Suleimani achieves per­sonal best at IAAF U18 worlds

Muscat Daily - - AUTO NEWS - Ashok Puro­hit

Oman's Mo­hammed al Suleimani, the sul­tanate's only rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the IAAF World U18 Cham­pi­onships in Nairobi, Kenya, came up with a im­pres­sive per­for­mance in the 2,000m steeple­chase event on Sun­day. Suleimani qual­i­fied for the fi­nal of the event af­ter achiev­ing his per­sonal best time dur­ing his fifth-place fin­ish in the heat when he clocked five min­utes 58.89 sec­onds. The time was enough to get him a spot in the fi­nal that com­prised 15 run­ners. In the fi­nal, Suleimani timed 5m:59.72s to fin­ish tenth. Kenya's Leonard Bett won the gold medal, charg­ing to vic­tory in a time of 5m:32.52s. Locked in a bat­tle against com­pa­triot Cleophas Meyan all the way to the line, Bett won a sprint fin­ish, much to the de­light of the large crowd which turned out on the last day of ac- tion at the five-day show­piece. Meyan took the sil­ver medal in 5m:33.07s, chop­ping nearly three sec­onds off his per­sonal best, and Ethiopia's Alemu Kitessa came through for bronze in 5m:42.10s. It was Kenya's eighth vic­tory in the boys' steeple­chase at ten edi­tions of the U18 cham­pi­onships. Suleimani had at­tended a three-week camp in Kenya to get ac­cli­ma­tised to the con­di­tions there and was ac­com­pa­nied by his Al­ge­rian coach Laid Toutache. Oman Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (OAA) gen­eral sec­re­tary, Ja­had al Sheikh, con­grat­u­lated Suleimani on his per­for­mance and said, “The young­ster has the po­ten­tial to make it big in the years to come.” Suleimani, who won Oman’s cross-coun­try ti­tle in Fe­bru­ary be­fore set­tling for bronze at Asian Youth Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in May in Thai­land, is ex­pected to com­pete in 2018 Youth Olympics in Ar­gentina.

Oman’s Mo­hammed al Suleimani (left) and his coach Laid Toutache af­ter the com­ple­tion of 2,000m steeple­chase event in Nairobi, Kenya on Sun­day

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