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BAHRAIN crowed overall champions in 1st GCC Beach Bodybuilding competition
16 Oct 2010

BAHRAIN were crowed overall champions in the beach bodybuilding competition of the first GCC Beach Games, being held near the Marina Club's coast in Manama.

After winning the beach handball and laser standard gold medals earlier in the Games, the hosts added eight more medals yesterday in the two-hour final show, including three gold, four silver and one bronze.

Kuwait were second overall with two gold, four silver and one bronze, Oman took two gold and four bronze while Qatar finished fourth with one gold and two silver.

The event saw some of the best bodybuilders from four GCC countries - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar - competing in eight weight events. Each event saw six bodybuilders vying for the grand prize.

The remaining six weight contests were 65kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg, 85kg, 90kg, 100kg and above 100kg.

The main show, which took place at the handball court with hundreds of supporters cheering their favorites, featured a fiercely-contested battle among all 60 bodybuilders who qualified for the deciding show.

Bader Sultan gave Bahrain the first medal of the night, winning the 65kg weight category after a tough challenge from Nasser Saeed of Kuwait who finished second. Oman's Kamel Mubarak rounded off the podium with a third-place finish.

Bahrain's second gold medal was won in the 75kg event, where former world amateur champion Hussain Jassim stamped authority with some impressive poses and skills.

The silver was won by Ebrahim Hassan, also of Bahrain, while Abdulla Ali of Kuwait took the bronze.

Heavyweight star Sami Al Haddad then rounded off Bahrain's medal tally, winning the 90kg event following a stiff competition with Ahmed Askar of Kuwait and Oman's Malek Al Habsi who came second and third, respectively.

Bahrain's other medals were won by Arafat Yousef and Ali Al Khayyat who were second and third in the 70kg event while Raed Fuad and Saleh Hassan both came second in the 100kg and above 100kg sections, respectively.

The participants were earlier lined up for the weigh-in session last Wednesday, which was followed by the pre-judging on Thursday to decide the top six bodybuilders in each weight category.

The show was followed by the awarding ceremony, held under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports president and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC) president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa who honored the 75kg winners.

The winners in the other categories were honoured by senior sports officials from the BOC, General Organization for Youth and Sports as well as Bahrain Weightlifting and Bodybuilding Association.





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