The first medal for Lebanon in the Arab Youth championship was won by Patrick Hanna in High Jump. The Lebanese young man who lives and trains in Canada not only won a medal in this event but also set a new national record for his category with a 1.96m jump. The day after, he participated in the Triple Jump. A jump of 14.23m put him in second place behind Algeria! The third medal was won the last day by Alain Saad who surprised everyone winning a Bronze medal in Shot Put with a shot at 14.86 meters! We should note that all the medalist are male! We are used to see girls on the podium of these championships. Well done boys!
On the other hand, the first day, first event was the 5km race walk, where Sandy Karam took 4th place behind two girls from Tunis, one of them did the second best performance in the world, and a girl from Egypt. She set a new National record with 28:5
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The Arab Youth Championship will be held this week in Egypt, from 21 to 23 June in Cairo. The Lebanese team will travel tomorrow.
Anthony Mickael, who ran 11.13 in 100m this season is the first to qualify for the World Youth Championship that will held in Ukraine next month, will be part of the national team. He also broke the 400m youth record in 50.77. Anthony will participate in the 200 and 400 meters. Although, Patrick Hanna, a young Lebanese athletes who lives in Canada came especially to Lebanon to go representing Lebanon in Egypt. Patrick is the son of Ziad Hanna, an athlete that still hold the Lebanese Youth record in Long jump unbeatable since 1980! His personal best this year in high jump is 1.93m outdoor and 1.97m indoor, and in triple jump 14.26m. He also hold the records for both events. Christopher Boulos who revealed himself on the track this year with 22.59 on 200m will participate in 100 and 200 meters.
2012 has ended with a new, young and motivated Lebanese Federation, presided by Roland Saade.
2013 makes its debut with an international indoor competition the 21st Fajr International Competition, followed by a dinner organized by the LAF to honor Mir Abdallah Chehab and all the athletes who set records during the year, and few local meetings organized by clubs.
The first meeting set by the LAF will be on April 6, and will be followed by two other meetings one on April 13 and another one on April 20. The first meeting is set to select the national team for the 2nd Youth West Asian Championship where only Youth and Midgets events will be on the program. At the following meeting the Juniors will be able to compete and the 3rd one will be open for all categories.
The first athlete who attacked 2013 with great results is Maria-Pia Nehme with her 5000m record of 17:49:70 set in February. She also set an indoor 3000m record this month at Montreal with 10:25.68 and was the winner of the race! On March 25, another meeting was organized by CSJ, where Lea Obeid set 8.02 seconds on 60 meters! The midget girl also did Long jump but her performance on 60m allowed her to collect 938 points on the indoor table, to be ranked 1st overall midgets performances of all times.
At the 2nd West Asian Championship that held in Dubai - UAE from the 12th to the 15th December, 18 athletes represented Lebanon at the games accompanied by the LAF officials; Jean Ghaoui and Salah Farran; Carine Bitchakjian as a National coach; and on the 2nd day of competition came the President M. Roland Saade to support the Lebanese team.
Over 12 countries, Lebanon was 4th with 3 gold, 7 silver and 3 bronze, knowing that Lebanon was expected to win 5 gold!
Gold: . Gretta Taslakian: 200m, 400m . Relay team: Gretta Taslakian, Maha Al Moallem, Christelle Rahme, Krystel Saneh: 4x100m Relay
Silver: . Hoda Awadi: 3000 Steeplechase . Maria Pia Rahme: 5000m, 10,000m . Sandy Karam: 10km Race Walk . Sara Awalli: 800m . Krystel Saneh: Long Jump . Relay Team: Aziza Sbeity, Lory Tashjian, Sara Awalli, Saria Traboulsi: 4x400m Relay
On 24 November 2012 in Barcelona - Spain, Usain Bolt won his forth title of Male athlete of the year and Allyson Felix her first. They also received trophies and US 100 000$ prize at the Athletes of the year Award Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Pullman Skipper Hotel. The awards were hosted by International Athletics Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, who presented the trophies to the Female and Male winners respectively.
Usain Bolt, 26, the World Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2011, successfully defended both his 100m and 200m titles at the Olympic Games in London, clocking 9.63 and 19.32 respectively, both the fastest times in the World this year. He concluded his Olympic appearance by anchoring a Jamaican quartet to a 36.84 World record in the 4x100m Relay. He won six out of seven competitions in the 100m, and three of four in the 200m.
"This means a lot to me as this was one of my hardest years," said Bolt. "My coach doesn't want us to discuss injuries, so I didn't talk about it, so this means a lot."
Chirine is a Lebanese Alpine Skier who lives in Chicago (United States), she represented Lebanon in the 2002 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games. When, how, why did Chirine start running? How did she run 3 hours 7 minutes in the Chicago marathon 3 weeks ago, knowing that the Lebanese record stands on 3:00:02! We contacted Chirine and she answered all our questions:
Who is Chirine Njeim?
Being an accomplished athlete has taught me a significant amount about myself and what truly motivates me. Through my experiences, I have always set ‘the bar’ high in an attempt to continually better myself and to reach my dreams. One of those dreams was to compete in the Olympics as an alpine skier, a dream I realized in 2002, 2006, and in 2010 for my home country, Lebanon. To achieve that dream, I had to learn how to sacrifice and to be self-sufficient.
When did you decide to start running?
Studying, traveling and skiing have been my occupations since the age of 10. Skiing will always be my #1 sports at heart. I Never stopped skiing, I just couldn't race after the 2010 Olympic games because the Lebanese ski federation put a ho
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We heard that all the records set by Champville athletes at Sports City on the last meeting organized by Inter-Lebanon and Champville clubs, have been denied by the Lebanese Athletics Federation due to the fact that Elie Saade, the head coach at Champille club, was the only member of the LAF present, even though Fady Saleme, another member of the LAF, was also present that day and Elie Saade was there as a representative of the Federation. This means that the 2 records set by Sara-Joe Kortbawi and the 60m records set by Lea Obeid and Nour Mouaness will not be registered.
To be sure that this information is true, we contacted Elie Saade who denied this story and said that the records aren't confirmed YET, simply because he has the results and for personal reasons couldn't attend the meeting of the LAF.
We hope that these young athletes keep what's rightfully theirs. Athletes should never be the victims of misunderstandings and political problems.