Maryam Yussuf Jamal of Bahrain wins the 2007 Cinque Mulini (Lorenzo Sampaolo) © Copyright
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Jamal and Hassan dominate at Asian XC champs - UPDATED

Maryam Yussuf Jamal last week’s winner of the famous Cinque Mulini cross country race in Italy yesterday led a Bahraini sweep of the medals in the women’s 8km race in the Asian Cross Country Championships which were held at the beautiful Al Bisharat Golf Club in Amman, Jordan.

The 9th edition of the biennial event, held on Saturday (10 Mar), witnessed the Bahrain team’s first title in a category hitherto dominated by Japan. Jamal finished in 26:29, a full seven seconds ahead of compatriot Karima Jassim, with another Bahraini Nadia Ejjafini Aljvini in third.

The Japanese team finished second behind Bahrain in the team classification, while China took third spot.

The men’s 12km event was won in 35:41 by Qatar’s Abdullah Ahmad Hassan, the 2005 World Cross Country long course bronze medallist.  A distant Surendra Singh of India came second in 36:43.

Ram. Murali Krishnan for the IAAF

Results:

9th Asian Cross-country Championships, Amman (Jordan), 10 March 2007
 
Results:
 
Junior Women (6 KM):
1. Monika Raut IND 23:24, 2. Rohini Raut IND 23:30, 3. Bara’h Marwan JOR 23:46, 4. Saloni Chowdhary IND 24:00, 5. Swati Gadhava IND 24:15, 6. Khai Leng Chua SIN 24:24, 7. Melody Leo Jiahui SIN 25:00, 8. Bayan Isam JOR 25:10, 9. Rasha Subhi JOR 25:25, 10. Meta Tambora INA 25:40, 

Team: 1. India 7, 2. Jordan 20, 3. Singapore 24.
 
Junior Men (8 KM):
1. Thamer Ali Kamel QAT 23:17, 2. Naser Jamal QAT 24:42, 3. Mujahid Al-Ommal YEM 25:30, 4. Saad Al-Subaie KSA 25:52, 5. Yusuf Al-Ladha YEM 26:02, 6. Imad Noor KSA 26:10, 7. Arvind Kumar Yadav IND 26:20, 8. Mohammad Reza Abou Torabi IRI 26:27, 9. Ahmed Sarhan YEM 26:35, 10. Amir Hossein Zolfaghry IRI 26:45, 

Team: 1. Yemen 17, 2. Qatar 21, 3. Saudi Arabia 25.

 
Women (8 KM):
1. Mariam Yussuf Jamal BRN 26:29, 2. Kareema Jasim BRN 26:36, 3. Nadia Aljaffaini BRN 26:49, 4. Minori Hayakari JPN 27:50, 5. Eri Kotake JPN 27:54, 6. Li Zhenzho CHN 28:00, 7. Zhang Jiaomei CHN 28:29, 8. Yoshika Atsumi JPN 28:40, 9. Preeja Sreedharan IND 28:47, 10. Sara Bakhit BRN 28:54, 

Team: 1. Bahrain 6, 2. Japan 17, 3. China 24.
 

Men (12 KM):
1. Abdullah Ahmad Hassan QAT 35:41, 2. Surendra Singh IND 36:43, 3. Khaled Yaseen BRN 36:48, 4. Masakazu Fujiwara JPN 36:53, 5. Ali Dawoud Sedam QAT 37:00, 6. Aadam Khamis BRN 37:07, 7. Issa Ishaq Abdeen BRN 37:17, 8. Nicholas Kemboi QAT 37:24, 9. Norihide Fujimori JPN 37:44, 10. Sultan Khamis Zaman QAT 37:58, 

Team: 1. Qatar 14 pts, 2. Bahrain 16, 3. Japan 34.