x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Alia Saeed wins 5,000m gold for UAE at Arab Games

Beltehm Belayneh joins her in a one-two finish as Al Maazmi bags karate gold, but Al Salfa finishes fifth in men's 200m.

Alia Saeed made up for the disappointment of not starting in the women’s 1,500-metre race by winning the gold in the 5,000m final.
Alia Saeed made up for the disappointment of not starting in the women’s 1,500-metre race by winning the gold in the 5,000m final.

DOHA // After Saturday's clean sweep in equestrian, the UAE savoured a one-two finish in the women's 5,000metres yesterday at the Arab Games.

Alia Saeed came home just over a second faster than teammate Belthem Belayneh to win a gold medal for the Emirates.

The pair have finished first and second before, in January's 10km women's race at the Dubai Marathon, when Belayneh was the winner.

Earlier in the Games, Belayneh received a bronze medal in the 1,500m, a race Saeed failed to start.

Also yesterday, the Emirati sprinter Omar Al Salfa, a bronze medallist at both the 2010 Asian Games in Gangzhou, China, and this year's Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan, ran fifth in the men's 200m.

Aziz Ouhadi from Morroco took the gold ahead of Femi Seun Ogunode, the Nigerian-born Qatari who won gold on both of the occasions when Al Salfa took the bronze.

Ogunode had won gold in the 100m on Thursday, with Ouhadi taking bronze.

The UAE's Marwan Al Maazmi also won gold, in karate, winning the men's individual Kata ahead of Mostafa Khalil of Egypt.

The Emirati swimmer Mubarak Al Besher suffered a narrow miss in the pool.

He lost out on the bronze medal by just 0.17 seconds in the 100m breatstroke.

Disappointment also was waiting for Ahmed Mohammed when he failed to record a legal throw in the men's shot put.

The UAE have won eight gold medals at the Arab Games and lie 10th toverall in the medal table, behind Iraq.

Egypt have been dominating the championships with 180 medals, including 69 golds, which is nearly double the next nearest country, Tunisia.

The hosts, Qatar are third with 29 golds and 92 total medals.