Dubai Police dominated the Fearless Warrior category at the fourth Dubai Desert Warrior Challenge on Friday, clinching the top three places in the event held at the Dubailand district.
Supported by Dubai Sports Council and a part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge this year, the Dubai Warrior Challenge saw record participation, but it was Emirati policeman Saeed Al Kindi who took the top spot among the Fearless Warriors, completing the 5km, 12 obstacle-course in 32 minutes and 10.5 seconds.
His Dubai Police compatriots Khalid Al Khouri (32:34.5) and Khalifa Madhaf (32:39.7) followed close behind. All three belonged to the male 25-29 age group.
Dubai policemen also took the top three positions in the male 18-24 age group of the Fearless Warrior category, and they also bagged the top spot in the women’s 25-29 age group.
In the Ultimate Warrior category, Norway’s Hallvard Borsheim, winner of last year’s Singapore Spartan in both the Sprint and Super categories, was fastest on the 10km course, clearing the 20-plus obstacles and reaching the finish line in 48 minutes and 38 seconds.
Great Britain’s Kerry Cook took the top honours among the Female Ultimate Warriors, finishing well clear of Croatian Helena Tustic.
ULTIMATE WARRIOR 10KM
Male: Hallvard Borsheim (NOR) 47:01; Jacques Gilbert 48:38; Xhaferr Gixhari (ALB) 51:29
Female: Kerry Cook (GBR) 54:50; Jelena Tustic (CRO) 1:00:44; Fleur Healy 1:01:19
Teams: Team Atlantis 57:54; Team target 1:00:42; The Ultimate Team 1:08:10
FEARLESS WARRIOR 5km
Female 16-17: Sarah Austin (USA) 1:17:06.3; Zoe Zietsman (RSA) 1:18:43.6; Shahd Yasser (EGY) 1:41:54.0
Male 16-17: Wojciech Bajda (POL) 56:12.2; Ibrahim Khalil (UAE) 56:35.6; Will Austin (USA) 59:58.1
Female 18-24: Anastasia Zaitceva (RUS) 1:18:08.5; Shrouk Yasser (EGY) 1:23.00.2; Camille Hubert (FRA) 1:26:59.0
Male 18-24: Bader Ashoor (UAE) 35:06.3; Mohammed Al Jabery (YEM) 36:55.2; Hamad Mohammed (UAE) 38:29.3
Female 25-29: Salim Al Farsi (UAE) 33:48.5; Emanuella Romana (ROU) 57:13.0; Anna Nesterenko (UKR) 1:01:37.6
Male 25-29: Saeed Al Kindi (UAE) 32:10.5; Khalid Al Khouri (UAE) 32:34.5; Khalifa Madhaf (YEM) 32:49.7
Female 30-34: Silvia Contri (ITA) 51:17.2; Jess Body (NZL) 51:52.3; Jurgita Alaubaidi (LTU) 1:02:34.1
Male 30-34: Ahmad Al Ahmadi (UAE) 40:10; Patrik Valcak (CZE) 40:14.3; Yahya Al Mulla (UAE) 44:39.1
Female 35-39: Paula Zietsman (RSA) 1:18:43.1; Beth Austin (USA) 1:18:51.3; Juliana Suciu (USA) 1:22.00.4
Male 35-39: Matar Ahmed Al Obaida (UAE) 33:11.8; Khalid Al Kaabi (UAE) 33:49.2; Abubakir Khamis (UAE) 58:40.7
Female 40-44: Taina Santin (BER) 1:36:15.4
Male 40-44: Mohammed Hussain (UAE) 40:33.3; Mohammed Al Breiki (UAE) 53:21; Ali Al Muhairi (UAE) 1:01:47.1
Female 45-49: Eric Horring (NZL) 1:22:36.1
Female 50-plus: Raymond Kelly (UK) 1:11:22.2
Male 50-plus: Ahmed Ginawi (SUD) 1:13:05.6
From Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli to Badminton superstar PV Sindhu, many Indian sport stars have wished their fans and others celebrating Diwali well on social media.
Sport360 has rounded-up a selection of sporting Tweets which mark the Hindu holiday:
A very Happy Diwali to everyone. 😇🙏 pic.twitter.com/JmV5HZObi1
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 19, 2017
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 19, 2017
Wishing everyone a Very Happy and prosperous Diwali!! Don’t harm the environment and be safe.
— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) October 18, 2017
— John Cena (@JohnCena) October 19, 2017
Diwali greetings to everyone. May love & light fill your homes today & the rest of the year. I’ve seen a big change in terms of firecrackers this year, Kudos to everyone for looking after our environment/animals this #Diwali
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 19, 2017
Happy Diwali. I hope your guys are having a blast and your spirit’s shine a light so bright it will be impossible to miss! God Bless #diwali
— Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) October 19, 2017
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) October 19, 2017
— Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) October 19, 2017
Happy Deepavalli. 🎉let’s meet people and celebrate rather than immersing ourselves into tv programs or wishing people over messages.🙏
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 18, 2017
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) October 18, 2017
Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous Deepavali!
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 18, 2017
“May Lord Rama bless us with good health, peace & happiness”
!! शुभ दीपावली !!
Happy Diwali to all !! pic.twitter.com/l9kzKxnoAN
— Sakshi Malik (@SakshiMalik) October 19, 2017
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) October 19, 2017
HAPPY DIWALI 😊 pic.twitter.com/3Zh0kcpK1p
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) October 19, 2017
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 19, 2017
Happy Diwali to all of my Indian friends 🇮🇳🙏
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) October 18, 2017
For some, everyday is Diwali and Diwali is like every other day…let’s care for them. pic.twitter.com/B73vCUha3M
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 19, 2017
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 19, 2017
Wishing all a Happy Diwali. May it fill your heart with joy and happiness.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) October 19, 2017
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 19, 2017
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 18, 2017
— The Maharaja (@JinderMahal) October 18, 2017
With the local footie season upon us we have the lowdown on each team aiming to compete for the AFL Middle East Premiership title.
From the key players to our predictions for the year, we have you covered.
Who do you think will win?
PREMIERSHIPS: 1; 2010/11
COACH: Josh Walker
CAPTAIN: Zac Moon
KEY PLAYERS: Zac Moon, Rhys Watkins, Adam Bence
2016/17 SEASON: 4th
SPORT360 PREDICTION: 3rd.
The Falcons have been pushing for the top three the past three seasons but have lost some key games by the narrowest margins.
With early strong squad numbers the Falcons look set to push once again, and who knows might even reach the 2017/18 GF.
PREMIERSHIPS: 1; 2013/14
COACH: Pitre Bourdon
KEY PLAYERS: Andrew Moore, Andreas Serner, Chris Brandner
2016/17 SEASON: 5th
SPORT360 PREDICTION: 5th.
The loss of three stalwarts over the summer will hurt the Kangaroos.
Each game they play will have a lot on the line due to their match results counting for double points.
If they snare a couple of wins early it could really rock the premiership ladder. Watch this space.
COACH: Mo Darwish
CAPTAIN: Ben Dawson
KEY PLAYERS: Jess McGuirk, Jake Gardner, Sean Nicholas
2016/17 SEASON: 3rd
SPORT360 PREDICTION: 4th.
The Dingoes have been hit hard in the off season after losing utilities Myles Lynch (moved overseas) and Mitch Hyde (injured).
Time will tell if the Dingoes can bounce back to fight it out for the top two.
The oldest club in the league, but still searching for their first league title.
PREMIERSHIPS: 5; 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17
COACH: Rich Wharton
CAPTAIN: Ryan Perkins
KEY PLAYERS: Travis Hayward, Ryan Perkins, Lach de Morton
2016/17 SEASON: Premiers
SPORT360 PREDICTION: 2nd.
Have been the dominant team for the past six years but surely this dynasty will not last.
The team is full of fresh faces but will they continue to fly the Dragons flag? Still definitely the hunted team, though.
COACH: Nathan Holly
CAPTAIN: Nathan Holly
KEY PLAYERS: Jack Egan, Nick Burchell, Jon Hickey
2016/17 SEASON: Runners-up
SPORT360 PREDICTION: 1st.
After falling short the past three seasons the Bulls will no doubt come out firing for 2017/18.
We expect the Bulls to overturn last year’s narrow Grand Final defeat and finally taste AFLME Premiership success.