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Omani Freediver Takes Top Honors At 2018 Spearfishing Expo Target Shooting Competition

The International Underwater Target Shooting Championship took place this past weekend at the One Breath Spearfishing Expo in Dubai, with Omani spearo Omar Abdullah al Ghailani taking home first place.

During the January 12-13 competition, competitors had to swim 10m/30ft underwater from the start line to a shooting line. Once there, they waited 30 seconds with the aid of a weighted object before firing a shot, retrieving their spear and swimming back to the start line to re-load. Participants had a time limit of 10 minutes to execute three shots.

Eighteen competitors from countries like Oman, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Italy and Tunisia took part in the competition. Ghailani told the Muscat Daily:

“The competition was tough. The low temperature of water in the pool was a challenge too. But with much concentration and determination I reached the final.”

To find out more about the event, click here.


John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.