The 2012 Lebanese season started Thursday with the Junior Category and Saturday with the Seniors at the Lebanese University Championship. Without an indoor season unfortunately, most of the athletes appeared in April for the first time this year.
On Thursday 26th Nour Fakhroury (Inter-Lebanon) broke the 100m Hurdles Juniors record with 16.45 seconds, the previous record was held by Zeina Mina with 17.10s since 1981! Nour, a Lebanese Hurdler who was living and training in Spain, is now here and just signed her name in the history book!
On Saturday the 28th Mohammad Siraj Tamim (Inter-Lebanon) ran a beautiful one lap setting a new national record with 48.23 seconds! Behind him Ramzi Naim (Inter-Lebanon) who won the 100m in 10.88s, also ran a fabulous one lap clocking 48.49s! Ramzi broke two University records in the 100 and 400 meters. Both men are getting closer to the 48 seconds barrier; the question is now: "who will be the first Lebanese Athlete to break the 48 seconds barrier?" We should mention that this was the first time that two Lebanese run sub 49 seconds in one race, and they both broke the previous record of 48.76s done by Ali Hazer. Kassem Hamze who, in 1972 at the Olympic Games in Munich ran 49.20 is now the 5th of all time in Lebanon after Mohammad Tamim, Ramzi Naim, Ali Hazer with 48.76 and Thomas Semaan with 48.91.
Furthermore, there were a few performances worth mentioning: Ali Hallal (Antonins) Jumped 1m83 for his 1st competition of the year, Michel Zeinaty (CSJ) set two PBs: 11.01s on 100m and 22.38s on 200m, Gretta Taslakian (Inter-Lebanon) started with 12.03s, Maha Al-Mouallem (Inter-Lebanon) set 2 new PBs : 12.38s on 100m and 25.35s, Daniel Bassous (CSJ) 51.92s on 400m, Mohammad Hannouf (Inter-Lebanon) 1:58.99 on 800m, Lory Tashjian (Champville) 1:00.08 on 400m, Krystel Saneh (Champville) 5.31m in Long Jump, Fouad Younan (Army) 6.85m in Long Jump, Abed Berjawi (Inter-Lebanon) 2m in High Jump.
And the best is yet to come !