KUN0073 4 GEN 0156 KUWAIT /KUNA-KHH0 SPT-LD ASIAD-KUWAIT-HANDBAL Kuwait Handball Team places 1st in 15th Asian Games (Doha 2006) DOHA, Dec 14 (KUNA) -- Kuwait National Handball Team on Thursday won the first place in the 15th Asian Games (Doha 2006) after beating Qatar 27-24. The first half of the final game witnessed very defensive tactics by both teams, spending the first seven minutes with almost no scores. The first half ended 13-11 in favor of Kuwait due to the distinguished efforts of players Meshal Al-Swailim, Faisal Al-Mutairi, and Hussein Al-Shammeri. The Kuwaiti team took over control of the game during the second half, while the Qatari team was nervous and characterized with rough attitude. Leading the second half with an average of three-point difference and maintaining a necessary high spirit and level of confidence, the Kuwaiti team made it to the gold and won the Asian tournament for the first time. (end) ayr.bs.fhd KUNA 142110 Dec 06NNNN