Bahrain’s Maryam Yusuf Jamal and Yamile Aldama of Sudan were confirmed as the two brightest stars of these championships when winning their third titles on the fourth and final day of the Arab Championships in Rades Stadium yesterday (18).
Jamal, who had taken the 800m and 5000m titles on the second day of the championships, and Aldama, who had won the Long Jump on day one and High Jump on day two, took the 1500m and Triple Jump titles respectively yesterday. Both athletes were on ‘home’ territory after their sojourn at other distances and events. Jamal took an easy 4:10.61 win at her specialist distance at which she is the world season’s leader (3:56.79) and recent winner of the World Athletics Final title. Aldama turned her event into an exhibition with her 14.05m triple jump for gold distancing the 12.68m performance of the silver medallist from the host country.
There was also the completion of a useful sprint double for another of Sudan’s women’s team. 16 year-old Nawel El-Jack, the World Youth champion at 400m, took the 200m crown to go with the 400m win she had taken on the opening day. This versatile teenager was also the silver medallist at the 100m Hurdles on day three.
There were three championship records on the final day. Bahrain’s Karima Salah Jassem ran 1:19.30 to win the women’s Half Marathon, Egypt’s Marwa Ahmed Houcine threw 62.52 in women’s Hammer Throw, while Bahrain’s Bilel Ali Mansour, the 16 year-old World Youth champion, took the men’s 1500m in 3:38.85.
In the men’s Half Marathon Sudan’s Naceur Bilel led from the gun in the men’s Half Marathon but eventually finished fifth, not able to cope with the strength of two Bahrainis and a Qatari. Bahrain’s Khaled Kamel eventually won the race in a time of 64:18 just one second ahead of his compatriot Ebl Yakout, with Qatar's Mohamed Hamid Hamid, the former Asian Junior 10,000m champion, finishing third. One of the runners who missed the podium complained when reaching the finish line, “it is unfair, this is an African Championship not an Arab one!”, protesting against the many African athletes who have been integrated into Arab teams.
Algeria’s Amri Boualem, won the Decathlon and was first in 6 disciplines scoring a total of 6832 pts.
Wissem Chelel Mohamed offered Iraq its first medal of the championships, winning silver in the men’s Javelin Throw.
23-year-old Hamed Hamadan Al-Bishi, who became the Asian Championships gold medallist in Korea recently, won the men’s 200m in 20.96, one of three gold medals which Saudi Arabia won on the last day. The other wins were in the High Jump and the 4x400m relay, a squad of which Al-Bishi was a member.
Slim Gomri and the IAAF
1 Hamed Hamadan Al-Bishi KSA 20.96
2 Salem Aid Slimene EGY 21.23
3 Kkaled Youssef Labidli QAT 21.33
1 Bilel Ali Mansour BRN 3:38.85 Rec Champ
2 Abdallah Abdelkader SUD 3:41.74
3 Abubaker Ali Kamel QAT 3:42.54
1 Aissa Ismail QAT 13:53.15
2 Edem Ismail BRN 13:53.22
3 Ishak Aissa BRN 14:25.41
1 Khaled Kamel BRN 64:18
2 Ebl Vakout BRN 64:19
3 Mohamed hamed abdelhamid QAT 64:41
1 Omar Moussa Al-Masrahi KSA 2.18
2 Salem Naceur BRN 2.16
3 Karim Selim Lotfi EGY 2.14
1 Walid Abdelrazak Mohamed EGY 74.18
1 Amri Boualem ALG 6832 pts
1 KSA 3:05.77
2 SUD 3:07.76
3 TUN 3:12.34
1 Nawel El-Jack SUD 3.97
2 Mounira salah SYR 24.55
3 Faten abdennebi BRN 25.34
1 Maryam Yusef Jamal BRN 4:10.31
2 Issaoui Safa TUN 4:16.25
3 Hend Moussa SUD 4:21.17
1 Karima Salah Jassem BRN 1:19:30 Rec Champ
2 Nadia Jfini BRN 1:24:02
3 Hana Sayed Jad EGY 1:43:54
1 Yamile Aldama SUD 14.05 +2,0m/s
2 Methlouthi Nejoua TUN 12.68 +1,9m/s
3 Kamila Sahnoun ALG 12.59 +0,8m/s
1 Marwa Ahmed Houcine EGY 62.52 Rec Champ
2 Imen Mohamed Abdelkrim EGY 53.19
3 Jellouz khadidja TUN 50.81
1 SUD 3:41.43
2 SYR 3:49.75
3 TUN 3:49.76