Athletics

Qatar’s Haroun, Ibrahim bag gold

QATAR bagged two gold medals at the World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, last week.

Abdalelah Haroun warmed up for the Rio Olympics by winning the 400M with a season’s best effort of 44.81sec while Mohammed Ibrahim Moaaz also finished on top of the podium with his 63.63M effort in discus throw.

Haroun was quick to start off the blocks and the world indoor silver medallist kept his momentum in the home straight to finish ahead of USA’s Wilbert London (45.27) and Botswana’s Karabo Sibanda (45.45).

“It was the first time I had started a race so fast. I almost killed myself in the race, but now I’m very happy,” said an elated Haroun.

ASPIRE Academy product Ibrahim virtually ended the men’s discus final as a contest with his very first throw even though his next three attempts ended as fouls.

The initial attempt proved good enough for Ibrahim to beat Poland’s Oskar Stachnik (62.83) and Belarus’ Hleb Zhuk (61.70).

“I can’t even describe my feeling,” said Ibrahim, who looks to emulate the success at the senior level.

“Next year, I’ll surprise you,” added the 17-year-old. 

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