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Al Attiya wins bronze for Qatar at London 2012

Nasser Al Attiya wins Qatar's first Olympic medal in 12 years in skeet shooting contest

Al Attiya wins bronze for Qatar at London 2012
Nasser Al-Attiya of Qatar won bronze in the Mens Skeet Shooting at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Getty Images)

Nasser Al Attiya on Tuesday won Qatar's first Olympic medal in 12 years when he took bronze in the men's skeet shooting competition.

US army sergeant Vincent Hancock took gold but his celebrations could be described as mute in comparison to those of the Qatari delegation.

Al Attiyah claimed the country's first medal in 12 years when he pipped Valeriy Shomin of Russia in a shootoff.

The 2011 Dakar Rally winner and current world rally championship driver was competing in his fifth Olympics and picked up the Gulf nation's third bronze medal when Shomin missed with his sixth shot in the decider.

The 41-year-old was mobbed by members of the Qatari delegation after his bronze success.

"I feel really fantastic, I have been waiting a long time, five Olympic Games, and I have been two times in the final and in Athens I was in a shootoff for a bronze medal and I lost," Al Attiyah said in comments published by Reuters.

"I am so happy with this medal and I think my country is so happy about this. It is fantastic."

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