Kamal Bahamdan (MFG’94) won a bronze medal in equestrian team jumping for his native Saudi Arabia. Competing before a crowd of 23,000 in Greenwich Park, the Saudi equestrian team earned its first-ever team jumping medal. Bahamdan is a five-time equestrian Olympian, having previously competed in the 1996 Atlanta games, the 2000 Sydney games, the 2004 Athens games, and the 2008 Beijing games. He placed fourth in the individual jumping competition on August 8, narrowly missing a chance at a second medal.
Just hours after winning bronze, he tweeted, “I’m really moved by the supporting comments I got. It feels as good as the medal. Thank you!”
Born in Riyadh in 1971, Bahamdan began riding when he was seven. While at BU, where he majored in manufacturing engineering, he competed in the East Coast Circuit. He took a sabbatical from his job as CEO of the Bahamdan Group, a privately owned investment firm founded by his family, to train for the 2012 Olympic Games.