Hosni-Shuraiqi claim silver at FIVB World Tour event

Denmark’s Daniel Thomsen and Morten Overgaard hold aloft the trophy and the winner’s cheque in Salalah on Tuesday

The impressive run of Ahmed al Hosni and Haitham al Shuraiqi, who only were crowned the Arab champions last week, continued as the Omani pair bagged a silver in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1-star event, which concluded in Salalah on Tuesday.

The Omani duo went down fighting to the Danish pair of  Denmark’s Daniel Thomsen and Morten Overgaard 1-2 (23-21, 11-21, 9-15) in the title clash.

It was the best-ever show by an Omani duo at an FIVB event, bettering the fourth-place of Nouh al Jalboobi and Mazin al Hashmi at the previous edition in Muscat last year.

The winning duo collected a cash award of US$1,000 and 200 points while the Omani pair received US$700 and picked 180 points for the runner-up finish. The third-placed team earned 160 points and US$500 while the fourth-placed Omani team collected 140 points and US$400 for its efforts.

Abdul Qadir Ahmed al Haddad, deputy chairman of Dhofar Municipality, gave away the trophies in the presence of Sheikh Badr al Rawas, chairman of the Oman Volleyball Association and other officials.

The US$5,000 men’s-only tournament in Salalah is the second time in a row that Oman  hosted a FIVB World Tour competition after staging a 2017-18 event in Muscat.

Earlier, the other Omani duo of Nouh al Jalboobi and Mazin al Hashmi, failed to better its last year’s performance as it finished fourth.

Jalboobi and Hashmi lost to Poland’s team of Piotr Janiak and Piotr Ilewicz 1-2 (15-21, 21-12, 9-15).

Earlier on Monday, Jalboobi and Hashmi had cleared three hurdles, first with a win over Kazakhstan’s Artem

Petrossyants and Yegor Dimitriyev 2-0 (21-14, 21-9), then another win against Slovenia’s Danijel Pokersnik and Jure Peter Bedrac who retired after an injury 2-0 (21-12, 19-19), securing their spot in the quarterfinals.

They faced another European opponent – Czech Republic’s Frantisek Knobloch and Jakub Vala – to reach the semifinals with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-13) victory.

In the semis, Thomsen and Overgaard beat Jalboobi and Hashmi 2-1 (21-19, 17-21, 16-14) Hosni and Shuraiqi won both their matches in pool play to cruise straight into the quarterfinals. In their last-eight match against Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Babichev and Pavel Aleinik, the Omani duo handed their rivals a 2-0 (21-17, 21-13) defeat. And in the semis, Hosni and Shuraiqi were a comfortable 2-0 (21-15, 21-12) winner over Janiak and Ilewicz.

Meanwhile, Thomsen and Overgaard prevailed in a three-set encounter with Iran’s Amir Shoustarizadeh and Mohamed Sadeghi Malati, as the latter stopped the match because of an injury, conceding the match to their rivals 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 14-11) to reach last-four.

Janiak and Ilewicz also needed three sets to overcome their compatriots Adrian Sdebel and Sebastian Kaczmarek 2-1 (21-18, 18-21, 15-8) for a place in the semis.

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