Olympic silver and bronze medallist Mutaz Barshim, double World Junior Champion Ashraf Elseify and rising star in the 400-metre hurdles Abderrahman Samba, are among an incredibly strong Qatari team competing at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in Athletics this week.
The world’s third largest sporting event kicked off on Friday, 4 August at the London Stadium. 2,000 athletes from 200 nations will compete over 10-days to be crowned the greatest athletes in the world, with five talented Team Qatar athletes hoping to make Qatar proud.
President of the Qatar Athletics Federation and Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee Dr Thani Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, said they are incredibly proud of the country’s athletes.
They are fantastic role models for our young people and we hope that our whole nation will get behind them and show their support as they go head-to-head with the world’s greatest athletes.’
The strength and depth of the Qatari team reflects the considerable progress that Qatar has made over the years. With Doha hosting the next edition of the World Championships in 2019, we hope that athletics will continue to grow and flourish across the whole of the Middle East as we bring the event to our region. We will work hard over the next two years to maximise this opportunity to introduce athletics to new audiences, inspire new athletes and capture the attention of new fans.’
Heading Team Qatar is the country’s greatest-ever athlete Mutaz Barshim, who will be bidding to make further sporting history and become Qatar’s first-ever IAAF World Champion. The current world number one has shown incredible form throughout 2017 and is unbeaten so far this season. Barshim also has his eyes on Javier Sotomayer’s 24-year-old world record after recording the second highest jump in history in 2014.
Attempting to win his first major senior medal will be hammer thrower Ashraf Elseify, who won the World Junior Championships in 2012 and 2014 and holds the junior world record. Only 22 years old, Elseify finished an incredible sixth in last year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games in a field of much older and more experienced athletes. Joining Elseify in the field events is fellow Aspire Academy graduate, 21-year-old Ahmed Bedeir, who was the youngest competitor in last year’s Olympic javelin throw final. He recently won silver at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships.
Completing the Team Qatar line-up are talented young sprinters Abderrahman Samba and Abdallelah Haroun. The two will compete in the 400-metre hurdles and 400-metre, respectively. Samba made an immediate mark when he ran the fastest time in March, then went on to victory in May’s Doha Diamond League, ahead of reigning Olympic Champion, Kerron Clement. Haroun has quite an achievement at a very young age, earning silver in the 2016 World Indoor Championships, gold in the 2016 World U20 Championships and another gold in the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships.
You can follow Team Qatar’s progress in the IAAF World Championships on Qatar Olympic Committee’s social media channels under the hashtag #YallaQatar.