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 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 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.
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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