Bahrain’s hopes of claiming a medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires suffered a major blow yesterday when Yusuf Anan came fifth in the men’s 400m heat.
Anan was the first of a two-member Bahraini athletics team going into action. Lined up in the fourth heat along with athletes from USA, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Malawi and Bermuda, the 16-year-old Bahraini was unable to finish among the fastest eight athletes in all five heats and therefore missed any chance to qualify for the semi-final race.
Marwa Al Ajooz holds Bahrain’s final hope at the Olympics when she competes in the women’s 100m heat 3 tonight. The race kicks off at 10.45pm (Bahrain time).
She has been grouped with athletes from Federated States of Micronesia, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Brazil, Sao Tome and Principe, Azerbaijan, Nigeria and Mexico.
Despite the tough task, Marwa hopes to be among the fastest eight athletes in all five heats from Stage 1 and progress to the last heat in Stage 2, while the remaining athletes will be spread among the other heats according to their times.
Bahrain has sent four of its young and promising athletes to the Olympics, which got underway on October 6, with the closing ceremony scheduled for Thursday.
Ali Dawani and Maryam Sharif are the other two athletes, who performed well in their respective events. Fifteen-year-old Dawani competed in the men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles tennis championships but was out in the first rounds.
Weightlifter Maryam, also aged 15, set up a new personal best of 58kg in the women’s 48kg category.