(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Doha, Qatar: Aspire Academy's Seif Abdessalem Hemeida continued his fine form in the pole vault with another gold medal for Qatar and a championship record as he also broke his own national record.
The 18-year-old, who is coached by Qatar Athletics Federation's Pawel Szczyrba, dominated the event in the South Korean city of Yecheon. He claimed the title thanks to his first-time clearance at 5.25m but he decided to continue and eventually cleared 5.50m.
Earlier Hemeida had cleared 4.80m, 5.00m, 5.10, 5.20m and 5.25m on his first attempts, which proved to be enough for him to win the gold medal as China's Liu Rui failed his three efforts at 5.25m.
The event ended up being a straight battle between Hemeida and China's Liu Rui after two Japanese athletes both registered three failures each at 5.15m. His height of 5.50m means that he added 15cm to his previous Qatar national record, which he cleared to win silver at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in February.His win came just two weeks after he won gold for Qatar at the first-ever Arab Under-23 Athletics Championships in Tunisia. He also won gold at the West Asian Athletics Championships in Doha.
Also in action for Qatar on the first day of the competition was Aspire sprinter Amir Muhammad, who was unable to progress from the semi-finals into the final. There was a second gold on the opening day for Qatar as Ismail Doudai win the men's 400m event. Two other Academy student-athletes are set to compete at the championships with Mahamat Abdrahman in the 400m hurdles and Nayef Al Rashidi in the 110m hurdles, which will also feature part-time Aspire athlete Oumar Doudai.
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