Abdullah Al-Rashidi facts for kids
Abdullah Al-Rashidi at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games
|Born||August 23, 1963
Kuwait City, Kuwait
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||Bronze medal at Rio Summer Olympics 2016|
|Updated on 28 July 2021.|
Abdullah Al-Rashidi (born August 23, 1963) is a Kuwaiti sport shooter and three-time world champion. He competed at the Summer Olympics in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020, winning bronze medals in men's skeet in both 2016 and 2020.
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
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. 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 national 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 in the Premier League.
Al-Rashidi won his second Olympic bronze medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, this time competing for Kuwait.
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