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Atawneh clinches gold at Asian championship

Asian Youth Athletics Championship

By JT - May 22,2017 - Last updated at May 22,2017

AMMAN — Shareif Al Atawneh has stunned the Asian athletics scene by winning gold in the 3,000m at the Asian Youth Athletics Championship taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service.

The 17-year-old led the field home in a time of 8:35.49 minutes, smashing the previous Jordan record of 8:53 set by Ra’fat Al Zboun.

The win secures Atawneh a place at the World Youth Championships to be held in Kenya.

He will join teammate Alya Bushnaq at the Worlds after she qualified to the finals of the 100m and 400m races, but missed out on the top three places.

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