Best Lebanese Athletics Performances since 2010
15 Sep. 2016 – “Records are made to be Broken”, this famous quote indicates that in order to improve the level of our sport, records must be broken.
We decided to check the evolution of athletics in the past 6 years, since 2010 to be exact. The new technologies, new federations, rising talents and environment, all have a role to play in the progression of Lebanese athletics.
If you check the table below, you will notice that 25 National Records in both the men’s and women’s Seniors categories were set out of 44 events,which is more than half of the events.
Another thing worth mentioning is that the women set 14 new records out of 25. Nine best performances were set in 2016. The Youngest athlete to figure among the best athletes since 2010 is Mira Ibrahim, who is an emerging talent in the throwing events at only 15 years old.
|Best Achievements Since 2010|
|100m||10.59||Mohamad Siraj Tamim||Inter-Lebanon||2012|
|400m||48.08||Mohamad Siraj Tamim||Inter-Lebanon||2013|
|Half Marathon||1:05.28||Hussein Awada||Army||2010|
|110m Hurdles||14.06||Ahmad Hazer||Champions||2011|
|400m Hurdles||52.95||Ali Hazer||Champions||2014|
|3000m Steeplechase||9:45.00||Mohamad Ajamy||Army||2012|
|Pole Vault||3.60||Ali Hazer||Champions||2013|
|High Jump||2.16||Jean Claude Rabbath||Inter-Lebanon||2012|
|Long Jump||7.10||Mohamad Traije||Army||2012|
|Triple Jump||15.36||Patrick Hanna*||Blue Stars||2015|
|Shot Put||18.00||Christopher Saikali||Champville||2016|
|Hammer Throw||58.41||Abdallah Shaheen||Inter-Lebanon||2013|
|Javelin Throw||61.57||Abdel Rahmad Hallani||Army||2013|
|Discus Throw||45.94||Badri Obeid||Army||2012|
|20km Race Walking||1:35:20||Ali Ismail||Inter-Lebanon||2012|
*Patrick is no longer representing Lebanon, he decided to chose the Canadian Nationality and compete for Canada.
*The performances in Red are currently National Records
We should note that 5 of the best athletes in the men’s category and 6 in the women’s category already retired from sports or are not recently showing on the track or are competing in different events.
|Best Achievements Since 2010|
|5000m||17:07.99||Maria Pia Nehme||Inter-Lebanon||2015|
|10,000m||36:55.42||Maria Pia Nehme||Inter-Lebanon||2015|
|Half Marathon||1:17:00||Chirine Njeim||Champville||2016|
|100m Hurdles||15.34||Krystel Saneh||Champville||2016|
|400m Hurdles||1:10.19||Laura Saliba||Blue Stars||2011|
|3000m Steeplechase||11:53.87||Hoda Awadi||Ansar||2011|
|Pole Vault||2.10||Jana Majed||Ansar||2010|
|High Jump||1.65||Samantha Saikali||Champville||2016|
|Long Jump||5.66||Krystel Saneh||Champville||2013|
|Triple Jump||11.58||Krystel Saneh||Champville||2013|
|Shot Put||10.99||Leila Karhani||Inter-Lebanon||2011|
|Hammer Throw||23.55||Mira Ibrahim||Champville||2016|
|Javelin Throw||39.31||Janette Said||Inter-Lebanon||2012|
|Discus Throw||29.02||Mira Ibrahim||Champville||2016|
|20km Race Walking||2:09:54||Sandy Karam||Champville||2015|
2016 season will officially be done after the Half Marathon Championship that will be held this Sunday in Jounieh, but some clubs might organize additional meetings especially for the young athletes who will change categories. Some people see it as another chance for breaking records, and others think that the records, especially in the younger categories, are not that important, and that they add more stress on the young athlete.
The elections of the new federation are coming up soon, so we hope that the new leaders will help improve the level of Athletics in Lebanon.