UAE

Bekele: I can break world record in Dubai

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

The Ethiopian long-distance running legend, who recorded the second-fastest time over the 42.195km distance during his Berlin triumph last September, is aiming to better Dennis Kimetto's record of 2:02:57 - set back in 2014.

Bekele, 34, came close to breaking his Kenyan rival's historic run in the German capital, crossing the finish line just six seconds slower for a personal best, 2:03:03.

But the 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder, who also has three Olympic gold medals to his name, believes he can rewrite the history books in the UAE.

"Of course I am believing in myself, that I can break the world record in Dubai on Friday," he told Sport360. "My condition is good, I hope to break this record.
"My confidence is 100 per cent but of course you never know, anything can happen in a race and marathon running - in a race you have to be confident 100 per cent and believe in yourself.



"I believe it but this is a competition, I'm not competing alone, many athletes are out there too - weather, wind, temperature conditions, these may change your plan."




Most popular

Related Sections

UAE

#MyDubai sporting week: Are you on our list?

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

From football to fencing, kitesurfing to cricket – Dubai has plenty to offer sport and fitness fans.

Each week, we will be rounding up the best of the #MyDubai social media posts of the past seven to take a peek into the city’s sporting landscape.

This time around, we include highlights from the Hankook 24h race and Wadi Adventure Race, as well as a host of great fitness pics. Here are some of the past week’s highlights.

Did you make it on to our list? Let us know by commenting below, using #360fans on Twitter and Instagram, or getting in touch via Facebook.

THE RIDE OF THEIR LIVES:

LEAP OF FAITH:

SHOWING US THE ROPES:

WALK THE PLANK:

So grateful to be living out my dreams in @mydubai #MyDubai

A photo posted by FOOD FITNESS LIFESTLYE (@dubaifitfoodie) on

OASIS IN THE DESERT:

PARKOUR TWINS:

MIXED MARTIAL ART:

CLIMBING WORKOUT:

ROADSIDE YOGA:

ENTER THE DRAGON: 

BOXING CLEVER:

WORTH THE WEIGHT:

PADDLE WITH A VIEW:

Winter be like... #january

A photo posted by @samikayyali on

PALM EXPLORING:

Kayaking around the palm 😃 #Dubai #mydubai #outdoors #kayaking #outdoorlife #fitness @outdoorwomen

A video posted by Dina Mohammad (@dinamohammad) on

GRAPPLE TIME:

ON A SHORT LEASH:

#hcfit #gym #functionaltraining #performance #workout #fitness #dubai #mydubai

A video posted by Hüseyin Cözmez (@hueseyincoezmez) on

SITTING TIGHT:

THIS MEANS WAR:

BURNING RUBBER:

TEAMWORK:

SEEING DOUBLE:

THIS IS HORSEPLAY:

Most popular

Related Sections

UAE

RAKTDA joins hands with The Football Academy

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
The football academy is part of RAK's development drive.

Supporting TFA’s mission to identify local football talent and further develop players to the highest possible level, RAKTDA has become the youth team’s jersey sponsor and will support the squad through various initiatives throughout the year.

To celebrate the launch of the partnership, RAKTDA hosted 24 players and two Italian coaches from Capri F.C. for a January Training Camp in Ras Al Khaimah.

The weekend saw the under 18-year-old team undergoing four training sessions at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa, led by Capri’s Technical Director, Fabio Gozzi, and Alessandro Pasquail, who is also the former assistant director of the Syrian national team.

The two days concluded with a competitive match against Emirates Club, at the UAE side’s home stadium in RAK.

Preparing well: Football in RAK.

Haitham Mattar, CEO, RAKTDA, said: “Youth development and education is a key priority for His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi’s vision for Ras Al Khaimah’s progressive strategy and is an area that RAKTDA is committed to supporting through various engagement activities. Our sponsorship of The Football Academy underlines our commitment to supporting the ambitions of the UAE’s youth, as well as highlighting the state-of-the-art sporting facilities available in Ras Al Khaimah.”

RAKTDA’s Destination 2019 Tourism Strategy, launched in early 2016, encompasses a three-dimension approach to promoting Ras Al Khaimah beyond the traditional sun and sand leisure market.

As part of its strategy, RAKTDA is developing and hosting a range of sporting activities and events across the emirate to attract active adventurers.

A key feature of these developments has been the recent opening of the Via Ferrata on Jebel Jais, the region’s first commercial Via Feratta, and the successful hosting of the inaugural Ras Al Khaimah Golf Challenge 2016, the penultimate competition in the European Challenge Tour.

Most popular

Related Tags

Related Sections