x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Trio of Emiratis in action as Games near end

The UAE will be hoping to wind up their campaign in the London Paralympic Games with at least one more medal from their remaining track and field competitors.

Mohammed Hammadi, left, will be back on the track on Saturday competing in his final event of the Games.
Mohammed Hammadi, left, will be back on the track on Saturday competing in his final event of the Games.

The UAE will be hoping to wind up their campaign in the London Paralympic Games with at least one more medal from their remaining track and field competitors.

The best hope is Mohammed Hammadi, the silver medallist in the wheelchair 200m T34 sprint, who will be in action on the final day of competition in the 100m T34 dash Saturday.

"To be realistic, Mohammed is our only hope for another medal before we round off our campaign," Mohammed Fadhel Al Hameli, the chairman of the UAE National Paralympic Committee, said.

"We have won a gold and silver so far, and anything beyond that would be really good to have before we return home. Mohammed is very confident of winning another medal. He is really pumped up. Inshallah."

Three of the UAE squad will be in action in track and field competitions on Friday.

Mohammed Al Housani and Mohammed Al Mehairi compete in the F32/33/34 discus and Mohammed Bani Hashem in the wheelchair M27-200m.

Mohammed Vahdani narrowly missed out on reaching the finals in the wheelchair T54 at 400m and 800m, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in the heats on Wednesday.

Al Housani finished seventh while his teammate Abdulaziz Al Shekaili was 12th in the F32/33/34 12 discus throw.

"Overall we are very satisfied with the performances of our athletes," Al Hameli said.

"It is very tough out there and we have seen some really outstanding performances from athletes around the world. It has also been a good experience for some of our athletes."

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