Omar Juma Al-Salfa

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Omar Juma Al-Salfa
Personal information
Born 15 October 1989 (1989-10-15) (age 27)

Omar Jouma Bilal 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.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4] At the 2008 Asian Junior Athletics Championships he took the gold in the 200 m.[5] 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.[2][6]

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.[2] 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.[7] 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.[8] He claimed the 200 m bronze medal behind Nigerian-born Femi Ogunode and Japan's Kenji Fujimitsu at the 2010 Asian Games.[9]

Major competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
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 (wind: -0.9 m/s)
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
3rd 4 × 100 m 40.15


  1. ^ Murali, Ram. Krishnan (2007-10-19). Vita Palamar dethrones Anna Chicherova – World Military Games, final day. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.
  2. ^ a b c Omar Juma Al-Salfa. Tilastopaja Oy. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.
  3. ^ 2008 Asian Indoor Championships – Day One. Qatar Athletic. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.
  4. ^ Gomri, Slim (2008-06-24). Arab Junior Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.
  5. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (200806-16). Koech completes double, China tops medal tally – Asian Junior champions final day. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.
  6. ^ Omar Al-Salfa. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.
  7. ^ With five wins, Japan halts Chinese momentum in Guangzhou – Asian champs, day 4. IAAF (2009-11-15). Retrieved on 2010-12-28.
  8. ^ IAAF Diamond League Doha 2010. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-28.
  9. ^ Ogunode and Fukushima complete doubles in Guangzhou – Asian Games, Day 5. IAAF (2010-11-26). Retrieved on 2010-12-28.

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