Asian men's beach handball championship: Third win in a row for Oman

 Action from the Asian men's beach handball championship match between Oman and Pakistan in Weihai, China, on Monday

Oman's winning streak at the seventh Asian Men's and Women's Beach Handball Championship continued on Monday as it trounced former champion Pakistan 2-0 (13-10, 16-14) to post its third successive victory at the Tianmu Resort Village in Zhang Jiachan Town of Weihai City in China's Shandong Province.

Oman, coached by Hamood al Hassani, had defeated Saudi Arabia and Japan in its previous Pool B matches and Monday's win puts it in a good position to make it to the semifinals.Inaugural edition winner in 2004, Oman, was tested in its match against Pakistan, a 2007 gold  medallist.After a narrow fight, Oman secured the first match 13-10. The second game was also closely contested and Oman players defended well to emerge 16-14 winner.Oman is a four-time silver medallist, and it takes on Thailand on Wednesday after a rest day. It concludes its league engagement with a tough match against Iran on Thursday. The 12-team event also serves as the qualifier for the IHF Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championship in Italy 2020. The top-two teams in China will advance to the worlds in Italy next year. Oman has been a regular at the beach handball worlds, having participated for the first time in 2004. Since 2010, it has qualified for the world championships, with its best finish achieved in 2016 – a seventh place in Budapest, Hungary.

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