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Qatar’s Javelin Thrower Aims for London 2017 Medal

Team Qatar’s Olympic Javelin Thrower Ahmed Budair will compete in the London 2017 World Athletics Championships in August

Team Qatar’s javelin thrower Ahmed Budair qualified for the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London after topping the competition in the 16th GCC Athletics Championship last April.

Budair, who was the youngest javelin thrower in Rio 2016, has kept himself busy this year. He went on a two-month training in Finland and competed in the Arab and Asian championships. He also participated in the Diamond League series for the first time in Doha last May and in Monaco last week. This kept him on track for London.

The javelin thrower’s latest competition saw him snag the silver medal in the 16th Asian Athletics Championships in India held earlier this month. Commenting on the Asian Championships, Budair said it was really a good experience.

Competing in one of the strongest Asian Championships ever and leaving with a silver medal, it really gave me a lot of confidence in my performance. That was the first time I had ever competed in the Asian Athletics Championships, so although I wanted gold I’m still very happy with my performance.’

Budair is a graduate of Qatar’s Aspire Academy. His stand-out performance, Budair explains, is the culmination of his experience in Aspire Academy, his intensive training and because of his talented coach, Esa Utriainen, a former champion javelin thrower for Finland.

Communication with your coach is the most important thing – I speak about everything with him. Coach Esa is incredible – he has a personal best of over 90 metres. Everyday we try something new to help me develop as an athlete – progress in javelin takes time and patience.’

Budair trains twice a day – alternating cycles between weight training, throwing, and speed training.

One of the hardest things about javelin throw is improving yourself. One metre can take you years – not just one or two years, but five or more. Javelin needs speed, strength and flexibility, so in a sense it’s a mixture of many disciplines.’

Budair’s gruelling training and competition schedule, which he juggles along his education at Qatar University, is in preparation for the London 2017 World Championships in Athletics.

A big part of my preparation for the World Championships in Athletics in London is to compete as many times as possible before it, while still giving myself time to rest and avoid any possibility of injury. My biggest competition in London will definitely be the German team – they have many talented javelin throwers.’

Despite his young age, Budair hopes to reach the finals in London. He said that once he gets there, anything is possible.

The World Championships in Athletics will take place in London from 4 -13 August 2017 and will see over 1,900 athletes participating from over 200 countries around the world. Team Qatar will be represented by Budair, along with two-time Olympic medallist high jumper Mutaz Barshim and hammer throw champion Ashraf Elseify.

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