|Gretta Taslakian is at the top of her game! She ran a race that left everybody wanting to see what more this talented Lebanese sprinter has in store. Previously, when she ran the 200m in the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China she was so close to grabbing the bronze medal from the 3rd place winner Guzel Khubbieva from Uzbekistan. This time, in the Asian Championship, Gretta proved that she is one tough competitor by proudly crossing the 200m finish line 2nd, making herself and Lebanon very proud! The Japanese sprinter who won the Asian games took 1st place while her fellow Japanese colleague took 3rd place after Gretta.
In the semi-final, Gretta ran an amazing 200m in 23.87s (w -1.5m/s), and in the final she ran 24.01s (w -2.2m/s).
With this medal, Gretta Taslakian proves once again that she is the best Lebanese Woman Athlete in History, with more than 1050 points, she is far from the other Lebanese Women athletes. She is the Lebanese National record holder for the 60m race up to the 400m in sprint and she holds 15 outdoor records! She proved to everyone how strong, how dedicated, and how willing she is!
Moreover, only three Lebanese athletes won medals in Asia over the years, Jean-Claude Rabbath who won Gold in the Asian Games, Gretta Taslakian who just won Silver in the Asian Championship and Janette Ayyoub with a bronze medal in Hammer Throw; Janette was first to win a medal in the Asian Championship.
Ahmad Hazer who broke the 110m hurdles record 2 weeks before flying off to Japan with a beautiful time of 14.13s, also competed in the Asian championship. He is now at the top of the Lebanese men’s scoring table with around 1040 points. He ran the 110m race in Japan in 14.25s with a wind of -2.2 m/s. This is definitely a good timing for the 110m with such strong wind and his best run after the 14.13s time.
Both Gretta Taslakian and Ahmad Hazer still have the World Championship in Daegu, Korea where we hopefully will see more mind blowing races and wonderful timings for both champions!