Omar Juma Al-Salfa
|Born||15 October 1989 (age 24)|
Omar Jouma Al-Salfa, Arabic: عمر جمعة بلال السالفة, (born 15 October 1989) is a track and field athlete from the United Arab Emirates who competes in sprinting events. He was a gold medallist at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships and represented his country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
He made his first appearances at major competitions in 2007: he took the bronze medal over 200 metres at the Military World Games in October and then came fourth at the Pan Arab Games with a national record-breaking run of 20.94 seconds. He turned to the indoor circuit at the start of the following season and came fourth at the 2008 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships with a national record of 6.81 seconds for the 60 metres. He was selected for the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships and ran in the heats.
Outdoors he set a national junior record of 10.53 seconds to take the 100 metres title at that year's Arab Junior Championships that, and also went on to win the 200 m gold medal. At the 2008 Asian Junior Athletics Championships he took the gold in the 200 m. He reached the 200 m final at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics and gained a place on the Olympic team for the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he competed in the heats stage of the event.
He improved his 200 m record to 20.72 seconds with a win at the Gulf Championships in May 2009. He competed at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and reached the quarter-finals on his debut appearance at the competition. A fourth place finish over 60 m at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games (with a personal best of 6.72 seconds) was followed by a bronze medal with the Emirati team in the 4×400 metres relay. Al-Salfa won his first major senior title at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships, just dipping ahead of Shinji Takahira of Japan to win the Asian 200 m title. In 2010 he made his first appearance on the IAAF Diamond League circuit running a wind-assisted 10.35 seconds in the 100 m at the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in Doha. He claimed the 200 m bronze medal behind Nigerian-born Femi Ogunode and Japan's Kenji Fujimitsu at the 2010 Asian Games.
Major competition record
|Representing United Arab Emirates|
|2007||Pan Arab Games||Cairo, Egypt||4th||200 m||20.94 (NR)|
|2008||Asian Indoor Championships||Doha, Qatar||4th||60 m||6.81|
|World Indoor Championships||Valencia, Spain||28th (h)||60 m||6.88|
|World Junior Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||7th||200 m||21.10|
|Olympic Games||Beijing, China||40th (h)||200 m||21.00|
|2009||Asian Indoor Games||Hanoi, Vietnam||4th||60 m||6.72 (NR)|
|World Championships||Berlin, Germany||25th (qf)||200 m||20.97|
|Asian Championships||Guangzhou, China||1st||200 m||21.07|
|2010||Asian Games||Guangzhou, China||3rd||200 m||20.83|
|2011||Asian Championships||Kobe, Jpan||3rd||200 m||20.97|
|World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||48th (h)||200 m||21.45|
|Pan Arab Games||Doha, Qatar||5th||100 m||21.59|
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