The embarrassing performance of a Somali athlete during the women’s 100-meter race at the World University Games in Chengdu, China, even prompted a public apology from the African country’s sports minister!
Well….It takes really a terrible athletic performance to warrant accusations of “defaming the name of a nation in the international arena,” but the run of Nasra Abukar Ali during the women’s 100-meter race early this month, August 2023, has been dubbed as the slowest in an official tournament.
In a clip that went viral on social media, the untrained 20-year-old Nasra Abukar Ali was not even in the frame as the rest of the runners crossed the line.
In fact, she crossed the finish line in 21.81 seconds, more than 8 seconds slower than the second-last runner, and more than 10 seconds behind the winner, who clocked 11.58 seconds.
“It’s disheartening to witness such an incompetent government. How could they select an untrained girl to represent Somalia in running?” one Somalian woman wrote. “It’s truly shocking and reflects poorly on our country internationally.”
The shockingly-slow performance has sparked outrage in the African country and prompted an apology from the sports minister himself.
Khadijo Aden Dahir, the chairwoman of the Somali Athletics Federation, has been suspended following accusations of abuse of power and nepotism.
However, no direct link was made between the two.
Moreover, and interestingly, Somalia’s university union said it had not sent any runners to China as part of an official Somali team, so it’s unclear how Nasra Abukar Ali, who clearly has no experience in running, wound up being selected.
After jogging on the track, way behind the other runners, the 20-year-old can be seen doing a little skip across the finish line, which was considered humorous by most, but aggravating by many Somalians.
Either way, sometimes negative records count too, and if you can’t run the fastest 100-meter race ever, Nasra was able to run the slowest! A good job…