(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Oman's Mohammed al Habsi and Khalid al Kulaibi won bronze medals in the 3km open and 5km masters categories, respectively, at the inaugural Dubai International Open Water Swimming Championship in UAE on Sunday.
In the open category, Habsi took bronze after completing the 3km race in 47m27s. Serbia's Velimir Stefanovic, who competed for a local?club, took gold after posting a time of 46m55s, followed by Kazakhstan's Vitaly Khudyakov, who finished 0.2 seconds behind in second place.
Habsi's teammate, Musallam al Khaduri, finished fourth with a time 47m32s.
Kulaibi finished with a time of 1h4m32s in the masters event behind Switzerland's Martin Hohl (49m46s), who took gold, and UAE's Neil Ashcroft (57m25s), who won silver.
Stefanovic, who had finished sixth in the 200m butterfly final at the 2012 London Olympics, was among the 200 swimmers representing various clubs from eight countries that took part in the meet at Kite beach.
The event comprised a total of eight age-group categories. The open water meet was part of the first Dubai International Aquatic Championships, hosted by the UAE Swimming Federation.