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GOING FOR GOLD: GCC in the Olympics

As Saudi Arabia announces they will not send any female athletes to the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Kipp takes a closer look at the GCC countries relationship with the Olympics.

July 11, 2012 4:06 by

  • UAE

    First participation: In the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States

    Total Medals won: 1 (Gold) [Athens, 2004]

    Participation in the Olympics: 7 times

    Best sports: Shooting. UAE bagged a gold medal in Athens 2004’s shooting, men’s double trap.

    Star Athletes: Olympic champion Ahmed Al Maktoum, with few others like Alia Saeed Mohammed who is the champion in the women’s 5000 run and Silver-medalist at this year’s Asian Indoor Games in China, Bethlhem Dasalegn Belayneh.

    *Image source: sport360.com

  • Qatar

    First participation: In the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States

    Total Medals won: 2 (Bronze) [Barcelona 1992 and Sydney 2000]

    Participation in the games: 7 times

    Best sports: Weightlifting and athletics.

    Star Athletes: The country has sometimes been accused of 'buying' sporting talent as they strive for Olympic success. Neither of Qatar's medal winners (First-ever Olympic medalist for Qatar, Mohammed Sulieman, who won a bronze in 1,500m, in the Barcelona Olympics 1992, and Said Saif Asaad, who won a bronze in weightlifting, 2000 in the Men’s 105 kg weight class,) were born and raised in Qatar. Nigerian-born Femi Ogunode, a 200m runner, is hopeful of bagging a medal for Qatar this year.

    *Image source: Zimbio.com

  • Saudi Arabia

    First participation: In the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany

    Total Medals won: 1 Silver and 1 Bronze

    Best sports: Equestrian and athletics.

    Star Athletes: Hadi Souaan Al-Somaily won a silver for Saudi Arabia in 2000. His outstanding performance in the 400m hurdles saw him beat his own personal best time: 47.53 seconds. Khaled Al-Eid (born January 2, 1969,) a Saudi Arabian equestrian, won a bronze medal in individual jumping at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

    *Image source: sporting-heroes.net

  • Kuwait

    First participation: In the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico.

    Total Medals won: 1 (Bronze) [ Sydney 2000]

    Best sports: Shooting has given Kuwait all their top three rankings in the Beijing Olympics.

    Star Athletes: Fehaid Al Deehani won the country's first ever medal with a bronze in shooting, men's double trap in Sydney 2000. The medal was the first & only Olympic medal won by Kuwait.

    *Image source: sportinmalta.com

  • Bahrain

    First participation: In the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States

    Total Medals won: 0. [Stripped of 1 (Gold) [Beijing 2008]]

    Best sports: Athletics

    Star Athletes: Yusuf Saad Kamel competed in the 1500m in 2004 and 2008, finishing 5th overall in Beijing. Rashid Ramzi was originally awarded the gold medal in men's 1,500 meters (Bahrain's first Olympic medal) but it was later stripped due to doping violation.

    *Image source: sports.xin.msn.com

  • Oman

    First participation: In the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States

    Total Medals won: 0

    Best sports: Athletics, shooting and swimming

    Star Athletes: Buthaina Yaqoubi was the first female athlete to represent Oman in the Olympics. She competed in the 100m race in Beijing 2008.

    *Image source: Kishorcariappa.com

    Cover image source: constructionweekonline.com

 

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