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Abdul Buhari

Abdul Buhari
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1982-06-02) 2 June 1982
Nigeria
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Weight 125 kg (276 lb)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Discus throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 65.44 m

Abdul Buhari (born 26 June 1982) is a British athlete who competes in the discus throw. He was born in Nigeria.[1]

Education

Buhari was educated at two state schools in London: at Millbank Primary School, a state primary school in the London Borough of the City of Westminster, and the London Nautical School, a selective boys' state secondary school in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Athletics career

Buhari is a member of the Newham and Essex Beagles club and is coached by Mark Wiseman.[1] He works two days a week in the City of London, in operations support for investment bank Credit Suisse and spends the rest of the week training in Loughborough.[2]

Buhari missed the 2010 Commonwealth Games due to injury.[3] In 2011 he set a new personal best distance of 65.44 metres (214.7 ft). He won the UK Trials and Championships with a throw of 63.32 metres (207.7 ft), qualifying for the 2011 World Championships, held in Daegu, South Korea in the process.[4] At the Championships he had a best throw of 60.21 metres (197.5 ft) in the qualifying round, finishing 30th out of the competing athletes and failing to advance to the final.[5]

Buhari represented Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, but failed to reach the discus final.[6] At the 2012 GB Olympic Athletics Trials on 24 June in Birmingham, Buhari finished third with a best throw of 60.93 metres (199.9 ft); Lawrence Okoye won the event with a throw of 63.43 metres (208.1 ft), securing automatic selection for the 2012 Olympics, and Brett Morse finished second with a best of 62.27 metres (204.3 ft).[7] In July 2012 he achieved the Olympic 'A' qualifying standard with a throw of 65.24 metres (214.0 ft) at a meeting in Barnet, London.[8]

Buhari was selected to compete for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's discus alongside compatriots Lawrence Okoye and Brett Morse.[9] The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 6-7 August and Buhari finished in 29th, missing out on the final.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ a b "Abdul Buhari: Team GB". British Olympic Association. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Creighton, Jessica (18 June 2012). "London 2012: Abdul Buhari combines banking with discus". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Halford, Paul (11 August 2011). "Buhari aims to make impact in Daegu". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Mulkeen, John (13 July 2011). "Buhari wins competitive discus final, Shakes-Drayton secures double, Bosworth breaks walks record". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Gough, Martin (29 August 2011). "World Athletics 2011: Ennis leads heptathlon after opening day". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Robbie Grabarz and Rhys Williams win European gold". BBC Sport. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "GB Olympic Athletics Trials - as it happened". BBC Sport. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Carl Myerscough makes ferry dash for Olympic qualification bid". BBC Sport. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "London 2012: Dwain Chambers picked for GB athletics squad". BBC Sport. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Men's Discus Throw". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.olympic.org/olympic-results/london-2012/athletics/discus-throw-m
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