Michael Johnson to launch new performance centre in Dubai

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New venture in Middle East: Michael Johnson (left)

Former Olympic champion Michael Johnson has announced the launch of his new Michael Johnson Performance (MJP) centre that will open in Dubai later this year.

MJP Dubai will open its doors in October at Mina Rashid that will offer athletes and fitness enthusiasts to train in a world-class sports facility.

The 38,750 square feet facility located in the heart of Dubai will offer members the ultimate fitness experience with individual personal training sessions, group fitness classes, sports medicine and nutrition, and athletic development programs for young athletes, and high-performance training programmes for professional athletes, all under one roof.

Coupled with world-class trainers, MJP Dubai will provide a range of programmes for people of all ages to improve their fitness or athletic performance through a scientific and data driven approach.

Global trade enabler DP World and MJP Dubai are joint venture partners in the project,

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Johnson said: “I’m extremely pleased for this opportunity, to partner with a global organization like DP World. The MJP brand is also a global one and it’s exciting to see another significant expansion in our growth journey.

“The state-of-the-art facility in Dubai is the region’s first sports performance training and fitness center and it will enable every athlete to achieve their potential, regardless of age, gender, limitation, sport or natural ability.”

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Watch as Hima Das becomes first Indian athlete to win track gold at world stage

Sudhir Gupta 13/07/2018
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Hima Das won the women's 400m at the World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

India’s Hima Das created history on Thursday by becoming the first track athlete from the country to win gold medal at a world event.

Hima, 18, won the women’s 400m event at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere in Finland.

She clocked a time of 51.46 seconds in the final at the Ratina Stadium to become the first Indian track athlete to win gold in a world championship in any age group.

“I am very happy to win gold in the World Junior Championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support,” Hima said after the race.

Before her, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra had won gold in the 2016 edition of the event in Poland.

Watch the video of Hima’s historic win below. Video courtesy of Rahul Pawar and Athletics Federation of India.

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Dubai-based Andrew Clements heads to Spain for World Athletics Championships

Nick Watkins 10/07/2018
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High hopes: Andrew Clements is going for gold

While Gareth Southgate’s England team is making all the headlines in Russia, there’s another Brit looking to win a title on overseas soil.

Dubai-based athlete Andrew Clements will travel to Spain in September to compete over the 400m hurdles as part of the Great British team at the World Masters Athletics Championship in Malaga.

After missing the 2016-17 season Clements is currently in training six days a week and looking forward to competing on the Canadian and British circuits over the summer break, before heading to Spain in the first week of September for the World Championships. Talking exclusively to Sport360 he said, “I’m looking forward to competing and I think I’ve got a good chance of getting a medal. I’ll be running in Canada before heading back to the UK for a few races and then going to Malaga. I’m optimistic for a podium finish, with my 2013, 2014 and 2015 best times all quick enough to win every Masters World final ever run at the age 35-39 category.”

The Brit moved to Dubai in 2016 after a successful track and field career in the UK, which saw him compete in World and Olympic trails. “I ran for the British university team a few times and had Olympic trials. Competition in the UK is very strong and so I made the finals and got some medals on the domestic scene, as well as the Olympic trails but didn’t get any further,” he added.

The 35-year-old got involved in Ultimate Athletics at Dubai’s Sports City track thanks to his training partner and the DXBPE programme, a teacher’s initiative with workshops aimed at sharing sporting knowledge. “When I came out to Dubai a training partner was working with Ultimate Athletics and the track over at Sports City is where he trained and so I ended up going down to the race nights to get back into the swing of things.”

Clements has seen track and field in the region increase with competition from neighbouring emirates, “I’ve been in Dubai since 2016 I know for a fact that athletics is getting a lot better,” he said. “The race nights are well attended, especially when you combine the Abu Dhabi schools and the Dubai schools is great for improving the competition. Things are moving forward for sure. There isn’t much opportunity to so track and field running in the region, which is why Ultimate Athletics is getting more people interested.”

Both Andrew Clements and Ultimate Athletics are supported by New Balance. You can find out more at www.ultimateathleticsuae.com. Photography by Melissa Lear.

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