WORLD champion Rose Chelimo and 11 Asian champions are part of the 19-member Bahrain team competing in the IAAF World Athletics Championships beginning tomorrow in Doha.
It will be the 17th edition of this biennial meeting under the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Bahrain is one of 209 IAAF member federations competing.
The national squad was confirmed by the Bahrain Athletics Association (BAA) yesterday.
The team will be spearheaded by reigning women’s marathon world champion Rose and champion sprinter Salwa Eid Naser.
Rose will be defending the world title she won at the previous global showcase held in 2017 in London. She was also the gold-medallist at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year.
Salwa, meanwhile, is one of the favourites to challenge for the women’s 400 metres world title. Salwa was the silver-medallist two years ago and also a triple gold-medallist in Jakarta.
In April this year at the Asian Athletics Championships, also held at the Qatari capital, Salwa won four gold medals.
Others hoping to add to their Asian championship successes at the world championships are long-distance specialists Winfred Yavi and Shitaye Eshete, as well as sprinters Aminat Yusuf Jamal and Iman Essa Jassim among women and men’s Asian champions Abraham Rotich, Birhanu Balew, Dawit Fikadu, John Koech, Moussa Issa and Abbas Abubaker.
The remainder of Bahrain squad includes Tigist Gashaw, Desi Jisa Mokonin and Noora Salem Jasim on the women’s side and Albert Rop, Hassan Chani, Benson Seurei and El Hassan El Abbassi in the men’s section.
A team of BAA officials are already in Doha to make the final preparations for the championships. BAA secretary-general Yousef Ahmed, board member Mohammed Abdulaziz and finance secretary Bader Nasser will also be attending the 52nd IAAF Congress.
Bahrain have won a total of 10 medals in past editions of the IAAF World Championships - six gold , two silver and two bronze.