Posted on May 19, 2017

Qatar added yet another medal to the tally as Ashraf Amgad Elseify won men’s hammer throw bronze medal at the Islamic Solidarity games in Baku. The 22-year-old athlete, the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships gold medallist, threw 73.17m to finish third.

It was a Turkish delight in the hammer throw final as Esref Apak clinched gold by the tiniest of margins from compatriot Ozkan Baltaci to hand the Turks their second athletics gold of the day. Turkey lead the tally with 155 medals, while Qatar now have seven medals in all, including one gold, one silver and five bronze. Apak fouled on his opening three efforts before he landed a season’s best 74.32m on his fourth attempt to win the gold. Baltaci was an agonising 19 centimetres short as he settled for silver in a Turkish one-two.

Another Qatari in the final, Ahmed Elseify, finished seventh with a 66.28m effort. Qatar’s Li Ping surged forward to the semi-finals of the men’s singles table tennis event with a 4-1 win over Olajide Omotayo at the Sarhadchi Arena yesterday. Li had little trouble taking the first game 11-5, but Omotayo bounced back with an 11-8 win in the second game. Thereafter Lee picked up three straight games 11-6, 11-8 and 11-9 to advance to the last four stage against Nima Alamian Daounkoalei of Iran.