Athletics at the 2002 West Asian Games

At the 2002 West Asian Games. the athletics events were held in Kuwait City, Kuwait in April 2002. It had a men's only programme containing seventeen track and field events. Several athletics events usually held at multi-sport events were excluded from the schedule: the steeplechase, 10,000 metres, javelin and discus throws, marathon and race walking events were all absent.

Athletics
at the 2002 West Asian Games
Athletics pictogram.svg
VenueKAAF Stadium
Date10–12 April
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All of the twelve countries present at the games sent athletes to compete in the athletics and eight of them reached the medal table. Qatar finished with the most medals, taking seven gold medals in a haul of sixteen. Saudi Arabia were the next best with five golds and fourteen overall, while the hosts Kuwait took third in the table through their four golds from eleven medals in total. These three countries dominated the events, with Jean-Claude Rabbath's gold for Lebanon and Ali Feizi's silver for Iran being the only top two placings among the rest of the nations.

Some of the best results came from the sprinting events: Salem Al-Yami won the 100 metres in a Saudi Arabian record time of 10.13 seconds, while Fawzi Al-Shammari did a 200/400 metres double, breaking the Kuwaiti national record with a run of 45.25 seconds in the latter.[1] Qatari athletes won six of the nine medals on offer in the middle- and long-distance running events. Qatar also won both of the throwing events, including Bilal Saad Mubarak's shot put victory in 19.10 metres. Saudi Arabia swept the hurdles through Mubarak Ata Mubarak and Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily with times of 13.60 and 49.04 seconds, respectively – a good standard for the region.

A number of West Asian Games champions went on to win at the 2002 Asian Games later that year: Fawzi Al-Shammari won the 400 m, Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily won the 400 m hurdles, Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin won the 3000 m steeplechase and Salem Al-Ahmedi won the triple jump. Further to this, West Asian silver medallists Jamal Al-Saffar and Mukhlid Al-Otaibi topped the podium at the Asian Games and Hussein Al-Sabee (third in the long jump here) was another Asian Games champion.[2] Many athletes were also medallists at the 2002 Asian Athletics Championships held in August later that year.

MedalistsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m Salem Al-Yami
  Saudi Arabia
10.13
GR
Jamal Al-Saffar
  Saudi Arabia
10.19 Khalid Al-Obaidli
  Qatar
10.39
200 m Fawzi Al-Shammari
  Kuwait
20.44
GR
Salem Al-Yami
  Saudi Arabia
20.81 Mohamed Al-Houti
  Oman
21.02
400 m Fawzi Al-Shammari
  Kuwait
45.25
GR
Hamdan Al-Bishi
  Saudi Arabia
46.34 Mohammed Al-Muwalid
  Saudi Arabia
48.13
800 m Adam Abdu Adam
  Qatar
1:48.66
GR
Salem Amer Al-Badri
  Qatar
1:49.70 Jalil Gomehei
  Iran
1:49.81
1500 m Abubaker Ali Kamal
  Qatar
3:51.50
GR
Abdulrahman Suleiman
  Qatar
3:51.76 Faisal Al-Nahli
  Saudi Arabia
3:52.63
5000 m Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin
  Qatar
13:57.25
GR
Mukhlid Al-Otaibi
  Saudi Arabia
13:57.58 Ahmed Ibrahim Warsama
  Qatar
14:08.84
110 m hurdles Mubarak Ata Mubarak
  Saudi Arabia
13.60 Nasser Meziane
  Qatar
14.02 Mubarak Khasif
  Qatar
14.17
400 m hurdles Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily
  Saudi Arabia
49.04
GR
Bader Al-Fulaij
  Kuwait
49.58 Zahirudin Al-Najem
  Syria
51.15
4 × 100 m relay   Saudi Arabia
Salem Al-Yami
Jamal Al-Saffar
Khalifa Al-Saker
Mubarak Ata Mubarak
39.02
GR
  Qatar 39.10   Kuwait
Abdullah Sekin
Ibrahim Al-Asak
Saad Al-Zaferi
Husein Al-Youhah
41.10
4 × 400 m relay   Kuwait
Fawzi Al-Shammari
Khaled Al-Johar
Bader Al-Fulaij
Basil Al-Fadhli
3:06.51
GR
  Saudi Arabia
Hadi Soua'an Al-Somaily
Hamdan Al-Bishi
Mohammed Al-Muwalid
Bilal Al-Houssaoui
3:06.57   Syria 3:11.75
High jump Jean-Claude Rabbath
  Lebanon
2.10
=GR
Omar Al-Masrahi
  Saudi Arabia
2.07 Salem Al-Anezi
  Kuwait
2.07
Pole vault Fahad Al-Mershad
  Kuwait
4.90
GR
Abdulla Ghanim Saeed
  Qatar
4.80 Pendar Shoghian
  Iran
4.50
Long jump Said Mansoor
  Qatar
7.61
GR
Al-Waleed Abdulla
  Qatar
7.57 Hussein Al-Sabee
  Saudi Arabia
7.55
Triple jump Salem Al-Ahmedi
  Saudi Arabia
16.50 Khaled Al-Bakheet
  Kuwait
16.36 Fayez Al-Kheirat
  Syria
15.96
Shot put Bilal Saad Mubarak
  Qatar
19.10
GR
Ahmad Gholoum
  Kuwait
18.04 Ali Rahmani
  Iran
17.58
Hammer throw Mohamed Faraj Al-Kaabi
  Qatar
66.34
GR
Ali Al-Zinkawi
  Kuwait
66.01 Naser Al-Jarallah
  Kuwait
64.54
Decathlon Ahmad Hassan Moussa
  Qatar
7262
GR
Ali Feizi
  Iran
6838 Khalifa Isa Abdullah
  Bahrain
5682

Medal tableEdit

 
Mukhlid Al-Otaibi (pictured at the 2008 Olympics) won the 5000 metres silver medal for Saudi Arabia.
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Qatar (QAT)76316
2  Saudi Arabia (KSA)56314
3  Kuwait (KUW)44311
4  Lebanon (LIB)1001
5  Iran (IRI)0134
6  Syria (SYR)0033
7  Bahrain (BRN)0011
  Oman (OMA)0011
Totals (8 nations)17171751

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Big-time athletics comes to Sri Lanka – Asian Championships Preview. IAAF (2002-08-06). Retrieved on 2013-04-07.
  2. ^ 2002 Asian Games Official Report, Pages 112–172 Archived 2013-10-05 at the Wayback Machine. Asian Games. Retrieved on 2013-04-07.

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