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Path to Tokyo begins on winning note for Omani 49er pair

by Morgan Kasmarik 10 Nov 2019 07:38 GMT
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Musab Al Hadi and Waleed Al Kindi on track to make Olympic sailing history for Oman after claiming gold at the 2019 49er Asian Championships.

Musab Al Hadi and Waleed Al Kindi have made a strong statement in their bid to become the first Omani sailors to qualify for the Olympic Games, after winning the 2019 49er Asian Championships in Abu Dhabi.

The 2019 49er Asian Championships is the first of five events leading up to the 2020 49er Asian Championships in March, an event which will decide the final 49ers spot on offer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

This week's championship regatta in Abu Dhabi was the first competition for Musab and Waleed after four months of training, and the overall win was a huge reward for all the hard work of recent months.

Oman Sail CEO David Graham said: "I am delighted with the result and congratulate Musab, Waleed and their team for the effort over the past week.

"It is really incredible to see how Musab and Waleed continue to achieve while representing Oman on the world stage. The effort they put in is to be commended and the result in Abu Dhabi is a testament to how hard they have been working. We couldn't ask for better ambassadors for our youth sailors."

The past four days of racing were anything but smooth sailing. All of Musab and Waleed's skill was needed on the opening day of competition, with the 8-10 knot breeze and choppy conditions setting the scene for some very technical racing. But the Omani team was more than up to the task, winning one race and improving with every outing to finish the day in second place overall.

The shifty wind prevailed on Thursday, and in the light conditions, the Omani team dropped to third on the leader board. But on the penultimate day, Musab and Waleed excelled, winning three out of four races and placing second in the other to move back into second place.

The dominance on the water continued on the final day, with Musab and Waleed competitive from start to finish to come away with the gold medal.

Following the win, Musab said: "This was a great result for us. The most important takeaway was how well Waleed and I worked together. We are really looking forward to our upcoming events and achieving more for Oman."

Next up for Musab and Waleed will be two events in Auckland, New Zealand; the 2019 Oceania Championships from 25-27 November, and the 49er World Championships from 3-8 December. The Omani team will begin the new year with two events, the 2020 49er Oceania Championships and the 2020 49er World Championships in Geelong, Australia, before the Olympic qualifier, the 2020 49er Asian Championships, begin in Abu Dhabi in March.

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