Lebanon wins first gold medal at Asian Games

Bassil and Moussa's successful result led to rising Lebanon's history to 18 different medals.
by Annahar Staff

23 August 2018 | 18:19

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This photo was obtained from Ray Bassil's official Facebook page.

BEIRUT: Lebanon won its first gold medal at the 18th edition of the Asian Games after Lebanese trapshooters Ray Basil and Rami Alain Moussa won their competition. 

The duo scored 43 out of a possible 50 points, setting a record in the tournament hosted by Indonesia in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

They came ahead of Taiwan's Yang Kunchi and Lin Yoshun (42), and Chinese team Du Yu and Wana Xiaoping (31), who came in third.

Bassil and Moussa's success increases Lebanon's record to 18 different medals, including five golds, five silver, and eight bronze. 

Bassil, speaking to the Jakarta Post and AG Media, expressed her "excitement at winning the gold medal." 

"It's not easy winning gold, especially in the weather conditions of Jakarta, it's quite hot and very humid," she said. 

"The air is quite hot and very humid, but it doesn't matter. We have shown no one can stop us. That doesn't matter anymore," she said.

"I'm very thankful to all my fans for their constant love and support as well as my coaches, family, friends, and sponsors. I am what I am because of your unconditional love," Bassil wrote on her Facebook page. 

She added: "Thank you for reminding the world what sports should be about - team, pride, and heart."

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