Brunei Star Athlete?

I was trawling the news looking for Brunei news. One photograph from Associated Press (AP) popped up. This photograph had this writeup

"Brunei's Yusuf Saad Kamel celebrates winning the gold medal ahead of Ethiopia's Deresse Mekonnen, right, in the final of the Men's 1500m during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)"

Wow! I didn't hear anything about this. We are pretty good at highlighting this but for sure I didn't hear or see this on RTB. A quick check of who Yusuf Saad Kamel is - he is a Kenyan but now he is running for Bahrain. Of course, there was this possiblity that he no longer runs for Bahrain ut now runs for us here in Brunei. Nope...

Welll, for Bahrain and Brunei, the first letter is B and many people assumed Brunei is also part of the Middle East, so I guessed that's why the mistake happen. But I am surprised it happened for AP, they are the newsworthy news agency. The mistake should not have happpened.

We didn't win that gold medal. Neither did any Bruneian took part. Because another one of 'our' ahtletes won according to AP:-

Brunei's Maryam Yusuf Jamal, center, Britain's Lisa Dobriskey, left, and United States Shannon Rowbury, right, pose during the medal ceremony for the Women's 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009. Jamal won gold, Dobriskey silver and Rowbury silver. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

There are many photos of these 'Brunei' ahtletes posted by AP.


Anonymous said…
At least I can dream about it....can't I? Sigh.......Dream on!:-))

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