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Oman at Olympics: Khatri hopes for a good show

1 Aug 2021

Oman’s campaign at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will conclude on Monday when Hamed al Khatri will compete in the men’s 50m rifle three positions at the Asaka Shooting Range.

The experienced marksman, who is participating in his second successive Olympics, is hoping to better his own individual best score (1,176) in the competition. His current score is also an Arab record. 

The 50m rifle three positions qualification event will witness a world-class field of 50 shooters in fray, including world and Olympic champions, and only the  top-eight will advance to the final, which will be held also on Monday.

Trained under national coach Sultan al Rushaidi, Khatri’s best display so far has been a gold at the Arab meet in Egypt last year.

Speaking ahead of his competition on Monday,  Khatri said, “ I am happy to compete at the Olympic Games for the second consecutive time. To represent the nation at the world’s biggest sporting stage is an honour for any athlete. I am looking forward for a good display tomorrow.

“My goal is to improve my personal best score and I am hopeful of achieving it.”

At the Rio 2016 Olympics, the 36 year old Khatri, who was the sultanate’s flag bearer in the Rio opening ceremony, had recorded a total of 1,138 (374- kneeling, 397-prone, 367-standing) to finish 43rd among the 44 competitors.

However, at the 2020 Arab Shooting Championships in Egypt in January, 2020, Khatri did the sultanate proud when he clinched a gold among a field of 38 shooters.

Currently ranked 68th in the world, Khatri had in the past represented Oman at the World Championships in Granada, Spain in 2014 besides competing at the Asian Games in 2018 and the Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar, in 2019. 

He has also participated at the World Cup regularly from 2017-2019. 

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