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Second from left, Kuwait’s Abdullah Altuwaini won a bronze medal in the Youth Olympic Games swimming competition. Singapore 2010
Olympic medal for Kuwait under IOC flag

18 Aug 2010
Singapore: Kuwait’s Abdullah Altuwaini won a bronze medal in the Youth Olympic Games swimming competition at Singapore Sports School on Wednesday evening. The 17-year-old finished equal third in the youth men’s 50-metre backstroke, behind Trinidad and Tobago’s Christian Homer and Singapore’s Rainer Ng Kai Wee.

Homer took gold in 26.36 seconds, Ng won Singapore’s first YOG swimming medal with silver in 26.45 seconds, and Altuwaini and Australia’s Max Ackermann tied for third with a time of 26.46 seconds, both of them receiving a bronze medal.

However, with the Kuwait NOC under suspension by the IOC, the IOC flag was raised in the place of the Kuwaiti flag at the medal ceremony. Still, Altuwaini can take pride in his bronze.

“All the pressure over participating under the IOC flag or not participating affected me, and I know I can swim better,” Abdullah said.

“I swam 26.0 in January, but still I am happy to win the bronze medal.”

Regarding the situation with the Kuwait NOC, Abdullah commented: “I am looking forward to the local law being sorted out as soon as possible, before the Asian Games in Guangzhou, because this affects not only me but all the Kuwaiti athletes going to the Asian Games.”
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