9/21/2017 3:52:20 PM (GMT+3)

Hosts Qatar’s hopes rest on Al Dayani Hosts Qatar’s hopes rest on Al Dayani

Hosts Qatar’s hopes rest on Al Dayani  Hosts Qatar’s hopes rest on Al Dayani

QATAR will pin their hopes on pommel horse specialist Ahmed Al Dayani.

However, the 23-year-old will have to face some of the best talents, including London Olympic gold medallist Kristzian Berki.

“It’ll be a tough challenge, but I’ll give my best,” Al Dayani told Doha Stadium Plus. “The competition gets tougher after every year. I know there’ll be Berki and others, but I’m confident. I’ve worked very hard and let’s hope for the best.”

The former ASPIRE Academy cadet accumulated 14.600 points to qualify for the finals in the last edition, with Armenian Harutym Merdinyan winning the title with 15.675 followed by Croatia’s Robert Seligman (15.300) and Azerbaijan’s Oleg Stepko (15.000).

Al Dayani eventually finished seventh in the final. 

Ahmed Nabil Mousa and Jana El Keky are the host nation’s other representatives. 

“Winning a medal will be tough. If they qualify for the finals, it’ll be a huge achievement,” said Qatar Gymnastics Federation President Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi.