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Sandy Karam opens the seaosn with a new 3km race walking record

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.

I’m focusing a lot now in my training and increasing the intensity and distance with my coach in order to be able to finish the 20km walking in Gwangsu Summer Universiade.

Unfortunately, in our country, instead of encouraging the athlete, they try to destroy him or her. Sandy is one of them. She’s been setting high level records, even if only her and her sister participate in the race walking events. The two sisters are doing really good performances. But there are people who criticize their walking technique, with not even having a glance of what is race walking and what are the IAAF rules of race walking. If the referees aren’t qualified enough to judge her technique they better not criticize. This talented young athlete participated in 5 international competitions and didn’t have a single yellow card!

We should mention that Sandy KARAM is the first athlete who started Race Walking in Lebanon, back in 2011 when she participated in the Youth West Asian Championship and won a bronze medal when she was still a Midget Girl (U15).

“People always ask me why race-walking and why not running? It’s funny to say that I’m loving this game more and more especially when I remember where I was 3 years back and where I am now, and when I see the people who know me encouraging me without criticizing! Only a year back my 3km record was 16:57 and I am willing to keep on moving forward and never giving up!”, added Sandy.

This meeting was initially organized for youth athletes like Mahmoud DAOU from CSJ who ran the 200 meters in 22.65 seconds! Jad KHOURY, who turned youth this year, was also very good on 200 meters clocking 23.16 seconds.

On 800 meters, Ahmad CHOUR from Phoenicia Tyr did a superb run from start to finish clocking 2:00.47. After him comes Peter KHOURY from Champville who turned youth this year and opened the season with a new personal best of 2:08.16. With Ahmad, Peter, Jad and Mahmoud, we expect to see a great relay team in the upcoming championship.

The girls weren’t as good as expected in this meeting, Sara Joe KORTBAWI opened the season with 2:23.74 on 800 meters, but who will be a potential gold medal contender in the Youth West Asian Champs. Yasmina FAKHRY ran the 3000 meters in 11:51.02! A great performance for this young girl who is improving a lot lately.

Another meeting is expected to be held in the upcoming days. This year, unlike 2014, is a year of championships. In athletics, it is usually a cycle of four years. If we start counting from London 2012, it was the year of the Olympic Games, in 2013, there was the World Championship that happens every two years, so 2014 was an empty year, and this season we have not only the World championship, but also the Arab Championship, the Arab Games, Youth West Asian and Youth Asian championship.

We expect the performances to increase in every competition.

>>> Results:

3km Race Walking Women:

  1. Sandy Karam (Champville): 15:49.33
  2. Chloe Karam (Champville): 19:25.84

100m Hurdles Women W(+1.2m/s):

  1. Krystel Saneh (Champville): 15.98
  2. Tara Kanj (Antonins): 18.54

 

200m Women H1 W(+0.9m/s):

  1. Aziza Sbeity (CSJ): 25.65
  2. Joelle Feghali (CSJ): 27.68
  3. Farah Hachem (Antonins): 27.73
  4. Lea Ladki (Inter-Lebanon): 30.55
  5. 200m Women H2 W(+1.1m/s):
  6. Karen Fallaha (Antonins): 30.73
  7. Mona Dika (Antonins): 31.41
  8. Rhea Akel (CSJ): 31.65

 

200m Women H3 W(+0.7m/s):

  1. Lea Obeid (Champville): 27.41
  2. Rebecca Kassab (CSJ): 28.06
  3. Lea Dandan (Inter-Lebanon): 28.74
  4. Corine Freiha (CSJ): 29.80
  5. Nathaly Bejjani (CSJ): 30.85

 

200m Women H4 W(+0.3m/s):

  1. Betani Nasrallah (Inter-Lebanon): 29.42
  2. Taghrid Naaman (Batroun Stars): 29.74
  3. Farah Harb (Inter-Lebanon): 30.06
  4. Diala Jazra (CSJ): 30.84
  5. Ayend Christ Daou (Champville): 32.01
  6. Christelle Haddad (CSJ): 32.34

 

200m Men H1 W(+0.1m/s):

  1. Jad Khoury (Champville): 23.16
  2. Mrad Younes (Batroun Stars): 24.66
  3. Nabil Younes (Batroun Stars): 25.52
  4. Camil Bou Farhat (CSJ): 26.06
  5. Ahmad Mohsen (Phoenicia): 26.40

 

200m Men H2 W(+0.8m/s):

  1. Ralph Ward (CSJ): 24.71
  2. Boulid Ali (Manar): 25.38
  3. Georges Ghafary (CSJ): 25.47
  4. Carlo Karam (CSJ): 26.04
  5. Elie Aramouni (CSJ): 26.14

 

200m Men H3 W(+0.4m/s):

  1. Nour Hadid (Army): 22.26
  2. Hassan Mansour (Army): 22.64
  3. Mahmoud Daou (CSJ): 22.65
  4. Anthony Mikael (CSJ): 22.73
  5. Malek Chatila (Inter-Lebanon): 23.40
  6. Mohamad Cheib (Army): 24.02

 

200m Men H4 W(+0.2m/s):

  1. Khaled Mansour (Army): 23.95
  2. Ali Fneich (CSJ): 24.23
  3. Mohamad Kassem (Army): 24.38
  4. Bassel Tfeili (CSJ): 26.05
  5. Emile Hoayek (CSJ): 26.09

 

2000m steeplechase Women:

  1. Nour Farhat (Antonins): 9:08.27
  2. Joylynne Kortbawi (Champville): 9:33.01

 

800m Men:

  1. Hussein Karkali (Army): 1:55.23
  2. Ahmad Chour (Phoenicia): 2:00.47
  3. - : 2:03.01
  4. Michael Bassous (CSJ): 2:07.23
  5. Peter Khoury (Champville): 2:08.16
  6. Carlo Karam (CSJ): 2:19.07
  7. Mohamad Naaman (Batroun Stars): 2:21.83
  8. Bassel Tfeili (CSJ): 2:25.71
  9. Ahmad Mohsen (Phoenicia): 2:28.12
  10. Walid Mokhel (Antonins): 2:28.45
  11. Charbel Sfeir (Meristes Jbeil): 2:33.88
  12. Hamzi Yaghi (Manar): 2:34.53

 

800m Women:

  1. Sara Joe Kortbawi (Champville): 2:23.74
  2. Ghiya Mtairek (Phoenicia): 2:30.03
  3. Corine Freiha (CSJ): 2:44.87
  4. Karen Feghali (CSJ): 2:57.39
  5. Chloe Abi Jaoude (CSJ): 2:59.97
  6. Malaurie Abi Ghanem (Champville): 3:01.85

 

3000m Men:

  1. Osmat Ghreizi (Army): 9:11.92
  2. Ali Sweidan (Army): 9:14.38
  3. Mohamad Ajami (Army): 9:36.84
  4. Atef Azizi (Army): 9:53.90
  5. Abdallah Kadri (Phoenicia): 10:11.34
  6. Kifah Mohamad (Batroun Stars): 10:18.46
  7. Habib Hatem (CSJ): 10:34.91
  8. Camil Yamine (CSJ): 11:31.40
  9. Mounir Hamid (Manar): 11:41.81

 

3000m Women:

  1. Yasmina Fakhri (CSJ): 11:51.02
  2. Lynne Doughanne (CSJ): 12:39.25
  3. Lea Hoayek (CSJ): 14:30.12
  4. Murielle Slim (CSJ): 14:52.89
  5. Sasha Hakim (CSJ): 15:08.35

 

Women Medley Relay:

  1. CSJ (A): 2:32.38
  2. CSJ (B): 2:43.35
  3. Antonins (A): 2:49.73
  4. CSJ (C): 2:54.82
  5. Antonins (B): 2:57.03

 

Men Medley Relay:

  1. Army (A): 2:00.75
  2. CSJ (A): 2:03.21
  3. Army (B): 2:08.96
  4. CSJ (B): 2:21.02

 

Discus Throw Youth Boys:

  1. Nabil Younes (Batroun Stars): 23.57
  2. Cyril Dagher (CSJ): 18.67

 

Discus Throw Youth Girls:

  1. Nathaly Bejjani (CSJ): 20.76

 

Long Jump Men:

  1. Fouad Younan (Army): 6.06
  2. Mahmoud Daou (CSJ): 6.04
  3. Klovice Albati (Army): 6.00
  4. Boulad Ali (Manar): 5.72
  5. Michael Samrani (CSJ): 5.50
  6. Ghassan Zgheib (CSJ): 5.50
  7. Ralph Ward (CSJ): 5.38
  8. Georges Ghafary (CSJ): 5:20
  9. Maroun Aoun (Champville): 5.06
  10. Karim Itani (Inter-Lebanon): 4.76
  11. Maria Nasour (Champville): 4.40
  12. Christian Moussa (Champville): 4.19
  13. Karl Risk (Champville): 4:18
  14. Jad Bhamdouni (Champville): 4:12
  15. Ronald Kassab (CSJ): 3.99

 

Long Jump Women:

  1. Krystel Saneh (Champville): 5.18
  2. Joy Abousleiman (CSJ): 4.92
  3. Christina Daou (Champville): 4.58
  4. Betani Nasrallah (Inter-Lebanon): 4:48
  5. Vera Terro (Antonins): 4:23
  6. Lea Dandan (Inter-Lebanon): 4:15
  7. Eve Daou (Champville): 4:13
  8. Diala Jazra (CSJ): 4:10
  9. Maria Merhej (CSJ): 3.99
  10. Lea Tajer (CSJ): 3.98
  11. Rhea Akel (CSJ): 3.91
  12. Lea Ladki (Inter-Lebanon): 3:91
  13. Christelle Haddad (CSJ): 3.55
  14. MAria Bou Farhat (CSJ): 1.96

 

High Jump Men:

  1. Ali Kenaan (Army): 1.83
  2. Ali Dirani (Army): 1.80
  3. Georges Ghafary (CSJ): 1.77
  4. Mehdi Idawi (Army): 1.68
  5. Roger Chaarour (CSJ): 1.68
  6. Joseph Younes (CSJ): 1.50
  7. Ronald Kassab (CSJ): 1.45
  8. Mario Nassour (Champville): 1.45
  9. Christian Moussa (Champville): 1.35

 

High Jump Women:

  1. Vera Terro (Antonins): 1.45
  2. Maria Merhej (CSJ): 1.40
  3. Roxanne Ragi (CSJ): 1.35
  4. Rhea Azar (CSJ): 1.30
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