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AUS athletes win 22 medals at EuroComillas Madrid 2014
Forty-seven American University of Sharjah athletes participated in the EuroComillas Madrid 2014 sports tournament held November 20-23, 2014. More than 30 universities from 15 countries took part in the international event.
The AUS swimmers won in the men's category and placed third in the women's category. The AUS swimmers won a total of 10 gold and nine silver medals. AUS swimmer Talmir Ishmukhametov bagged three individual gold medals, followed by Amr Mohamed with two and Taher Amr Hassan with one. These swimmers and teammate Tareef Tamim Al Bassam won the gold medal in 4 x 50 meter freestyle relay.
In the table tennis competition, AUS women's players Tahani Nasir placed second and Shahdan Barakat placed third, while the men's team placed fourth. The AUS men's basketball team thrilled the spectators with their extraordinary performance in the preliminary, quarter and semifinal matches to reach the finals against the Serbian team. Though it was a close final, due to the injury of its key players AUS came in second. The AUS soccer players fought brilliantly and reached the semifinals of the tournament but were unable to defeat the hosts on their home ground.
The AUS team was accompanied by Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Dr. Mohamed Helal, Director of Student Athletics and Recreation Department; and four coaches.
Dr. Al Shehhi, congratulated the athletes and said, "I appreciate our AUS Leopards who made remarkable contributions at EuroComillas 2014. They displayed great sportsmanship while competing with highly talented teams in tough conditions. Our athletes made notable progress, and gained valuable experience not only in their sport discipline but also in exchanging ideas and culture."
"This tournament allowed our student-athletes to compete with relatively higher-level competitors in a different climatic condition and to renew their athletic goals. I am very proud of our student-athletes who kept the AUS flag flying in the international sports arena, too," added Dr. Al Shehhi.