Ahmed Al-Maktoum (sport shooter)

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Ahmad bin Mohammad bin Hasher Al Maktoum
Born (1963-12-31) 31 December 1963 (age 55)
NationalityEmirati
Sports career
Country United Arab Emirates
SportSport shooting
Event(s)Trap, double trap
HouseAl Maktoum
FatherMohammad bin Hasher Al Maktoum
MotherAmina Bint Humaid Al Tayer

Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohammad bin Hasher Al Maktoum (أحمد بن محمد بن حشر آل مكتوم)[1] (born 31 December 1963 in Dubai[citation needed]) is a shooter from the United Arab Emirates, who won the first ever Olympic medal for his country.[2]

Sport career[edit]

Al Maktoum, a member of the ruling family of Dubai, had been participating in hunting since childhood, but it was not until the age of 34 that he took up shooting as a sport. Earlier, he was the UAE national champion in squash.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics he won the double trap event and finished fourth in the trap event.

At the 2005 ISSF World Cup he won another gold medal in double trap.

He competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but did not reach the final in trap.[3]

He subsequently began coaching young British shooter Peter Wilson, who would win the double trap event at the 2012 London Olympics.[4] Al Maktoum did not compete himself due to heart problems.[5]

Olympic results
Event 2000 2004 2008
Trap 18th
111
4th
121+23
30th
110
Double trap 23rd
120
1st, gold medalist(s) Gold
144+45
7th
136

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ahmad and Saeed to take part in Beijing". Gulf News. 2008-02-14. Archived from the original on 2 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  2. ^ "Al-Maktoum gearing up to defend his Olympic gold - Newindpress.com". 2008-07-30. Archived from the original on 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  3. ^ "Chinese judges accused of favouritsm in Rathore's event". The Times Of India. 2008-08-13. Archived from the original on 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  4. ^ "London 2012: Peter Wilson, profile of a shooting star". BBC Sport. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  5. ^ Al Haddad, Amna (29 January 2012). "Sheikh Ahmed's Olympic dream ends with heart problem". The National. Retrieved 3 August 2016.