Qatar clinches 14 medals as the 2023 Asian Games draw to a close.

The Asiad, a continental multi-sport event held every four years, recently concluded in Hangzhou, China. China emerged as the dominant force in the medal count, but Qatar made a significant mark of its own.

Qatar’s impressive performance garnered praise from the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Secretary-General, H.E. Jassim bin Rashid Al Buenain. The country secured a total of 14 medals, including five gold, six silver, and three bronze.

Al Buenain commended Qatar’s athletes, acknowledging their consistent excellence in major events. He mentioned that several athletes were on the brink of winning medals, were it not for a stroke of luck.

Expressing satisfaction with the results, Al Buenain attributed the success to the unwavering support of Qatar’s leadership and the dedicated efforts of the Qatar Olympic Committee, under the guidance of His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani. He also recognized the contributions of federations and committees in this achievement.

Al Buenain expressed hope that these results would inspire Qatar’s athletes to strive for even greater achievements in future competitions.

Qatar’s handball team clinched their final victory against Bahrain, securing another gold. This marked the third gold campaign for the Qatari squad, following their triumphs in 2014 and 2018.

Gold medals were claimed by high jump legend Mutaz Barshim, and Abderrahman Samba Alsaleck, who triumphed in the men’s 400-metre hurdles. Mohammed Al Garni and beach volleyball champions Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan also contributed to Qatar’s gold haul.

The silver category featured Qatar’s equestrian team, Faleh Al Ajami, Khalifa Al Thani, Rashid Al Marri, and Basem Mohammed, who secured second place in the jumping team. The 4x400M relay team, comprised of Abderrahman Samba, Ashraf Osman, Ismail Abakar, and Bassem Hemeida, also earned a silver medal. Additionally, silver medals were awarded to Qatar’s Basketball 3 vs 3 team and the Skeet shooting team.

Squash player Abdullah Al Tamimi earned his first Asian Games medal, while shooters Reem Al Sharshani and Rashid Al Athba claimed bronze.

The Hangzhou Asian Games witnessed over 12,000 athletes from 45 nations competing. China dominated the medal tally with an impressive 383 medals (201 gold), followed by Japan (188 medals, 52 gold) and the Republic of Korea (190 medals, 42 gold).


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