Omani riders clinch fifth place at World Endurance Championships

Oman riders take part in the World Endurance Championships on Saturday

Oman riders claimed fifth place in the team event at the competitive FEI World Endurance Championships in Samorin, Slovakia on Saturday. 

Spain’s Jaume Punti Dachs captured individual gold and led his compatriots Alex Luque Moral and Angel Soy Coll to the team title. Moral took the individual silver, with Bahrain’s H H Sheikh Nasser al Khalifa claimed bronze.

The Spanish led an all-European team podium, with France bagging silver and the Netherlands holding on for bronze.

Australia pushed Oman to fifth place. The 160km track, which ran between the river Danube and the neighbouring canal, as well as through forestry and farmland, was flat and fast as 134 riders from 46 countries took part.

For Oman, Saleh al Balushi astride Rais Larzac was the best rider as he claimed tenth spot in individual category and finished the race in a time of sven hours 42 minutes and 31 seconds.

The other two riders who finished the race were Faisal al Farsi on Penchab Sully (7hr59m40s) and Sami al Bulushi on Areal (9hr18m02s). Farsi was placed 18th overall while Sami came 38th.

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Brigadier Abdulrazak al Shahwarzi (centre) speaks to the riders

Salim al Fori riding Osmos and Ahmed al Hamdani astride Allumez Le Feu retired during the race.

Brigadier Abdulrazak al Shahwarzi, Commader of Royal Cavalry, who accompanied the team, and Sayyid Mundhir al Busaidy, the Oman Equestrian Federation (OEF) chairman, congratulated the riders on their accomplishments.

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