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Samba’s ‘silver lining’ in Monaco after return from injury

Qatar’s rising star Abderrahman Samba finishes second in the 400M at Monaco Diamond League
Abderrahman Samba

Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba, who recently qualified for the 400M hurdles of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, returned from injury to finish second in the 400M flat race at the Monaco Diamond League meeting.

The 23-year-old, who many pundits feel could dominate the sport for many years to come, finished in 45seconds. The Bahamas’ Steven Gardiner won the title in 44.51sec while the USA’s Nathan Strother finished third in 45.54.

Samba, who had suffered an injury earlier in the season, was elated. “I’m so happy with that,” he gushed. “I’m just back from injury. I missed a few weeks, but it’s all good now. I felt like I got my rhythm back,” added the Asian Games 400M hurdles gold medallist, who is also the continental champion.

The race witnessed a bit of drama when athletes in three outside lanes – Italy’s Davide Re, Barbados’s Jonathan Jones and Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano – failed to hear the recall gun and covered some distance, before coming to a halt.

Re went past the 100M mark and Zambrano covered almost 200M before realising their mistakes. Jones went ahead further, oblivious to the happenings around him.

While Zambrano and Jones called it a day, Re started again, eventually to finish sixth.