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February 20, 2016

Li Ling Improves Asian Pole Vault Record to 4.70m- Day 1 Asian Indoors

in 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships by AAA
Li Ling Improves Asian Pole Vault Record to 4.70m Another of the evening’s standout performances came in the women’s pole vault where it was China’s Li Ling who dominated. After winning the competition at 4.40m, she added first attempt clearances at 4.50m,… Read More
Feb 19, 2016 4118

Day 2 Preview - 7th Asian Indoor Championships

2016-02-19 - Day 2 Preview - 7th Asian Indoor Championships Seven titles will be up for grabs on day two of the 7th Asian Indoor Championships on Saturday (20 Feb) with Olympic triple jump champion Olga Rypakova commanding much of the spotlight. The… Read More
Feb 18, 2016 3622

Doha to stage best ever Asian Indoor Athletics Championship says Dahlan Al-Hamad

Feb 18, 2016 – Doha. Speaking to a large gathering of journalists on the eve of the 7th AAA Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and Qatar Athletics Federation President Major General Dahlan Al Hamad didn't mince words about… Read More
Feb 17, 2016 2886

84th Asian Athletics Association Council Meeting Doha

Asian Athletics Association Council Meeting begins – IAAF President Lord Coe, QOC Secretary General Dr. Al Kuwari and AAA President Al Hamad officially opened the two-day meeting Doha, 17 Feb 2016 - International Association of Athletics Federations President… Read More
Feb 10, 2016 3780

Olympic gold medallist Olga Rypakova and World Indoors champion Mutaz Barshim lead Asian Indoor Championships’ stellar line-up 

Doha, 10 Feb 2016 - The reigning triple jump Olympic champion, a 2014 World Indoors gold medallist and the winners of 14 disciplines from the previous edition of the Asian Athletics Association’s flagship indoor competition, may be found among the list of 432… Read More
Feb 03, 2016 2454

Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla eyes Asian Indoors glory and record

Doha, 3 Feb 2016 - 2015 had been outstanding for Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla, but it seems that the best is yet to come for the 26-year-old Qatari middle-distance runner. The 800m reigning Asian indoor and outdoor champion has high hopes for 2016, starting from… Read More
Jan 19, 2016 3693

Records are expected to tumble in Doha’s 2016 Asian Indoor Championships

Doha, 19.01.2016 - With exactly one month remaining until the multi-event athletes will set foot in Doha’s magnificent Aspire Dome arena for the Women’s Pentathlon 60m Hurdles heats, to commence the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships action, quite a lot… Read More
Dec 21, 2015 2723

Qatar pledges to organise a memorable sporting event at the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships

Mutaz Barshim to lead Qatar team’s quest to thrive Doha 21.12.2015 - Qatar vigorously prepares to dynamically enter the 2016 athletics season with yet another prestigious international event, the 7th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, staged on its soil,… Read More

Doha, 3 Feb 2016 - 2015 had been outstanding for Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla, but it seems that the best is yet to come for the 26-year-old Qatari middle-distance runner. The 800m reigning Asian indoor and outdoor champion has high hopes for 2016, starting from the Asian Indoor Championships which is due to take place in Doha from February 19 to 21 in Aspire Dome.

“It is true that 2015 was exceptional for me, nevertheless I am not only hoping to keep up the same pace in 2016, but achieve even better results. The first challenge lying ahead is the Asian Indoor Championships, a very special competition for all members of the Qatari team, since it is being held on home turf” says Balla a 2015 two-lap World Outdoor Championships finallist.

Balla is one of the most recognisable figures in Qatar athletics and as a distinct member of the nation’s Asian Championships squad he will certainly be backed not only by his family and friends, but by all local fans in the Aspire Dome arena, a support that will surely provide him with extra motivation to claim first place in the 800m final.

“Competing in Aspire’s beautiful track with my closest people by my side means a lot to me and makes me want to push myself harder to live up to their expectations and succeed in front of the home crowd.  I want to make them all proud, especially our federation who is taking care of all our needs and offer us unlimited support. 

“This year we may boast of having a fantastic team which can push Qatar become Asia’s best nation once more and repeat the 2014 feat. I truly believe that this team has more potential to top the medal table and can count on the experience we all have gained by competing at international events in recent years.”  

Winning in Doha is not Balla’s ultimate target for the indoor season. After narrowly missed the Asian indoor record last year when he was clocked 1:45.48 in Stockholm, the world’s top mark indoors, he has now set sights on eclipsing Yusuf Saad Kamel’s 1:45.26, the fastest 800m run by an Asian.

“I want to break that record desperately. I came so close to beating it last season and I feel my time has come to become Asia’s number one at last. I just need the right race and an ideal pace.”

To make it so, Balla has worked on new race tactics and training regimes which he aims will assist him show an even more competitive spirit ahead of a quite challenging year which will be culminated with the XXXI Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

“As I said before, I hope 2016 will prove to be a great year for me. This season is extremely important mostly because of the Olympics. The progress I made in 2015 was outstanding, but I needed to make more changes in my training and find the race tactic that suits me the most in order to go one step beyond”, deems Balla whose personal best (and national record) outdoors is 1:43.82 set last July in Barcelona, in one of his career’s only two sub-1:44 runs. 

 

RECORDS BALLA TARGETS TO BEAT INDOORS

Area: 1:45.26 by Yusuf Saad Kamel (Bahrain) set on 9 Mar 2008 in Valencia

Asian Indoor Champs: 1:47.37 by Mohammad Al-Azemi (Kuwait) set on 19 Feb 2012 in Hangzhou

National: 1:45.48 by Musaeb Abdulrahman Balla set on 19 Feb 2015 in Stockholm

 

BALLA’S ASIAN INDOOR CHAMPS HONOURS

2008 3rd 3:17.93 (4x400m)

2010 2nd 1:54.25 (800m)

2014 1st 1:50.27 (800m)