Jakarta, Indonesia: Middle-distance runner Hassan Abdalelah won the first gold for Qatar at the Asian Games here on Sunday.
The 21-year-old clocked 44.88 pipping India's Mohammad Anas (45.69) to the second while Bahrain's Khamis Ali was only a second behind for the bronze.
Abdalelah became the youngest athlete to win a medal in 400m at the 2016 World Indoor Championships in Portland, USA. He was also the first Asian to win a medal (bronze) at the World Championships in 2017 in London.
Silver for Hassouna in weighlifting
Qatar’s Fares Ibrahim Hassouna won a silver medal in weightlifting in the 94kg category on Saturday.
The 20 year-old lifted a combined 381kg while Iran’s Sehrab Mouradi took the gold.
“The competition was intense as there were top lifters. But I am happy with my performance here,” said Hassouna.
This is the second medal for Qatar after Hamad Al Marri won the bronze in double trap shooting.
Qatar bow out of 3x3 basketball
Meanwhile, in 3x3 men’s basketball, China beat Qatar 21-18 in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Following their win, the Chinese also overcame Iran 21-19 to advance into the final.
In other quarterfinals, Iran slogged before winning 18-17 against Chinese Taipei 18-17, Thailand beat Japan (21-13) while South Korea beat Kazakhstan 17-13.