Abdullah Al-Rashidi

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Abdullah Al-Rashidi
Personal information
Born (1963-08-21) August 21, 1963 (age 55)
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
Country Kuwait
Achievements and titles
Olympic finalsBronze medal at Rio Summer Olympics 2016
Updated on 13 August 2016.

Abdullah Al-Rashidi is a Kuwaiti sport shooter.[1] He competed at the Summer Olympics in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.[2]


Abdullah Al-Rashidi won three gold medals at the World Shooting Championships, in 1995, 1997 and 1998 and in 2011 he took a bronze medal. Competing since 1989, he is also the winner of four World cup events. He has six gold and three silver medals from Asian Shooting Championships and two gold and one silver medal from Asian Games

2016 Olympic games[edit]

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, Al-Rashidi competed as an "independent Olympic athlete" because Kuwait was banned from the Olympics by the IOC over government interference in sport.[3] He won the qualification, finished fourth in the semifinals and won the bronze medal match against Ukraine's Mikola Milchev, the winner from Sydney in 2000.

As his status of being an independent Olympian did not enable the restriction of the uniform of his nation team, he received media attention for competing whilst wearing the training shirt of Arsenal F.C. despite not being a supporter himself, leading to people on social media to draw comparison to him and the team's performance at the Premier League.[4][5][6]

Olympic results[edit]

Event 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
Skeet (men) T-42nd T-14th T-8th T-7th 21st 3rd, bronze medalist(s)


  1. ^ London2012.com
  2. ^ "Abdullah Al-Rashidi". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Rio 2016: Proud Fehaid Al Deehani rejects IOC – 'I will only carry the Kuwait flag'". The National. 2016-08-02. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  4. ^ "Olympian wears Arsenal shirt during final, scrapes top four". 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  5. ^ "Skeet shooter Al-Rashidi wears Arsenal shirt to compete for gold". Retrieved 2016-09-26.
  6. ^ "Rio 2016 Olympics: Shooter wears Gunners shirt as he captures skeet medal". BBC Sport. 2016-08-14. Retrieved 2016-09-26.