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Bronze feels like gold, says delighted Samba

The Qatari hurdler says he competed in the World Championships only because it was being held at home.
Qatar Abderrahman Samba Won Bronze 400m Hurdles
Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba won bronze in the 400M hurdles with an inspiring run at the Athletics World Championships in Doha. IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

It was the big stage. It was at home. He was just returning from injury. Could he do it? Well, Abderrahman Samba did it and with plenty of help from the cheering fans at the Khalifa International Stadium.

“The support was just amazing. I was returning from injury and I felt the pain. But when I entered the stadium and I saw the people and heard the cheers, I said to myself you have to do it man,” said Qatar’s 400M hurdler who won the bronze on Monday.

“This bronze medal is like a gold medal as I did not expect to win. I took part in the World Championships because it is being held at home. I am thankful to the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) for all the support I received,” said Samba.

It was obvious that the 24-year-old’s hamstring was sore again as he was seen limping at times during his victory lap but Samba said it was not serious.

“I’ll just take some time off and recover and be ready for the coming season,” he said.

Samba said he was looking forward to renewing the rivalry with Karsten Warholm and Rai Benjamin, the gold and silver medallists.

“I’m excited. The 400M hurdles is in a great place right now. It’s going to be a great season. The competition is intense and it’s really good for the sport,” added Samba.