Seven-time Olympian Abdullah Alrashidi wins Olympic medal at 58, oldest shooter at Tokyo Games • InsideSport
Shooting at the Tokyo Olympics: Seven-time Olympian Abdullah Alrashidi wins Olympic medal at 58, oldest shooter at Tokyo Games: Age is not only a number, but also a driving force in Abdullah Alrashidi’s quest to do things as rare as winning an Olympic medal at 58 and activities as significant as shooting in the centerpiece of sport. wearing an Arsenal FC jersey.
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On Monday, the seven-time Olympian won bronze in the men’s skeet event and soon after achieving what few have in Olympic history, vowed to go for gold in Paris 2024, date on which he will have turned sixty. .
“I am 58 years old. I am the oldest shooter and the bronze medal is worth more than gold to me. I am very happy with this medal, but I hope, at the next Olympics, a gold medal. Paris! ”He declared to the Olympic information service at the Asaka shooting range.
“I am not lucky enough to win the gold medal, but I am happy with the bronze medal and, with the help of Allah, I hope in the next Olympic Games, Paris 2024, a medal of gold. I will be 61 there and I will shoot two events, skeet and trap.
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The great Vincent Hancock swept the United States after becoming the first skeet shooter to win three gold medals.
But it was the Kuwaiti shooter who was in vogue at the end of their final.
Alrashidi, who started his Olympic run in Atlanta in 1996, shot 46 in the six-a-side final to win bronze.
Dane Jesper Hansen settled for silver with 55 points.
This is his second Olympic medal, after winning bronze at the Rio 2016 Games five years ago as an independent athlete, when he shot with the jersey of famous English football club Arsenal FC after Kuwait was banned from participating in the mega-event. by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Winning a medal as an independent athlete at Rio 2016 and winning this one at Tokyo 2020 representing Kuwait, he said: “(In Rio) I was happy with the bronze medal but I was not. not happy because there is no flag for Kuwait.
“If you see the ceremony, my head is down. I don’t like to see the Olympic flag. I need my flag, the Kuwaiti flag. And today you see me, I am happy when I see my flag and it is the second medal at the Olympic Games and I hope, at the next Olympic Games, a gold medal.
“Because it’s the second medal at the Olympics, I’m so happy. It’s the No.7 Olympics. Before when I was shooting I was nervous, I can’t shoot, I can’t relax , and now I relax.
He is also accompanied by his shooter son, Talal, at the Tokyo Games.
“This is the second time my son and I have shot at the Olympics. My son is trapping.
“And I have another son who skeet shoots with me.” Now we are two of my family at the Olympics. I am happy. Next time, I hope, four.
On the secret to his longevity, he said, “Because everyone loves me. I am easy with everyone. I like everyone. If he’s good to me or not good to me, I like him.
“I don’t need nobody to love me. I need everyone to love me. I need everyone to love me. It’s my life. And everyone loves me because I’m old and triple world champion.
Asked about competing with Finland’s Eetu Kallioinen, 23, who was not even born when the Kuwaiti competed in his first Olympics in 1996, in the final, Alrashidi said: “I see him as if he was my son. I’m happy, but I want to fight to win because I’m an old man, but I’m still strong.
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