Sharshani shines in jet ski event


DOHA WALEED AL SHARSHANI reserved his best in the biggest race and clinched the Runabout Super Stock class at the Qatar International Jet Ski Championship, the first of the three-round series.

At the Wakrah Port, pole winner Sharshani, an international sailor with the 2006 Asian Games silver medal to his credit, bagged the 11-lap race with 22 minutes and 31.20 seconds.

He edged Rashid Ebrahim al Mannai, an international bike rider, by more than a half minute to pocket the top purse of QR24,000. Mannai, who clocked 23:11.82, earned QR 18,000. The third place was taken by Mohamed Abdullah al Heidous, who claimed QR15,000 with a time of 23:19.25. Both Mannai and Heidous were involved a tight battle for the second place, despite the latter beginning the race from the fourth place. But Heidous was edged by Mannai by about six seconds.

The same drivers dominated the Runabout Stock category also. But it was Heidous who was crowned the champion in the nine-lap race and won Qr14,000 with 16:44.21 time.

Mannai, who got QR11,000, was beaten to the second place by less than two seconds.

Sharshani took the last podium spot and banked QR 8,000.

Sharshani was also third in the Ski Division F1 class, which was won by French rider Ludovic Caumont. He clocked 17:39.66 in the 10-lap race to claim QR12,000. Rashid al Owais of the UAE took the second place and QR 9,000.

Abdulaziz Hamad Alomar of Kuwait raced superbly and won the Runabout Stock class, starting from the third spot. He was timed in 16:08.07 in the eight-lap race. The win was worth QR10,000. UAE’s Hamad Yousuf Allanjawi and Saudi Arabian Hesham Sami Baksh took the second and third spots in a very close race.

All the three winners were decided in a space of about six seconds.

The second and penultimate round will take place on November 2 and 3, while the final round is scheduled on November 12 and 13.

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