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