LONDON: At the fifth attempt and with only 10 days practice, Qatari shooter and rally driver Nasser Al Attiyah overturned the odds to claim a coveted Olympic bronze medal in the men's skeet at the London Olympics yesterday.
The prized Olympic medal was only the third for Qatar, all bronzes, and their first for 12 years, bringing huge cheers from a big delegation from Qatar who swarmed to Al Attiyah to celebrate afterwards.
The delight was etched all over the 41-year-old's face after mastering the tricky overcast and cool conditions to achieve a dream.
"Shooting I cannot practice because I am always travelling, around 270 days," the Qatari told reporters after finishing behind winner Vincent Hancock of America. "I came here and shot maybe one week or 10 days before."
Al Attiyah's late crammed session is because he chooses to pursue his other love - rallying.