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Sheikh Juma wins UAE's first Asian Games medal

25-year-old Emirati bags silver medal in men's double trap shooting event in China

Sheikh Juma wins UAE's first Asian Games medal
FIRST MEDAL: Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum won UAEs first medal at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, taking the silver in the mens shooting double trap individual final (AFP/Getty Images)
Sheikh Juma wins UAE's first Asian Games medal
FIRST MEDAL: Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum won UAEs first medal at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, taking the silver in the mens shooting double trap individual final (AFP/Getty Images)

The UAE won its first medal at the 16th Asian Games when shooter Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum came second in the men’s double trap shooting event in China on Sunday.

Khaleej Times daily reported that Sheikh Juma scored a total of 182 points to secure the silver while India’s Ronjan Sodhi clinched the gold with 186 points after qualifying second.

Qatar’s Hamad Ali Al Marri required a shoot off to win the bronze after three shooters tied for third place.

The 25-year-old Emirati qualified for the final with a score of 138, following in the footsteps of UAE’s sole Olympic medalist, Shaikh Ahmad Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum, who won the gold in the same event at Athens in 2004.

The team gold went to China, who scored a total of 414 points, with Pan Qiang leading the way with 143 points. Kuwait came second with Fehaid Aldeehani top scoring with a 137 points, just ahead of Hamad Alafasi and Meshfi Almutairi with 136 and 134 respectively. India rounded out the top three with a total of 403 points.

With 40 of the 44 shooting titles played so far, China leads the pack with 19 gold medals, followed by South Korea with 13. North Korea and Kuwait have three and two respectively, while India, Kazakhstan and Japan have one each.

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