Athletics

My goal may be bigger than the world record, says Abderrahman Samba

Doha, Qatar: Abderrahman Samba is one of the biggest names in the world athletics and the 400m hurdler is a bright medal hope for Qatar at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

Samba, however, said he doesn’t feel any pressure of the weight of expectations.

"I don't feel pressure because it will be my home," Samba, who last year set an Asian 400m hurdles record of 46.98, said in the latest episode of IAAF Inside Athletics.

"Mutaz (Barshim, the world high jump champion) is a great champion and we have learned a lot from him. I consider him as a role model in athletics and I try to follow his example. Hopefully one day I will be a champion like him.

"Looking back to the 2017 World Championships where I hit a hurdle and tripped, I was very disappointed after the race, especially because my coach, the managing staff and the president of the federation were all present. But these people are the cornerstones that enabled me to come back stronger than before and with more motivation to be the best.

"I've had so much support since then, it has given me a big boost in morale," he added. "I have to remember that the World Championships was just a setback and I must learn from it.

"My time (46.98) is very good but I don't consider it enough, especially at the moment because several athletes are getting close to the world record. My goal may be bigger than the world record. I've tried to make the 400m hurdles something exceptional."

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