Remembering UAE legend, the first Emirati to become an Olympic medallist

The United Arab Emirates can proudly boast of a shooting star who has inspired a generation of Olympians when he fired his way to glory at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher Al Maktoum carved a niche in the history of sports in the UAE when he won gold in the double trap, becoming the first Emirati to become an Olympic medallist.

His epic golden moment should certainly motivate UAE’s 13-member team at the Rio Olympic Games which includes three shooters for the first time to emulate his monumental feat.

UAE’s solitary Olympic medallist has been fittingly accorded legendary status being named Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher the country’s “greatest-ever sportsman” by the UAE national olympic committee.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher competed in two disciplines at his second Olympics: the trap and the double trap.

He finished in fourth in the trap and was in his element in the double trap.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Hasher scored 189 points and equalled the Olympic record to emerge champion.


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