Abraham Guem clinches silver medal in Japan’s athletics championship

Abraham Guem clinches silver medal in Japan’s athletics championship
South Sudanese athlete, Abraham Majok Matet Guem. [courtesy photo]

Abraham Majok Guem won a silver medal after finishing second in the 1,500-metre race in Japan’s Athletics Championship on Sunday morning.

Guem finished second and set a personal best (PB) with a time of 3:39.35, falling short of the winner’s 3:36.55.

Despite competing in numerous international and regional sporting events, the South Sudanese International Guem has never held such a record.

He has broken his own records. Guem’s last best recorded time was 3:42.99 in 2021’s Tokyo.

“We shall make our country number one in the world one day, not far from now. Wait for the next Olympics in 2024. We are building slowly-slowly but steady, “Athlete Guem expressed his excitement on his Facebook account after the race.

He predicted that as South Sudanese sports gain popularity, their supporters will one day pride in glory. 

Guem currently resides in Tokyo and runs two laps with Sharks Ami Ac.

The South Sudan Athletics Federation (SSAF) congratulated the athlete for his silver medal achievement.

“Congratulations to our athlete Abraham Guem, who won the silver medal this morning (Sunday) in the Japan Athletics Championship, mostly for improving on his performance record of 3:39.35,’’ the federation noted on its Facebook page.

The Japan Championships in Athletics is an annual outdoor track and field competition, organised by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations.

The competition is also for the qualifying trial for the Japanese national team in international competitions.