The fifth day of competitions during the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST), organised by Sharjah Women’s Sports (SWS), was marked by fierce contests in volleyball, table tennis and athletics. UAE runners claimed the half marathon competition, winning both gold and silver medals. Meanwhile, Algerian athletes dominated the table tennis competitions again.

Athletics

On Saturday, the athletics competitions kicked off at Al Thiqah Club for Handicapped at 6:30 am with the half marathon (21.1km) competition. Runners at the starting point included Comoros’ Santa Africa Club athlete Hajar Al Zarouni, and Sharjah Women’s Sports Club’s Salha Al Basti and Sara Al Alman, who crossed the finish line in 2:02:55 securing the gold medal. Teammate Al Basti completed the race in 2:12:59 securing the silver. The Santa Africa Club athlete did not complete the race due to an injury.

Volleyball

Also on Saturday, Bahrain’s Al Ahli Club recovered from Friday’s defeat by Jordan’s De La Salle Club by securing a valuable101 – 85 win against Syria’s Taldara Club in a thrilling 4-set match held at SWS.

In the second game of the day, Algeria’s Le Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers scored an impressive win over Jordan’s De La Salle Club, with 3 sets to zero. The score at the end of the match stood at 75-44.

With a well-deserved win in their last game, the Egyptian Sporting Sports Club appear determined to take the volleyball title back home for the second time in a row. Their game against Princess Nora University Club on Friday evening was another step towards their goal as they dominated the match from the beginning. It ended with an easy 3-0 set win for the Egyptians, with a 75 – 24 final score.

Basketball 

Basketball competitions continued yesterday (Friday) with Bahrain’s Al Riffa Sports taking on Syria’s Al Sahel Sports Club. The closely fought game went to extra time with Al Sahel Sports Club winning the game by 3 points, with a final score of 50 - 47.

In the second match on Friday, Kuwait’s Al Fatat Sports Club took on Elite Athletes Club from KSA. The game ended 90 – 66 in favour of the Kuwaiti team.

Meanwhile, the match between Alegria's Le Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers and UAE’s Sharjah Women's Sports Club held on Friday, saw the Algerian players dominate the game with a final score of 81 – 60.

Table tennis 

On Saturday, Algerian players once again topped the table tennis matches with Kateba Kasasi clinching the gold medal in the table tennis individual competitions held at SWS. Fellow teammate Mleesa Nasiri secured the silver medal. The bronze went to Moroccan Enas Otola.

The 5th edition of the tournament concludes on February 12.

Source: National Network Communications – NNC