Abdullah Mohammed Hussain of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid School, Dubai qualified with the fastest time in the boy’s under-12 section at the second round of qualifiers for the Commercial Bank of Dubai Youth Athletics Championships 2013 held over the weekend at the Dubai Police Officers Club.
The 11-year-old was at his best clocking a time of 8.15 seconds to emerge as the one with the fastest time in the 60 metres sprint race for boy’s under-12 held on Friday. Leonard Grabow from the German School had the second best time with 9.10 seconds to his credit, while Ahmed Abdullah from Dubai International School, Nad Al Sheba was third best with a time of 9.29 seconds at the end of the qualifiers.
In the girls under-12 section, athletes from Jumeirah College fared well with Kayla Cokayne qualifying fastest in a time of 9.03 seconds in the 60 metres sprint. Jumeirah College also went on to win the 4x60 metres relay race with a time of 30.21 seconds leaving the quartet from the Hessa Bint Murr School in second (32.65 secs) while the Philippines School was placed third.
“All eyes will now be on the finals to be held at this same venue in about three months’ time,” noted Amer Makki, head of the organising committee from Commercial Bank of Dubai.
“The ones who have qualified have enough time now to prepare themselves adequately for the finals and we wish all of them well so that they improve on their times and distances with regular practice,” he added.
Two weeks ago the qualifiers were held in the boy’s under-15 and under-17 with athletes from the Al Safa School and Our Own High School doing well to earn spots for the finals to be held next year.
The CBD Youth Athletics Championships is open to all students attending public or privately registered schools in Dubai with competitions held in various age categories in an attempt to discover talent at the grassroots level.
All these athletes who have qualified at the end of two stages now advance to the finals that are scheduled to be held at the Dubai Police Officers Club stadium on February 9, 2013.
The CBD Youth Athletics Championship is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council.
The mascot of the tournament is Maher, a Tmimah or desert cat and it was chosen due to its inspiring attributes of being fast, intelligent and agile - qualities which it shares with the athletes.