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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 1: The Kuwait shooting team won five gold, silver and bronze medals in the shooting competitions of the 10th Asian Shooting Championship and the Grand Prix Shooting Championship in Kazakhstan, which started on July 28 and will continue until August 8.

Duaij Al-Otaibi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwaiti Shooting Sports Federation and Club, said in a press statement that Kuwaiti shooter Bader Al-Muqalled managed to win the gold medal in the individual trap competition, beating Qatar’s Rashid Al-Athba, who came second, and Chinese shooter Yu Heshong, who ranked third.

Al-Otaibi added that Kuwaiti shooter Sarah Al-Hawal won the gold medal in the individual dirt competitions, outperforming both the Chinese and Kazakhstan shooters. In shooting Flying Disks, Kuwaiti shooter Nasser Al-Maqled won the gold medal in the dirt competition, surpassing Italian shooter Mattia Sardi, who came second, while Kuwaiti Talal Al-Rashidi came third, achieving bronze in the competition.

In the women’s singles dirt competitions, Shahd Al-Hawal won the silver medal and second place against a strong Chinese competitor who won first place in the competition, bringing the Kuwaiti champions five medals in the individual dirt competitions in the two championships.

Al-Otaibi praised the achievements of Kuwaiti shooters and the development of their performance and level, which enabled them to climb to the podiums, pointing out that the Kuwaiti shooters will participate in the World Shooting Championship in Croatia coming September.


BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan’s hopes of getting closer to a semi-final berth took a hit when they were stunned 4-1 by New Zealand in their second Pool ‘A’ game of the Commonwealth Games hockey tournament on Sunday.
Once Hugo Inglis scored a quickfire double in the second quarter for New Zealand, there was no way back for Pakistan, who opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw against South Africa on Saturday.
With the top two sides from each of the two pools advancing to the last four, Pakistan now need to win their remaining two matches against Scotland and Australia to go through.
Six-time champions Australia got their campaign off to a flyer with a 12-0 dismantling of Scotland, who had drawn 5-5 with New Zealand on Saturday.
With defender Mubashar Ali suffering from a blow to the head during the match against South Africa and being cautiously used, New Zealand were able to exploit Pakistan’s defensive fragility to get a crucial victory.
Pakistan manager Sameer Hussain said the team needed to pick itself up for the remaining matches.
“Our defence was not at its best today due to Mubashar’s injury. We were compelled to rest him time and again during the match and send his replacements as he was not fully fit,” Sameer told APP.
“We also missed our chances to score goals. Yesterday, we played our first game and today the second one. But there are no excuses for it as we needed to win this match.
“New Zealand put us on the back foot in the second quarter and we could not really get back into it. We were not at our best today. We have to accept that. We will pick ourselves up and try to win the next two matches to qualify for the semi-finals.”
After a goalless first quarter, Inglis scored back-to-back goals in the 17th and 18th minutes for New Zealand. Pakistan got back into the contest when Ghazanfar Ali netted a splendid field goal just before the halftime whistle.
New Zealand, however, made sure of the result when Dylan Thomas got their third in the 43rd before Sam Lone put the icing on the cake when he made it 4-1 in the final minute of the match.


BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan women suffered their second consecutive loss at the Commonwealth Games as their arch-rivals India put up a ruthless performance to win their much-anticpated clash by eight wickets at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Skipper Bismah Maroof’s decision to bat first backfired as Indian bowlers put the choke on the Pakistan batters to bowl them out for a meagre 99 after a rain delay reduced the match to 18 overs per innings.
Indian spinners Sneh Rana and Radha Yadav stood out with two wickets each.
The chase was clinical too with Smriti Mandhana (63 not out off 42 balls), arguably the most attractive batter in women’s cricket, flaunting her range of strokes on way to a fine unbeaten half century.

The result was India gunned down the target in just 11.4 overs, two days after Pakistan lost to Barbados by 15 runs.
Having both lost their Games opener India and Pakistan arrived at the stadium knowing another defeat would just about end any medal hopes, putting more weight on a fixture that never needs any.
“Whenever we get the opportunity to play against Pakistan we always want to do well,” said India’s Harmanpreet Kaur. “This game was very important to win, not just because it was Pakistan.”
India can clinch a semi-final spot with a win over Barbados in their final Group ‘A’ match on Wednesday while Pakistan need victory over Australia and plenty of help in the tiebreaker scenarios to keep their slim hopes of advancing.
Mandhana’s special effort comprised three sixes, including a step out hit off spinner Tuba Hassan for her half-century. A seemingly effortless loft over cover of pacer Diana Baig in the third over was also of the highest quality.
It was the second time this year that an Indo-Pak contest failed to produce a close game with India winning comfortably against their opponents even in the 50-over World Cup in New Zealand.
Renuka Singh, who bowled a dream spell in a losing cause against Australia, started with a rare maiden in the T20 format.
Three balls later, Pakistan were one down with no runs on the board as pacer Meghna Singh induced an outside edge off opener Iram Javed’s bat with a ball that shaped away.
Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur went for the extra all-rounder in the playing eleven, bringing in Sneh Rana at the expense of spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
Rana made instant impact by removing a well set Muneeba Ali (32) and Bismah (17).
Muneeba played some bold strokes in her 30-ball effort, including a six with a slog sweep off S Meghna. Bismah perished while trying to sweep while Muneeba got beaten by the flight and offered a catch back to Rana.

Renuka made it 64 for four in the 12th over by getting rid of Ayesha Nadeem.
Even India opener Shafali Verma rolled her arm over and got a wicket of a sharp return catch.
Pakistan tried but were not able to break free from the shackles and ended up with a below par total.

FANS FIND COMMON GROUND
In the stands, Pakistan and India fans mingled during the clash, with supporters hailing the occasion as a chance to increase harmony.
While the India and Pakistan rivalry is centred around men’s cricket, the women fully understand its significance and their increasing role in it.
With Birmingham recognised as one of Britain’s most diverse cities with large Indian and Pakistani communities the crowd at the Edgbaston oval was the largest of the tournament.
The atmosphere outside the ground on a drizzly morning was more family outing than the hysteria that usually follows a men’s meeting as fathers and mothers with children in tow soaked up the fun.
“It’s just a game at the end of the day but a good game,” summed up one father in an India jersey accompanied by four young girls.
The Pakistani fans impressed with their fancy dress one dressed in a “Mad Hatter “-style costume in the national colours and another wearing a superhero-style outfit with a shock of green hair.
Pharmaceutical consultant Rahul Vyas said the match at the Commonwealths — otherwise known as the “Friendly Games” — was “a wonderful place to increase love, harmony and peace”.
Vyas travelled from London with his two teenaged children and his sister.
To him, sporting clashes between Pakistan and India present an opportunity for engagement between the two sets of supporters.
“This can be a uniting force,” the 47-year-old told the AFP news agency.
“If I cannot interact with my Pakistani friends how will I be friends with them?
“This is a great opportunity today — look at that Pakistani boy, he is around the same age as my son.
“They both have the same passion for cricket, too many things are there for the basis of a friendship.” He added: “There are certain things our two countries are fighting over but let others deal with political issues.
“Us normal Indian and Pakistani people we can form the roots of a bigger friendship through cricket.”
The occasion was not lost on the players or the fans, the cheering was loud and constant.
At the conclusion no one was leaving Egbaston and setting themselves on fire, as distraught fans have done in the past when results have not gone their way, but the smiles on the faces of India supporters signalled their trip home was going to be a more up beat one.
“It is always a special feeling when you play against Pakistan but I would like to say it is just another game and not like, “ohhhh Pakistan”,” said Sneh Rana. “But it is a good game always. It is a special feeling.”


Dhananjaya de Silva completed a century before Sri Lanka declared their second innings on 360-8 to hand Pakistan a mammoth victory target of 508 in the second Test on Wednesday.
Vice Captain De Silva hit 109 and put on 82 runs for the eighth wicket with Ramesh Mendis, who was unbeaten on 45, after the hosts resumed day four on 176-5 in Galle.
De Silva was run out at the non-striker's end and skipper Dimuth Karunaratne called his batsmen back in the second session of play.
The West Indies hold the record for the highest-ever successful Test chase of 418 against Australia in 2003 at Antigua.

De Silva put on a key stand of 126 with overnight partner Karunaratne, a left-handed batsman who battled back pain during his knock of 61.
De Silva, who began the day on 27, reached his ninth Test hundred with a cracking boundary off Mohammad Nawaz and raised his bat to the applauding dressing room.
Karunaratne fell in the first session after he escaped two close calls, which were unsuccessfully reviewed by Pakistan, off Nauman Ali's left-arm spin.
Nauman finally got Karunaratne, caught at short leg, where Abdullah Shafique took a sharp reflex catch.
Karunaratne, who had back spasms and did not field in the Pakistan innings, got help from the physio during his two hours and 45 minutes at the crease as he went past 6,000 Test runs.
Sri Lanka fought back from 117-5 in their effort to bounce back from their opening loss in the two-match series.
Pakistan fell behind Sri Lanka by 147 runs after being bowled out for 231 in response to the hosts' first-innings 378.
Pakistan's highest chase came in 2015, when they made a target of 377 in Pallekele. The tourists chased down a Galle record of 342 in the opener of this series.


GALLE: Pakistan pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi has been ruled out of the second Test against Sri Lanka with a knee injury, the team said Thursday.
Shaheen, a left-arm quick, played a key part in the tourists’ opening win on Wednesday in Galle as he took four wickets in the first innings.
Shaheen, key for Pakistan in all three formats, was injured on the fourth day of the Test.
“Due to a knee injury sustained on the fourth day of the first Test, Shaheen Afridi will miss the second Test, which will be played in Galle from July 24,” read a team statement.
He will stay with the Test side in Sri Lanka, where his initial rehabilitation and management will continue under the supervision of the team’s medical staff, the release added.
The 22-year-old Shaheen, who has taken 99 wickets in 25 Tests since making his debut in 2018, led the Pakis­tan pace attack including Hasan Ali and Naseem Shah in the match that ended on a tense fifth day.
Opener Abdullah Shafique hit an unbeaten 160 to anchor Pakistan’s record chase of 342 at the Galle International Stadium to lead the two-match series 1-0.

HOSTS LOSE THEEKSHANA
Earlier on Thursday, Sri Lanka Cricket said that bowler Maheesh Theekshana had been ruled out of the second Test with a finger injury.
The spinner returned figures of 2-68 in Pakistan’s first innings in the opening Test. Uncapped all-rou­nder Lakshitha Manasinghe comes into the squad as replacement.
Batsman Pathum Nissanka, who contracted Covid in the middle of the second Australia Test earlier this month, returns for the final Pakistan match starting on Sunday in Galle.
The series is of vital importance for Sri Lanka, in terms of crucial World Test Championship points. After their loss in the first Test, they slipped to the sixth position in the table, with a points percentage of 48.15. Pakistan, on the other hand, moved up to the third spot, with a points percentage of 58.33.


GILGIT: For the first time, more than 100 climbers summited the world’s second highest peak in a single day, with female mountaineers from Pakis­tan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Oman creating history by becoming the first-ever woman of their respective country to reach the top of 8,611-metre K2.

Pakistani climber Samina Baig, who had summited Mt. Everest in 2013, summited K2 along with her team, three hours before ‘mountaineer mom’ Naila Kiani, who had scaled Gasherbrum-II only last year, summited it. In all, 18 Pakistanis, including many from Gilgit-Baltistan, scaled the country’s highest peak on the same day.

Also, 29-year-old Grace Tseng has become the world’s youngest female climber to summit K2 without supplemental oxygen and the first Taiwanese ever to have stood on top of the Savage Mountain.
While 170 climbers from various continents had started their summit push from the base camp recently, more than 100 mountaineers from the US, Canada, the UK, Russia, China, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Andorra, Poland, South Africa, Japan, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Nepal and Malaysia started reaching the top of K2 from the early hours of Friday morning till afternoon.
Samina Baig creates history, again; 29-year-old makes it to summit without supplemental oxygen; women from Iran, Saudi Arabia and Oman break glass ceiling
The astonishing feat by several expedition teams was made possible as the forecast of stable weather at Karakoram Range Mountains encouraged five people from Nepal to fix ropes to the top of the peak, opening the route for other climbers on late Thursday evening.
Besides the two Pakistani women, Sirbaz Khan, Fida Ali, Eid Mohammad, Sohail Sakhi, Bulbul Karim, Ahmed Baig, Rizwan Dad, Waqar Ali, Shah Doulat, Shah Shimshali, Wajidullah Nagri, Akber Hussain Sadpara, Abid Hussain Sadpara, Zakir Sadpara, Ashraf Sadpara and Mr Inayat from different parts of Pakistan with various expedition teams summited the peak on Friday.
“We are extremely proud to announce that Samina Baig with her strong Pakistani team, successfully summit the world’s most fascinating and dangerous mountain known as Savage Mountain, the world’s second and Pakistan’s tallest mountain, this morning at 7:42am,” said Karakoram expedition through a press release.
Samina Baig who comes from the remote village Shimshal not only has the honour of being the first Pakistani woman to summit K2 and Mt Everest, but also holds the unique record of being the first Pakistani amongst men and women to climb seven summits in seven continents.
From Iran, Afsaneh Hesamifard is the first woman to summit K2. She has already summited Mt Everest and Manaslu. Similarly, Lebanese-Saudi fitness expert Nelly Attar set a new record by becoming the first-ever Arab woman to summit the world’s second highest peak. Also, Nadhira Alharthy is the first woman from Oman to have graced her country with the honour.
As part of her campaign to beat the time record of ascending all the 14 eight-thuosanders across the world within six months, a 36-year-old woman from Norway, Kristin Harila, also summited K2. For this purpose, she had started her attempt to climb five 8,000-metre high peaks in Pakistan, including K2 and Nanga Parbat, in two months.
Tseng Ko-Erh, aka Gr Stefi Trouget, a woman from Andorra, who summited K-2 without any supplemental oxygen, dedicated her summit to late Sergi Mingote, Ali Sadpara, Antonio Atanas — all fallen heroes of K2 Winter 2021 expedition.
Also, Ms Jing from China, who earlier climbed Mt. Everest and Lhotse in spring season without supplemental oxygen, summited K2 without additional oxygen.

French trekker rescued
Meanwhile, female French trekker, Nadia Sarah Baloul, who had been stranded at Concordia near K2 base camp since Wednesday, due to high altitude sickness was airlifted to Skardu by Pakistan Army helicopters on Friday.
The foreign trakker was awaiting rescue at Concordia near K2 base camp after she came down with high-altitude sickness. She is under treatment in Combined Military Hospital, Skardu, where her health condition is improving, said Apricot Tours managing director Wajahat Khan while speaking to Dawn.
He said the French trekker was part of a 13-member team of foreign trekkers who had started their base camp trek from Skardu about 10 days ago. He said Ms Sarah complained about breathing problems and nausea when she reached Concordia.

First summer push
This was the first K2 summer push of the season, as climbers are expected to summit the peak till July 25 before the next weather window on July 28 allows them to make an attempt, Mohammad Ali Nagri from Adventure Pakistan told Dawn.
He said over 100 climbers started their final summit push after the Nepalese team opened the route from camp to the top on Thursday night. The climbers started reaching the top of K2 at 2am on Friday and continued to do so till afternoon.
Karar Haidri from Alpine Club of Pakistan said K2 summiters descended to camp 4 or camp 3 after the summit. According to him, the fresh teams of climbers would start to move towards the summit on Saturday (today).


Pakistan's Abdullah Shafique smashed his second test hundred to put the tourists on course to accomplish a mammoth chase on day four of the opening test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Tuesday.
Pakistan finished on 222-3 needing 120 runs to grab the lead in the two-test series.
Sri Lanka had appeared to have the upper hand in the contest after they posted 337 in their second innings setting Pakistan a daunting target of 342.
Shafique combined with Imam-ul-Haq (35) in an opening stand of 87 and later raised 101 with skipper Babar Azam (55) in a vastly improved batting display by the tourists who were skittled out for 218 in the first innings.
Shafique's unbeaten 112 contained five fours and a six and he had Mohammad Rizwan on seven at the other end.
However, Shafique and Imam did not look very convincing when Pakistan began their chase.
Imam was dropped at cover and had an lbw decision against him reversed, while Shafique survived a strong leg-before appeal.
Imam's innings ended in a bizarre manner when he let go a ball from spinner Ramesh Mendis but marginally lifted his back foot in the process allowing Niroshan Dickwella to effect a lightning-fast stumping.
Sri Lanka seemed back in charge when Jayasuriya had Azhar Ali caught in the slip for six.
Babar, who smashed a century in the first innings, opened his account with a flicked four off Jayasuriya and hit the spinner over deep midwicket for a six in his next over.
Shafique took a single off Maheesh Theekshana to bring up his hundred and celebrated the milestone by kissing his helmet and embracing his captain Babar.
Jayasuriya bowled Babar around his legs in the final session though Pakistan appear to have their nose ahead in the contest.

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