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Gaza runner Nader el Masri sets sights on 2012


Thu 01 Mar 12: Nader el Masri has won the Gaza marathon for the second year in a row.

Children running part of the Gaza marathon
Some 2,200 school children ran in relay in the second-ever Gaza marathon

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa), which organised the event, said it aimed to highlight the ongoing "humanitarian crisis" in Gaza.

"I'm very happy," Nader said after winning the race from Beit Hanoun to Rafah. "I think we have sent a message that we hope will reach the world."


Tue 20 Dec 11: Nader el Masri finished seventh in the 5,000m at the Arab Games. His time of 14 mins 33.49 secs is not quick enough to meet the Olympic qualification standard of 13 mins 27 secs.

Mon 19 Dec 11: Gaza's fastest man has left the Strip to attend the Arab Games in Qatar.


Gaza's Olympic hopeful Nader el Masri

Nader is hoping to qualify for the London Olympics by running the 5,000m in less than 13 mins 27 secs.

"If this happens I will be the first Palestinian athlete to gain a qualifying time. This will be a big achievement," he said.

Thu 05 May 11: Nader has won the first-ever Gaza marathon.


Nader el Masri wins first-ever Gaza marathon

"I am very happy. This is the first time that there is a marathon in our homeland, we hope to hold it every year in order to support the summer games, to support the Palestinian children and end the siege (on Gaza)," he said after winning.

Fri 21 Jan 11: The National Olympic Committees of Israel and Palestine have met for the first time in Lausanne.

The free movement of Palestinian athletes, like Nader el Masri, was discussed and Israeli representatives agreed to offer training opportunities to Palestine. Read more at Inside the Games.


Sun 21 Nov 10: Nader has set a personal best at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Nader completed the 5,000m course in 14 mins 25.04 secs to finish 12th.

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