Mutaz Barshim crowned Olympic champion

Tokyo: Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba will gun for the gold medal in the final of Men’s 400m hurdles event at Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games to be staged on Tuesday.

The world bronze medallist advanced to the final of 400m hurdles after clocking at time 47.47 in the semi-final held on Sunday.

In today’s final, Samba will face a tough task with World record holder Karsten Warholm of Norway and American Rai Benjamin also qualifying for the title showdown.

Also, on Tuesday, Qatar’s Musab Adam and Abdirahman Saeed Hassan will begin their campaign in Men’s 1500m event at the Olympic Stadium.

Adam secured his spot Tokyo Olympics when he won the qualifying 1500m race held in Doha earlier this year with a time of 3.32.41 minutes.

Abdirahman Saeed Hassan booked a spot at the Tokyo Olympic Games with a second-place finish at the II Meeting Challenge Nerja 2021 in Spain last May.

The 24-year-old comfortably dipped under the qualifying standard of 3 minutes 35 seconds with a
personal best 3:34.24.

After failing to qualify to Men’s 100m final, Femi Ogunode will participate in Men’s 200m heats on Tuesday.

For his part, Ashraf Amgad El Seify’s hopes of clinching an Olympic medal were dashed when he failed to qualify to Men’s Hammer Throw final. In the qualifications held on Monday, the Asian Games gold medallist took the 13th place with a throw of 71.84m.

On the other hand, the medal ceremony of Men’s High Jump event was held on Monday. Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi shared the gold medal while Maksim Nedasekau of Belarus took the bronze medal.

Both Barshim, 30, and the 29-year-old Tamberi cleared 2.37 metres on Sunday evening. Facing the prospect of a jump-off to decide the winner, they persuaded organisers to let them share the triumph.

The medal ceremony was attended by Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad, Asian Athletics Association President and World Athletics Council Member.


Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

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