ABU DHABI, It was all smiles for Khalid Al Hajeri as the Emirati won gold in the shotput competition at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
At Dubai Police Stadium, the 34-year-old registered an impressive distance of 10.98 meters which was enough to stand at the top of the podium. Alexander Almenas of Puerto Rico (10.31m) and Hellas’ Konstantinos Trigazis (9.68m) finished second and third respectively.
Al Hajeri said: “This is a proud moment for me as I have always dreamt of winning a gold medal for the UAE.” “I have honoured my country by winning my competition, which was very difficult as there were some strong competitors. But I always felt confident and had high spirits and I’m so pleased to have won.
“The organisation of the World Games has been fantastic and I have really enjoyed the experience of meeting so many athletes from different nations.”
Al Hajeri will be hoping to add to his medal collection when he competes in the 4x100m and long jump competitions later this week.
Source: Emirates News Agency