Posted on July 17, 2018

Aspire Academy held a celebration on Tuesday morning to mark the latest achievement of one of their upcoming star athletes, 17-year-old Bassem Hemeida, currently in Grade 11. Hemeida won a silver medal in the Men’s 400m hurdles at the 2018 IAAF World Under-20 Championship in Finland, which concluded earlier this week.

Hemeida was welcomed by Aspire Academy’s officials, including Mr. Ivan Bravo, the Academy’s Director General, Prof. Tim Cable, Director of Sports Science at Aspire Academy, Mr. Lee Christopher, Multi Events Athletics Coach and Luke Gallagher, Senior Performance Analyst.

Aspire Academy’s Hemeida finished the race in 49.59s, a minute better than his previous best of 50.55, and only seconds behind winner Sokwakhana Zazini who bagged South Africa’s second-ever gold medal in the event after finishing the race in 49.42s. In addition to Bassem Hemeida, other student-athletes included Owaab Barrow and Jaber Hilal Al Mamari (110m hurdles and 4x100m relay races). They were joined by Aspire graduates Moaaz Mohamed Ibrahim (discus throw), Nuh Anuh (high jump), Soud Abdulaziz Al-Hudmaidi (discus throw), Khalil Bedoui (hammer throw) and Abdulaziz Mohammed Salem (200m and 400m races), who trains with the Qatar Athletics Federation programme.

Speaking from the sidelines, Mr. Ivan Bravo praised the performance showcased by Aspire Academy’s current and former student athletes during the competitions that featured international athletes representing more than 35 countries. Bravo also urged Bassem and his teammates to continue their hard work to achieve even greater results with Aspire Academy’s support.