Kur­dish girls ex­cel at Iraqi Track & Field Tour­na­ment

Bzhan Khoshavi, Ta­mara Shakir, and Mariyam Ab­dul­hamid be­come new Iraqi record hold­ers

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Zakaria Muhammed

Kur­dish ath­letes, who have be­come a great power in the track and field games in the last five to seven years, per­formed quite well in the Iraqi Track & Field tour­na­ment and are look­ing for­ward to tak­ing part in sev­eral other com­pe­ti­tions. This is a boost for an en­tire Kur­dish na­tion.

Kur­dish ath­letes, who have be­come a great power in the track and field games in the last five to seven years, per­formed quite well in the Iraqi Track & Field tour­na­ment and are look­ing for­ward to tak­ing part in sev­eral other com­pe­ti­tions. This is a boost for an en­tire Kur­dish na­tion.

The tour­na­ment which was held in the Iraqi cap­i­tal city of Bagh­dad last week lasted for three days and sev­eral com­pet­i­tive clubs with many skill­ful ath­letes par­tic­i­pated in it.

The com­pe­ti­tion was de­signed for three lev­els in­clud­ing se­nior level, youth level, and ju­nior level. Three Kur­dish clubs took part in the events and they were fi­nally able to se­cure the top po­si­tions of all the three lev­els.

Af­ter com­pil­ing best records, Su­laim­nay Pesh­marga club was able to be­come the cham­pi­ons of the tour­na­ment at the se­nior level. At the youths level, New Sir­wan club from Su­liamnaiya city col­lected most of the points and came first.

Mean­while, the fe­male ath­letes of the cap­i­tal city club of Er­bil booked first place and gath­ered all the scores of the matches at the ju­nior level.

Kur­dis­tan pro­duced this year's three record hold­ers. Bzhan Khoshavi par­tic­i­pated in all seven events, in­clud­ing high jump, long jump, javelin throw, shot put, 200- and 800-me­ter runs, and 100-me­ter hur­dles. She com­piled a good record and broke the Iraqi ath­lete's for­mer record. She is now the record holder in hep­tathlon.

Er­bil club run­ner, Ta­mara Shakir, be­come the new Iraq record holder as well af­ter she took only 15:30 sec­onds to fin­ish the dis­tance in the 100 hur­dles. Mariyam Ab­dul­hamid also be­came the new Iraqi high jump record holder af­ter she jumped 1.53 me­ters high.

“It was a very strong com­pe­ti­tion as ath­letes from 18 clubs from all the Iraqi prov­inces strug­gled to per­form their best per­for­mances. Thanks to God, we as Kur­dish ath­letes stayed dom­i­nant till the fi­nal mo­ments. We came first at all lev­els,” said Reb­war Jab­bari, Er­bil Track and Field head coach.

Jab­bari was pleased with his ath­letes’ high per­for­mance lev­els they showed at the tour­na­ment and he was even hap­pier when two of his ath­letes held new records.

Fol­low­ing the events, four play­ers from Er­bil club were con­tacted to join the Iraqi na­tional team. The ath­letes in­clude: Nariyam Ab­dul­hamid, Ta­mara Shakir, Sali Muham­mad, and Sara Salar.

This pic­ture de­picts Er­bil fe­male Track and Field team.

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