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Qatar's sprinting jewel eyeing Olympic success

Haroun Abdalehah in action during the 400m final in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. (Photo: Ashgabat 2017)
by Wanjiku Mwenda, SJAK

ASHGABAT, September 20, 2017 - World bronze medalist Haroun Abdalelah is already looking beyond the continental showpiece if his victory in the men’s 400m at the 5th edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games is anything to go by.

After dominating the qualifying round, Qatar’s Abdalelah, led from gun to tape, crossing the finishing line in a 45.68 seconds, a new games record.

“Winning the title just goes on to remind me that I am fast growing into a force to reckon with over the distance,” said the Sudanese born Qatari.

This was his second medal in a slightly over a month after bagging the bronze medal at the World athletics Championships in London last August.

“Shifting from the world outdoor competition to the indoor competition was a challenge for me but I thank God that I have managed to emerge victorious here,” said the two-time Asian Games champion who is targeting to double up in the 400m and 800m.

The 20-year-old, who trains in Spain, has been improving by the day and sky now seems to be the limit.

He was also part of the 4 x 400m relay team Gold medal winning team at the Asian Indoor Games early in 2016.

He also took silver in the World Indoor Games that took place in Portland USA.

He made up for his failure to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with the world bronze in London.

After the Ashgabat show, he hopes to take a rest before focusing on the next season.

The Qatari’s next stop is the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham next year.

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