Rio 2016: Kuwaiti marksman wears Arsenal shirt during Olympic shooting event, inevitably finishes third

Abdullah al-Rashidi took bronze in the men's skeet while wearing an Arsenal shirt due to Kuwait's Olympic ban

Jack de Menezes
Friday 19 August 2016 12:09
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Abdullah al-Rashidi wore an Arsenal shirt as he is competing for the International team due to Kuwait's ban
Abdullah al-Rashidi wore an Arsenal shirt as he is competing for the International team due to Kuwait's ban

Kuwati shooter Abdullah al-Rashidi continued the nation’s success at the Rio 2016 Olympics as he took bronze in the men’s skeet last weekend, but his choice of attire for the event as caused a few laughs for a few eagle-eyed viewers.

Al-Rashidi, who is competing under the IOC’s flag due to Kuwait’s ban from Rio 2016, followed his compatriot in winning a medal on the shooting range after Fehaid Al-Deehani took his country's first ever gold medal in the double trap in week one.

Having reached the semi-finals of the men’s skeet, Al-Rashidi suffered defeat to put him into the bronze final, where he would face Mikola Milchev of Ukraine. He would go on to seal a narrow 16-14 victory, yet given the international team have no official kit to wear, Al-Rashidi elected to wear an Arsenal training shirt underneath his shooting vest.

Abdullah al-Rashidi celebrates taking bronze in the men's skeet at Rio 2016

But while Al-Rashidi celebrated his third Olympic medal, users on social media couldn’t help but draw comparisons between his third-place finish and Arsenal’s ability – or inability, depending on how you see it – to finish in the top four every season yet miss out on top spot.

The 49-year-old has won bronze twice before, having finished third in the double trap at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as in the single trap at London 2012.

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