Category Archives: Maryam Yusuf Jamal مريم يوسف جمال‎‎

A Long Shot: Asian Hopes at the Daegu World Championships

The Daegu World Athletics Championships is just around the corner. South Korea will play host to the most prestigious gathering track & field athletes after the Olympic Games, the third time for an Asian country to do so.

Sprinter Usain Bolt, in light of his spectacular array of world records, is the undeniable front-act. Other crowd drawers are triple jumper Teddy Tamgho of France (a stress fracture prematurely ended Tamgho’s season, unfortunately), high jumper Blanka Vlasic and javelin thrower Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway. The Kenyan 800m runner David Rudisha, fresh from a slew of world records last season, is on the hunt to rewrite the two-lap mark once more. The sprints, as always, will provide fast-paced action as the rest of the world pits their sprinting might against the dominant Jamaicans and Americans.

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Track Beauty of the Week: Maryam Yusuf Jamal مريم يوسف جمال‎

Maryam Yusuf Jamal مريم يوسف جمال‎‎ is this week’s track beauty!

The Ethiopian-born Bahraini is one of the best middle distance runners in the world today. Jamal, once known as Zenebech Tola, won back-to-back World Championship crowns in the 1500m run in 2007 and 2008. Her best times of 1:57.80 and 3:56.18 in the 800m and 1500m, respectively, place her in the top echelons of all-time best performances. Jamal won the 16th Asian Games 1500m title, but failed to follow it up with a win in the 800m.

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The high level of competition for major championship slots in her country of birth, as well as rampant factionalism in sports, prompted Jamal to turn to foreign shores. She sought to gain Swiss, American, Canadian and French citizenship but wound up in the oil-rich nation of Bahrain instead.

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