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Ahmed Al-Maktoum

Full name: Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al-Maktoum
Original name: أحمد بن محمد بن حشر المكتوم
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: December 31, 1963 in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Title: Sheikh
Affiliations: Dubai
Country: UAE United Arab Emirates
Sport: Shooting

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

While many Gulf states resort to non-native athletes to represent them at sports events and win medals, the United Arab Emirates first Olympic champion was in fact a native of his country. Ahmed Al-Maktoum is a member of the reigning Al-Maktoum dynasty, and a "distant cousin" of the Dubai Emir. He entered the 2000 shooting competitions together with another member of the family, Saeed. Saeed scored the best Olympic result by an UAE athlete (9th), but Ahmed would win the first medal. Al-Maktoum had in fact been more active as a squash player, winning the national title from 1985 to 2000. He started shooting only in 1998, although he had joined his father in falcon hunts from age four. His top result prior to the 2004 Olympics had been a 4th place at the 2003 World Championships in the double trap event. He matched that position in the single trap event in Athens (one shot short of the podium). He was the top qualifier for the double trap final, and only increased his advantage to win the gold while equalling the Olympic Record.

Returning home, he received a hero's welcome, being welcomed by various members of the Al-Maktoum family, including the UAE NOC president and the crown prince. His fame also spread to India, and not just because he kept Rajyavardhan Rathore from the gold. A small controversy arose when the Indian movie Sarkar mentioned a "Dubai contract killer with an Olympic medal", which could only refer to Al-Maktoum. The case was dismissed after a personal call with the director.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Shooting Men's Trap United Arab Emirates UAE 18T
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Shooting Men's Double Trap United Arab Emirates UAE 23T
2004 Summer 40 Athina Shooting Men's Trap United Arab Emirates UAE 4
2004 Summer 40 Athina Shooting Men's Double Trap United Arab Emirates UAE 1 Gold =OR
2008 Summer 44 Beijing Shooting Men's Trap United Arab Emirates UAE 30
2008 Summer 44 Beijing Shooting Men's Double Trap United Arab Emirates UAE 7

Men's Trap

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TP PTS R1P R2P R3P R4P R5P PRP FRP
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Final Standings 111
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Preliminary Round 111 23 21 22 22 23
2004 Summer 40 Athina Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Final Standings 144
2004 Summer 40 Athina Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Final Round 144 121 23
2004 Summer 40 Athina Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Preliminary Round 121 25 25 23 25 23
2008 Summer 44 Beijing Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Final Standings 110
2008 Summer 44 Beijing Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Preliminary Round 110 24 23 22 22 19

Men's Double Trap

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TP PTS R1P R2P R3P PRP FRP SOP
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Final Standings 120
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Preliminary Round 120 35 41 44
2004 Summer 40 Athina Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Final Standings 189
2004 Summer 40 Athina Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Final Round 189 144 45
2004 Summer 40 Athina Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Preliminary Round 144 48 48 48
2008 Summer 44 Beijing Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Final Standings 136
2008 Summer 44 Beijing Shooting United Arab Emirates UAE Preliminary Round 136 46 45 45 5