Sprinter Mazoon chases break personal best in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Oman’s fastest woman sprinter, Mazoon al Alawi, is confident to deliver a solid display in her second successive Olympics appearance as she will represent the Sultanate in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in women’s 100m race on Friday. The 23 years old assigned to heats three beside to SCICLUNA Carla (MLT), BA Houleye (MTN), CONTE Aissata Deen (GUI), BARAKAT Hanna (PLE), SIMWAKA Asimenye (MAW), STANLEY Matie (TUV), TEHUPEIORY Alvin (INA), AL ALAWI Mazoon (OMA) and LLOYD Joella (ANT). The race will start early morning at 4:14 am Oman time (9:14 am Japan time). The Sultanate’s other Olympian sprinter, Barkat al Harthy, will be in action on Saturday for men’s 100m race.
The 23 years old was the fifth athlete opted for the Sultanate squad after meeting all the requirements to attend in the top sporting event beside the top efforts has been taken by Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) officials to confirm an attendance of the a woman athlete in this edition of the Summer Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020.
Despite the Covid impact on her training preparatory program, Mazoon is set for the competitions among her groups in heats three. She was with sprinter Barakat in Turkey camp which started mid of March until June. Turkey camp followed by a participation in the Arabian Athletics Championship in last June and earlier of July. She had registered her best domestic record of 11.84s in the 100m race at an Open athletics meet in Turkey last April during the overseas camp of Barkat and Mazoon alongside with the national coach Mohammed al Hooti.
Al Alawi, who hails from Sur, will be looking for a different show and advancing to the forthcoming rounds. She had managed to move into next round in Rio Olympics. She will chase to repeat better than her performance in the last Olympics and reach to the advanced rounds.
The promising sprinter Mazoon had represented the Sultanate in many athletics meet and championships as she took place in many editions of the GCC Women’s Games, 2014 Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea, 2016Asian Indoor Championships in Nanjing, 2017Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku and IAAF World Indoor Championships 2018.
Break personal best”
Speaking ahead of her race, sprinter Mazoon said that she is proud to be among the Sultanate’s athletes in this showpiece event for second consecutive time. “ I am looking to break my personal best record in this Olympics and I hope high this participation will be better than my previous attendance in Rio Olympics 2016. Despite all difficulty in our preparatory program, I aim to deliver top show that will reflect development of Oman’s athletics,” she concluded.
Target on records
The national head coach of Athletics team, Mohammed al Hooti, affirmed that both sprinters Barakat and Mazoon will target to register new records for the Sultanate in this prestigious sporting event. “ We know the toughness of the competition and lack of proper preparation of the athletes but I am confident both of the Sultanate’s representatives in Tokyo 2020 Olympics will register the desired records,” he added.
Commenting on the long overseas camo in Turkey, al hooti said:” Antalia camp in Turkey was a good preparatory destination for the national runners. Beside that, both sprinters had participated in Tunisia at Arabian Athletics Championship and it was essential to enter them into the mood of the actual and official competitions after long break due to the Covid situation. I hope the last few months preparatory assist our runners and shape their readiness for this globe assignment,” he ended.
Oman’s star weightlifter, Amur al Khanjari, is all set to his debut in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 21 years old will begin his challenge in the 81 kg Group B event on Saturday at the Tokyo International Forum.