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Oman’s Balushi misses podium at U20 worlds

23 Aug 2021

Oman’s Ali Anwar al Balushi missed a historic medal at the World U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, recently as he finished a creditable fourth in the 100m race.

Having stormed into the 100m final by winning the semifinal heat with a new Oman junior record of 10.27s, the 19-year-old Balushi clocked 10.39s to be edged out of the podium by Cuban Shainer Rengifo Montoya (10.32s), who claimed a bronze. Coached by Fahad al Mashaikhi, Balushi’s performance was lauded by the newly elected Oman Athletics Association (OAA) board.

Balushi’s impressive timings herald a bright future for Oman athletics. With three years left for Paris 2024 Olympics, OAA is determined to nurture the talented Balushi, who has the potential to make it big in the future.

It was a historic night on Thursday for Botswana as the country won its first ever 100m medal. Having clocked two national U20 records in his run-up to the final, Letsile Tebogo did not falter, despite the harsh conditions caused by rainfall.

The 18-year-old had enough steam to power to his first global title with a time of 10.19s. 

South Africa’s Benjamin Richardson won the silver in 10.28 and Montoya took bronze. 

Oman’s other participant at the worlds was Husain al Farsi in the 800m. The Kuwait-based Omani clocked 1m:50.34s to finish sixth in the heats and bow out early.

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