Somali sprinter’s ‘embarrassing’ 22 second 100m draws government apology

Somali sprinter’s ‘embarrassing’ 22 second 100m draws government apology

A Somali sprinter’s ’embarrassing’ 22-second 100m run has drawn a government apology after her performance sparked an online backlash.

Nasra Abubakar Ali’s showing at a university games competition in the Chinese city of Chengdu saw her finish some 10 seconds behind the race’s winner, who recorded a time of 11.58 seconds.

Footage of the race showed Ms Abubakar Ali being left behind by competitors almost as soon as the starting gun was fired.

Within six seconds, she was trailing to such an extent that she disappeared from the camera frame as the other athletes – led by a Brazilian contestant – sprinted towards the finish line.

As the competitors caught their breath, Ms Abubakar Ali appeared to jog the final few metres, before giving a cheerful skip as she crossed the line after 21.81 seconds.

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48 Responses

  1. Tony Coleman says:

    The skip across the finish line was the icing on the cake 😂😂

  2. Dax_Megathor says:

    i actually love the idea of putting an average person in these races to show how fast the athletes are

  3. MTG - The Hive says:

    The second to last place finisher is probably the only person not upset about Somali participation.

  4. Steven Carr says:

    My personal best for the 100m is 84.2 metres.

  5. S Salad says:

    As a Somali origin, I feel so embarrassed for her and for the nation. I heard she was selected by a family member who is her aunt and is the minister of sports. This is what corruption can do to a nation. If one thing we are good is running. Be kind to us world we have great examples such Mo Farah and Abdi Bille who are both Somali and won Olympics gold etc. 😀

    • DERYA PHILLIPS says:

      You’d think the girl would have said “no”. I was at least expecting to see somebody that wasn’t significantly overweight. Maybe it was a publicity stunt to show Somalis aren’t always skinny !

    • This is my family says:

      Even though if she practiced maybe she can be little bit more sorry for her and her country 😢😢

    • dpw181 says:

      Yes, since this story I remind people of Abde Bile so they don’t think Somalia is all runners like this woman.

    • Seems says:

      as a somali i’m not embarrassed at all i am laughing at all the funny comments

    • Shawn Snow says:

      I think it’s pretty boss.

  6. Rinato says:

    She is a world record holder now.

  7. Jon Cooke says:

    I absolutely love the Somali “runner”‘s little skip across the finish line at the end. Gold.

  8. Derek Coen says:

    She slowed down at the end and looked comfortable. I reckon she can beat 20 Seconds in her next race

  9. Concerned Cit says:

    She had the jovial skip at the end like “that was fun” 😊😂

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