Samuel Francis, Bashir and others, Qatar's Proud of you!

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Samuel Francis, Bashir and others, Qatar's Proud of you!

I'm so proud of them, especially Samuel. ILQ is always behind you!

Qatar made a promising start on the opening day of the Olympic Games athletics as both sprinter Samuel Francis and middle-distance runner Daham Naim Bashir entered the semi-finals of their respective events yesterday.
Francis won the heat 9 of the first round in 10.40sec, and ran the second round in 10.11sec which put him into the semi-finals.
Bashir clocked 3min 36sec, the seventh best time in the heats, to qualify for the men’s 1,500m semi-final. Rashid Ramzi of Bahrain was the fastest in the heats, with a time of 3:32.89.
Francis, the first Asian sprinter to break the 10-second barrier, will now run today’s first semi-final (3pm Qatar time), featuring world record holder Usain Bolt from Jamaica and other top sprinters. Other stars of the showpiece event, former world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica and Tyson Gay, will run in the other semi-final.
But it was a disappointing day for Qatar’s other middle-distance runner Ali Thamer Kamal. He failed to reach the semi-final after only managing eighth in the fourth heats with a time of 3:41.08 -– well off his best mark of the season 3:35.56.
Mohamed Moustaoui of Morocco ran the second fastest time behind Ramzi to qualify with a time of 3:34.80, while Augustine Kiprono Choge of Kenya came home third, finishing in 3:35.47. Top five in each of the four heats and the next four fastest runners qualify for the semi-final.
It proved a tough competition, with Kenyan-born Bernard Lagat of the United States, 2007 world champion and two-time Olympic medalist, only just qualifying for tomorrow’s semi-final. The event’s final will be on Tuesday.
Two more Qatari athletes will be in action today as Abubaker Ali Kamal competes in 3,000m steeplechase, while Rashid Shafi al-Dosari, the 2002 Busan Asian Games discus gold medalist, will look to progress through to the men’s discus final on Tuesday.

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