London Olympics: Qatar overjoyed at Al-Attiyah's bronze

Qatari women compete for the first time

01 August, 19:58

(ANSAmed) - DOHA, AUGUST 1 - Qatar on Wednesday celebrated yesterday's Olympic bronze medal, with the news on every front page and national telecom company Qtel giving everyone free international text messaging. Nasser Al-Attiyah, 41, won a bronze medal for Qatar in London on Tuesday after coming third in the mens' skeet shooting contest.

With this victory Al-Attiyah, a race car driver who is a national hero at home for winning the 2011 Dakar Rally, has now attained star status for bringing Qatar back onto the Olympic podium after a 12-year hiatus.

Along with Saudi Arabia and Brunei, Qatar has never previously sent female athletes to the Olympics. This year it sent swimmer Nada Arkaji, sprinter Noor al-Malki and shooter Bayiha Mansour al-Hamad, who was asked to be its flag-bearer at the opening ceremonies. In a parallel push to support its female athletes, Qatar's Museum Authority has also organized a promotional London exhibition about them.(ANSAMed).

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