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Sudanese refugee Anas Abu Ganaba ready to fire at Youth Olympics

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Blacktown's Anas Abu Ganaba on fire at All schools Athletics Championships

by Peter Theodosiou
Blacktown Advocate
16 Jan 2013

Sprinter Anas Abu Ganaba aims to compete in the 2016
Olympics but could find success at the Youth Olympics
this week. Picture: CARMELA ROCHE

CHECK out Blacktown's Anas Abu Ganaba if you wondered what the difference was between Australia's best sprinters and the rest of the world.

His gold-medal winning time of 22.07 secs in the under-18 200m race at the All schools Athletics Championships was only 2.75 seconds slower than Usain Bolt's run at the London Olympics in August.

Ganaba, 16, also won a silver medal in the 100m race in a time of 10.91 secs (0.07 secs behind the winner).

He will aim to shave more time when he competes in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival at Sydney Olympic Park, starting today.

The Patrician Brothers' College, Blacktown, student was undefeated over 200m in all competitions last year with regional and state honours under his belt.

Ganaba left war-torn Sudan at the age of four to follow his dream of becoming a competitive sprinter.

"I have always wanted to be a good sprinter," he said.

"My coaches have helped me a lot. I want to go to the Olympics."

Teacher Heath Borg said Anas still had some growing to do.

"His achievements were extraordinary as he has only been training for six months," Borg said.

Like many sprinters his age, Anas hopes to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

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