Posted on September 03, 2018

Jakarta, Indonesia – After two weeks of spectacular performances, Team Qatar will return home to Doha with 13 medals from 6 different sports. The team athletes that competed were from 20 different National Sport Federations.  With 29 female athletes featuring, it was Team Qatar’s largest female delegation to the Asian Games ever.  There were more than 30 athletes under the age of 20, showing the huge potential Team Qatar has for future events.

MEDAL CHART:

Gold – 6          Silver – 4         Bronze – 3

H.E Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al-Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee, commented on the success of the Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 saying: "Indonesia has staged a very successful Asian Games 2018. We would like to thank the Organizing Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia for their efforts to facilitate and provide all the necessary resources to the participating delegations and guests. We would also like to wish the next edition of the Asian Games, Hangzhou 2022, all the best and success.” The success of Team Qatar goes beyond simply the medals that we won. Our athlete delegation is continuing to grow at each Games, and we had athletes competing in new sports such as basketball 3x3, Air sports and triathlon for the first time. We also achieved more top-10 finishes than prior Asian Games. 

Commenting on Team Qatar's performance at the Asian Games, H.E Shaikh Joan bin Hamad Al-Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee, added: "We would like to thank Team Qatar athletes and officials who have done their best and performed exceptionally well at the Asian Games. Developing the skills and experiences of our athletes is one of the key pillars of the Qatar Olympic Committee’s strategic plan.  We aim to continue supporting our athlete’s growth and wish them continued success in upcoming championships.” Our aim now is to build on the success that we have achieved at the Asian Games 2018 and continue to take sport in Qatar to even greater level.  The QOC will work closely with each of our national sport federations to prepare for Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

H.E Jassim bin Rashid Al Buainain, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee, added: “We aimed to have as many athletes from both genders and from different ages groups participating at the Asian Games.  The Qatar Olympic Committee is committed to inspiring, engaging and empowering people in Qatar to take part in sport.  This is an important goal and vision for the Qatar Olympic Committee to ensure a sustainable sports development.  We hope that the Asian Games experience will motivate our athletes to maintain their performance at the highest level at their upcoming competitions, and at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games.”

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We also hope that the whole of Qatar will continue to unite behind our athletes as they strive to achieve their dreams. The support of our nation goes a long way to motivating and inspiring Team Qatar to reach new levels and greater success. We are a young and a small country and our athletes are giving us all a reason to be proud of the success that they are achieving on a global stage.

TOP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Largest female delegation with 29 athletes competed at the Asian Games in 9 different sports.
  • Brothers Noah Al Khulaifi and Yacob Al Khulaifi competed against each other in the freestyle.
  • Huda Akbar, first Qatari taekwondo female athlete took part in women’s individual Poomsae and gave a strong performance against her opponent Khim Wen Yap from Malaysia but didn’t qualify for the quarterfinals.
  • Tala Abu Jabara competed in the singles sculls repechages and ranked 6th overall.
  • Team Qatar’s gymnasts Ahmed Al Dayani participated at the Asian Games 2018 and competed in the qualifying rounds of artistic gymnastics but failed to make it to the next round. Al Dayani will also participate at the upcoming Artistic World Gymnastics Championship in Doha in October 2018.
  • Fares Elbakh won Qatar’s first weightlifting medal of the Asian Games. He set history by snatching the silver medal in the men’s 94kg class.
  • Team Qatar’s equestrian athletes won a bronze medal in the Team Showjumping competition while Sheikh Ali Al Thani won a silver medal in the individual jumping.
  • Team Qatar’s Athletics team won 4 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze, with a total of 7 medals. Abdulrahman Samba set a new Asian Games record of 47.66 seconds erasing the old time of 48.42 seconds in the Men’s 400m Hurdles.  
  • Team Qatar’s Men’s 4x400m relay obliterated the Qatari record which was set in 2015 and took off 0.2 of the Asian record of 3.00.76 set by Japan at the 1996 Olympic Games.
  • Team Qatar’s Handball Team retains their title after defeating Bahrain 32-27. Team Qatar remained unbeaten for 7 matches throughout their journey to the Asian Games 2018 finals.

Fans can follow Team Qatar’s competitions and performances at the Asian Games 2018 on Team Qatar’s social media channels and website here www.Olympic.qa

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