Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 July 2019

UAE cycling team win three Special Olympics gold medals

The country is currently ranked sixth in the Special Olympics medal table

The UAE won three more gold medals on Sunday at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Wam 
The UAE won three more gold medals on Sunday at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Wam 

The UAE's Special Olympics cycling team won three gold medals and a silver medal at the World Games on Sunday at Yas Marina Circuit.

It brings the national medal tally to 60, including 24 gold medals, 14 silver medals and 22 bronze.

Abdullah Al Dhuhoori, 29, won the gold medal in the 10-kilometre race in his age category with a time of 20.27.00, and silver in the 5km with a time of 10.20.00.

Mr Al Dhuhoori told state news agency Wam that he won thanks to his intense training and the morale of his competitors remains high.

Moosa Al Balooshi, 33, secured gold in the 5km in a time of 9.35.00. Hani Al Naqbi, 24, also competed in the 5km cycle and finished in 10.01.00, while Jonah Hambleton, 16, won gold in the 10k road race with a time of 18.07.00.

It is the second medal for Mr Hambleton. He and his brother Mica, both 16 and adopted, were the first athletes to cross the finish line at the Games, coming first and second in the triathlon on March 8.

Their brothers Joel, 21, and Issac, 18, also took gold and silver in the 1,500-metre open water swimming on Saturday.

The UAE is ranked sixth in the Special Olympics medal table, behind China, India, the United Kingdom, Russia and the United States.

Updated: March 18, 2019 11:42 AM

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