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Shamoon - a competitive career in athletics

30 August 2022, MVT 09:35
[File] Athleate Hassan Shamoon
30 August 2022, MVT 09:35

Hassan Shamoon’s athletics career in throwing began at the young age of 15. He is proudly counting his 20th year as an athlete of the national team.

His winning career of 20 years in athletics is proudly justified by the 29 medals he has received. 16 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 1 bronze medal making up his career showcase. The bronze medal was received after competing in the Association Cup in Javelin throwing. Two young competitors, Suzain Mohamed and Maahil Mohamed, who placed first and second, beat him.

However, he won gold medals in the shot put and discus throw, setting a new record in the latter with a throw of 29.22 meters. His distance in the shot put category was 10.20 meters.

Few athletes have ever been able to maintain a stellar record for so long in their respective careers.

Shammon commented, "I am humbled to be at this level in athletics even after 20 years." At the age of 16, in 2002, he won his first gold medals in the shot put and the discus throw.

He is also pleased to see the rise of so many outstanding athletes. He believed that these young athletes could compete at the international level with more training.

The athlete who works in Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) was set to retire two years ago but continued with his career. However, currently at 36 years of age, he feels his time to retire is coming. This year could be his last to compete in the national tournament.

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