Lea OBEID won Gold medal at the Arab Youth Championship in 12.40 seconds. The next day her teammate Sara Joe KORTBAWI won silver on 800 meters running the distance in 2:14.85! With her 12.22 at the Asian Championship, Lea OBEID was the first youth athlete to do the qualification standards for the World Youth Championship!
Today, Sara Joe KORTBAWI only needs 0.85 to qualify to the Worlds! If she does so, we will see two Lebanese athletes representing our country at the World Championship!
Really great achievements by our Lebanese girls, hoping that the boys will do the same!
08 May 2015 – Today, Lea OBEID entered the history of athletics by winning a silver medal at the 1st Youth Asian Athletics Championship in Doha, Qatar, AND breaking the long standing youth Lebanese record of Lina BEJJANI (12.36 in 2000), by running the 100 meters in 12.22 seconds! A time that allows her to directly qualify for the World Youth Championship, something never done by a youth Lebanese Athlete before!
This incredible performance will not only allow her to take part in big events for her age but also place her between the best athletes overall in Lebanon! For the first edition of the Asian Championships, Lea set a new championship record, by running in the semi-finals the record time of 12.22s. In the finals, the gold winner ran the distance in 12.27 seconds!
Silver medal, World Championships Qualifications, Championship record, Lebanese Youth record, what else can a 16 years old dream of? This will be a great motivation for OBEID who will also run the 200 meters in this championship!
The Lebanese Athletics Federation organized yesterday, Saturday 14, a local meeting in preparation for the Youth West Asian Championship. The meeting also included events for Senior athletes. Sandy KARAM set a new Junior and Senior record in 3km race walking in 15:49.33.
“I woke up yesterday and told my sister that its a good weather and a good day to break a record, thinking of her breaking the midget record and not even thinking about mine. I was very excited to see where I am now with my performances in this start of the season especially in the 3000m.” Said Sandy.
In her first 3km of the season, she was 1 second away from breaking her own record, yesterday, she went 10 seconds above the record. This season she is preparing for the 10km race walking, the official distance for Juniors, but she will also participate in 20km race walking for seniors.
The Lebanese Athletics Federation organized today morning, the Lebanese Cross Country Individual Championship – Melanie Freiha’s Cup, at Notre Dame de Jamhour field. It was divided into four categories: Men 17+, Women 17+, Boys -17 and Girls -17.
Melanie still holds the 2000 meters steeplechase record for both the Youth and Juniors category. She used to be a very strong opponent in the cross country and also was a great high jumper! Today, not only the athletes from her club ran for her, everyone who ran today, ran for Melanie. Some came to run only because its Melanie Frieha’s Cup, to honor her, others were not ready for this championship but did their best to complete the race for her.
Jesse Owens used to say that “Friendship born on the field of athletics strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust”. This friendship will never die, it will last forever, until we meet again.
Athletics is about competing and winning, but after the race, off the track, we are one big family of athletes, coaches and referees
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The Lebanese Athletics Federation organized the first track and field competition of the season on Saturday, February 21st at the Lebanese University of Hadath, where Lea OBEID and Jad KHOURY were the only two athlete to set new records; the first two records of the year.
Lea OBEID from Champville who turned 16 on February 22nd, was able to set a new Midget record (U15) in 80 meters with 10.41 seconds. The previous record was 10.48 seconds for the same athlete. Lea also run the 60 and 150 meters, setting a record-performance in the 60 meters in 7.96s but wasn’t considered as one due to the strong wind that went above 2.0 m/s. She ran the 150 meters in 20.29 seconds.
Jad KHOURY from Champville set a new Midget record in 300 meters running the distance in 38.38 seconds. The previous record was also held by the same athlete in 38.75s. Jad also ran the 60 and 100 meters in two record-performances of 7.22 and 11.28 respectively. Unfortunately, the records weren’t legal due to the stro
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The Lebanese Athletics Federation just set the 2015 Calendar of competitions, and the age group categories. Find below the major competition in 2015 and the age group categories for this year, and note that additional local meets will be organized throughout the year.
25/01/2015: 15th Asian Marathon Championship – Hong Kong, HKG, organized by the AAAA
15/02/2015: Lebanese Age Group Cross Country Championship – Jamhour, Organized by the FLA
22/02/2015: Lebanese Open Cross Country Championship (12, 8 and 4 km) – Jamhour, Organized by the FLA
24/02/2015: The 1st Open Cross Country Championship (Women/Men) – Bahrain, Organized by the WAAA
15/03/2015: Nakoura 10km Race, Organized by the Elite Club
- : Army General 4th Cup Race, Organized by the Elite Club
The Club Sportif Jamhour (CSJ), organized its second and third meetings for the end of the season on Monday, December 29th, and Tuesday, December 30th, where many Lebanese records were broken.
Maysa MOUAWAD from CSJ set three records on her own on Monday. The first was in the high jump, where she cleared 1.42 cm improving her old record by 12 cm! Amazing performance by the 11 year-old who is getting closer to the U13 record already. She also shined on the 50 meters, clocking 7.49 seconds, this time with a legal wind of +1.3 m/s. She also ran the 250 meters in 38.27 seconds setting her 3rd record of the day. Maysa also competed in Long Jump and Relay.
On the next day, she improved her 50 meters record clocking 7.46 seconds and her 250m record with 38.05 seconds.
Jad Khoury from Champville improved his 80 meters record by running the distance in 9.27 seconds. He also ran the 150 meters in 17.25 seconds not so far from his last week record. But the day after, he broke his own 150 meters record by 0.01 second clocking 17.13 seconds, and finishing second after the Leban
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Off Season?? Usually most of the athletes take a break after the Open Club Championship, but this is not the case for everyone!
Sara Joe Kortbawi participated at the 2nd edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She ran the 800 meters heat withs a Season Best of 2:19.42, but improved not only her season best but also her personal and national Youth record for this distance with 2:17.62.
After spending only one day in Lebanon after the Youth Olympic Games, KORTBAWI joined Lea OBEID to a two weeks training camp in Aspire, Qatar, with their coach Elie SAADE.
Ali HAZER on the other hand, is preparing for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea that will be held from 19th of September to 4th of October 2014. HAZER will participate in the 400m Hurdles.
We should mention that he is been improving the 400mH record for years alone, and he is the only representative of track and fiel
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Every year, in this championship, each athlete lives an amazing experience with his or her team. Losing or winning, this isn’t the matter; the Lebanese Open Club Championship is distinct from other championships by its magical spirit that pushes athletes beyond their limits to achieve greatness. This championship is about beautiful stories that people create.
The Lebanese Army team, showed up to the championship despite the tough situation they were enduring; they were reserved for one week to take the place of other soldiers that are fighting in Ersel. The Club Maristes Champville supported the Lebanese Army by wearing army bracelets and foulards during these 3 days of competition. In recognition of this beautiful gesture from the Champville team, the Lebanese Army Team came up on the last day of competition, offering red roses for every athlete from Champville. This beautiful spirit between the two teams was exceptional! The Lebanese Army Team didn’t just win the Championship, but they also won our hearts.
We previously mentioned how the young talents in Lebanon are not taken care of. In the Lebanese age group championship, many of them have proven that they will be great champions if they continue on the right track.
In the Kids category, Maysa Mouawad from CSJ won the 50 meters setting a new Kids record of 7.74 seconds. At the meeting organized by CSJ on 8th June, Maysa improved her record, running a beautiful race against her teammate Farah Tayar to win with 7.61 seconds while Farah who came in second place clocked a record time of 7.72 s. Maysa continued her quest by winn
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One day, a person told me that I should stay objective as a reporter especially when I am at the same time an athlete, but things need to be said.
Let me introduce you to the world of athletics in Lebanon.
The number of athletes in Lebanon is very small. Athletics, the mother of all sports, isn’t a popular sport like basketball here. We should mention that basketball, and especially men’s, is unfortunately the only interrest of sports media in this country; we don’t mean that this is bad, but other sports should do an effort to challenge basketball in the media field, of course without bringing political issues to sports. Athletes are all part of different clubs, some of them don’t have a track to train on, they do some sessions on the road or get a track one day per w
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The Lebanese Team who went to the 16th Arab Juniors Championship won two Bronze medals through Sandy Karam in 10km Race walk and the women's 4x400m relay team with Sandy Karam, Sara Joe Kortbawi, Joy Abousleiman and Joelle Feghali. Elie Saade was the only coach and official representing Lebanon at these championships.
On the first day of the Arab Juniors Championship, and in it's first event, Sandy Karam from Champville won a Bronze medal for Lebanon in the 10km Race Walk setting a new national record of 59:01.21.
Joy Abousleiman set a new personal best in Long Jump on the same day. She jumped 5.21 meters to finish 4th behind Asraa' Mohammad Samir from Egypt with 5.86m, Salma Jamal Ahmad from Egypt with 5.45m, and in the 3rd place Lidia Sahrawi from Algeria with 5.39m on her last attempt.
Athletes have been concerned about the issue of doping in sports for a long time, but a recent survey asking track and field athletes about their history of using prohibited substances has revealed that the problem may have become far more widespread than is usually believed. Meanwhile, investigations are continuing into possible doping and problems with the drugs testing systems in Jamaica and Kenya, despite the concerns expressed by the IAAF President, Lamine Diack, that these investigations are "ridiculous." However these investigations end, it is clear that doping is a serious issue in athletics that must be combated in order to end the damage that is being done to individual athletes and to the sporting world as a whole.
Yeah, we can talk about indoor season this year, unfortunately, we don't consider it in Lebanon. Lebanese athletes only participate in indoor competitions abroad, this month few athletes had this opportunity.
Saria Traboulsi is investing her efforts now in the Heptathlon. After proving that she is the best middle distance runner in Lebanon by breaking last year the 800 and 1000 meters National records, she started this 2014 season with a combined events competition indoor, the pentathlon, her first ever combined event participation. She went to Bucharest - Romania for the "Campionatul National Probe Combinate Sala" (Indoor Combined Events National Championship) on 8 and 9 this February.
She began the Pentathlon with the 60m Hurdles clocking 10.37 seconds, she jumped an indoor record of 1.48m in high jump, but the mark was beaten a week later by Krystel Saneh, the record was 1.45 meters, she scored 7.54 meters in shot put, jumped 4.56 meters in Long jump and ran a 2:20.59 seconds in 800 meters 2
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After the Triathlon one month ago, the Notre Dame de Jamhour College has organized the yearly NDJ's Cross Country Championship for schools, on January 18, 2014. Fourteen different schools and 351 athletes participated in this local championship.
In the Kids Category (10-11 years), Farah Tayar (CSJ), the young sister of Manal Tayar who was one of the strongest middle distance and cross country runner, won the race with a big margin. Her brother, Wajih Tayar was also one of the favorites in the Boys category, but was absent for this championship. We can say that the Tayar's family is a family of great runners! In the Boys, Hamza Seblini from LES Tyr won the race in 5 minutes 27 seconds, leaving after him Mario Ghorayeb from NDJ and Ralph Moujaes (Champville) who fought hard in the last 10 meters to win the 3rd place over Kevin Aoun (NDJ).
In the Bantams (12-13 years), Tara El Khazen (NDJ) won the girls' race, and Samir Abi Najem (Champville) won the boys' with a long last sprinting towards the finish line, so surpass Kevin Zoghbi from Antonins and Rudy Feghali (NDJ). The Antonins boys took the first place while Champville and Jamhour finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Notre Dame de Jamhour organizes every year the
Inter-Scholar Triathlon Championship for the young athletes in Lebanon.
The 2013 edition was held yesterday Sunday 22nd in Jamhour. Nine schools
participated in this championship: Notre Dame de Jamhour the host of
the Championship, College St Gregoire, Melkart, College Protestant,
Champville, Antonins, Capucins Batroun, IML and Maristes Jbeil.
competition is a combined event of Sprint, Long jump and Shot Put for
categories starting with Kids and finishing with the Youth category.
This competition is very important for the athletes to discover the
combined events at a young age, and for the coaches and federation to
catch the rising stars in this event. Talking about rising stars, in
this edition, few athletes have achieved impressive performances like
Charbel Mtanios from Antonins who is born in 2002, and jumped 4.54
meters in Long Jump, ran the 50 meters in 6.8 seconds (manual time) and
threw the ball a 29.44 meters. His final score was 860 according the the
table of Letessier. Other kids who shined in this championship: Cynthia Abdel Nour and
Sara Abou Jaoude from Champville scoring respectively 760 (50m: 7.5, LJ:
4.04, BT: 30.07) and 720 points (50m: 7.4, LJ: 4.02, BT: 22.86). In the Bantam Category (12-13 years), Maria Merhej from NDJ won withh
830 points, and Georges Saba
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Alain Saad won the only Gold for Lebanon in this championship, throwing a 16.22 meters in the shot put breaking the Lebanese youth record. Two silver medals were won by Sandy Karam in 5km Race Walking (29:25) on the first day, first competition in the championship, and through Joy Abousleiman in the Long Jump with 4.80 meters. Joy was ranked 4th in the triple jump with 10.05m. Sara-Joe Kortbawi and Joelle Feghali both won bronze medals for Lebanon in the 1500m and the 400 meters respectively. Christopher Boulos finished 4th in the 100 meters final, after winning his heat, and was placed 6th in the 200 meters. Ahmad Chour finished 6th in the 800 meters. The girls ran the medley relay and were placed 4th, with Sandy Karam on 100m, Joy Abousleiman on 200m, Joelle Feghali on 300 meters and Sarah-Joe Kortbawi on 400m.
-Results: Alain Saad: Gold Medal in Shot Put with 16.22 meters NEW NATIONAL RECORD Christopher Boulos: 4th in 100 meters with 11.35 - 6th in 200 meters with 22.91 (+3.1m/s) Ahmad Chour: 6th
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