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Sanad and Fatin win 60m races.

MOHAMMED Sanad notched the men's 60-metre title while Fatin Abdulnabi came on top in the women's section in the Bahrain Athletics Association Championship held at the National Stadium in Riffa.

The one-day event, which only included a 60-metre race for both sections, was organised for Bahrain national team athletes to test their abilities ahead of the third Asian Indoor Athletics Championship to be held from February 14 to 16 in Aspire Academy in Doha.

Five athletes took part in the men's race which saw Sanad cross the finish line first in 6.6 seconds after a fierce battle. He was followed by Mohammed Farhan (6.7 seconds) in second place and Faraj Salem (6.8) who came third.

Belal Ismail (7.3) was fourth and ahead of Khalid Abdulrasool (7.9) who took fifth place. Ibrahim Ahmed, the sixth member of the team, was unable to take part in the competition.

In the women's event, Fatin proved too strong for a field of seven other athletes, clocking the fastest time of 7.6 seconds.


Behind her was Fatima Amer (8.0) who claimed second position with Sabrine Tuwaif (8.6) third and Fatima Al Harbi (8.8) finishing fourth.

Fifth was Bushra Yousif (8.9), followed by Dana Ali (9.0) in sixth place, Maryam Al Ansari (9.1) seventh and Noor Abdulkhaleq (9.4) eighth.

Commenting on the results, Bahrain team coach Lonas Maden expressed satisfaction on the timings of some athletes who took part. He said the warm-up competition had helped him evaluate the performance of the team members as only two athletes from the men and one woman will be named for the Qatar championship.

Meanwhile, Officials from the organising committee in Qatar visited various locations, sports facilities, and indoor venues to assess the preparations.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:May 1, 2008
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