Posted on May 06, 2013

A business studies student from Qatar University won gold in the 4th Gulf Taekwondo Championships held at Aspire women’s sports hall on 3rd and 4th May.

Mohammed Saad Dhair, a third-year undergraduate student at the College of Business and Economics, beat off stiff competition from others across the GCC to take the top spot in his Under 58kg weight category. Qatar’s total medal haul for the contest included two golds, two silver and two bronzes.

This is the second time the 23-year-old, who has been a member of the Qatar national taekwondo team since 2002, has won a gold medal in an international competition. In 2005, he won first place in Gulf championships, while he took silver in the 2009 Arab championships. In 2011 he was awarded a bronze medal in the Arab Games.

Speaking of his recent win, Mohammed said: “These championships were tougher than we thought – there was some really good competition, so I was pretty nervous. The contest is in Doha, so you need to do something special. I just tried to keep my focus throughout.

“When I got the gold medal – the first for Qatar in these championships – of course I was totally excited. It’s only my second-ever gold medal, so it’s special to me.”

Mohammed is now in training for the world taekwondo championships, in July this year. He added: “I am determined. I want to place first”