Biography

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BIOGRAPHY:

  • Christel Saneh, Lebanese Long Jumper
  • Born on June 11, 1994 in Zalka, Lebanon.
  • Height: 1.68m
  • Weight: 60kg
  • Current coach: Gaby Issa-El-Khoury, OLY 1984

When I was 7 years old, I jumped 1.90m in the Standing Long Jump at my school, Colleges des Freres Maristes Champville in Dik El Mehdi. My teacher was Arda Kalpakian, the first Lebanese-Armenian woman to participate at the Olympic Games in Athletics in Munich 1972.

Arda was amazed by the performance and decided that I should join the basketball team. I played basketball for 10 years but I decided at a certain point to put all my focus in Athletics. She somehow knew that I would choose athletics as a sports career. She is the reason why I started and I am so grateful for her continuous support.

In 2006, I met Elie Saade at the Lebanese Age Group Championship. He was about to start coaching Champville team. I was doing Long Jump and was so close to breaking the U14 record. Before my last attempt, he gave me some tips helping me break the record. I officially started training with him during Summer that year.

After 11 years of training with Elie, I decided to train with Gaby Issa-El-Khoury, who is the Indoor Long Jump record holder and who participated at the Olympic Games back in 1984 in Los Angeles. I first joined Let’s Run club before moving in 2019 to the Blue Stars club in which Gaby is the head coach.

My inspiration and idol in athletics is the World Heptathlon record holder, Jackie JOYNER-KERSEE, who was also a Long Jump champion. I live by the motto of “Having Fun Performing” which I took from her amazing quote:

“The medals don’t mean anything and the glory doesn’t last. It’s all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing.”

My Goal is to become the first Lebanese Woman to jump over 6 meters in  Long Jump. And for that I’m ready to but all the effort it takes to achieve it.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 3rd in 4x100m Relay at the Arab Championship – Cairo 2019
  • 1st in Long Jump at the West Asian Championship – Amman 2018
  • 2nd in 100m Hurdles at the West Asian Championship – Amman 2018
  • 2nd in 4x100m Relay at the West Asian Championship – Amman 2018
  • 3rd in 100m Hurdles at the 2nd U23 Mediterranean Championship – Tunis 2016
  • 3rd in Pentathlon at the 21st Fajr international competition – Tehran 2013
  • 1st in 4x100m Relay at the 2nd West Asian Seniors Championship – Dubai 2012
  • 2nd in Long Jump at the 2nd West Asian Seniors Championship – Dubai 2012
  • 3rd in Triple Jump at the 2nd West Asian Seniors Championship – Dubai 2012
  • 3rd in Long Jump at the 15th Arab Juniors Championship – Amman 2012
  • 1st in Long Jump at the 1st Youth West Asian Championship – Beyrouth 2011
  • 1st in Heptathlon at the 1st Youth West Asian Championship – Beyrouth 2011
  • 1st in 4x100m Relay at the 1st Youth West Asian Championship – Beyrouth 2011
  • 13th (Q) in Long Jump at the 7th World Youth Championship – Lille Metropole 2011
  • 3rd in 4x100m Relay at the 18th Arab School Championship – Beyrouth 2010
  • 2nd in 4x100m Relay at the 1st West Asian Seniors Championship – Aleppo 2010
  • 2nd in Long Jump at the 1st West Asian Seniors Championship – Aleppo 2010
  • 3rd in Triple Jump at the 1st West Asian Seniors Championship – Aleppo 2010
  • 3rd in Long Jump at the Arab Club Championship – Amman 2009
  • 3rd in Triple Jump at the Arab Club Championship – Amman 2009

 

LEBANESE RECORDS

OUTDOOR

Seniors (20+):

  • 100m Hurdles: 15.27 (1.7m/s) – Abidjan, Ivory Costs, on 25 Jul. 2017
  • Long Jump: 5:73m (0.3m/s) – Amman, Jordan, on 8 Jul. 2018

Juniors (18-19):

  • 100m Hurdles: 15.44 (-0.1m/s) – Jamhour on 20 Aug. 2013
  • Long Jump: 5:66m (-0.5m/s) – Jamhour on 27 Aug. 2013
  • Triple Jump: 11:58m (+0.3m/s) – Jamhour on 29 Aug. 2013

Youth (16-17):

  • 100m Hurdles (0.76): 15.81 (+1.3m/s) – Jamhour on 02 Jun. 2012
  • 100m Hurdles (0.84): 17.97 (+0.3m/s) – Qatar on 15 Dec. 2011
  • Long Jump: 5.43m (+0.2m/s) – Jamhour on 28 Jul. 2011
  • Javelin Throw (500g): 29.45m – Champville on 03 Jun. 2012
  • Javelin Throw  (600g): 31.96 – Qatar on 16 Dec. 2011
  • Heptathlon (Hurdles 0.76): 4103 pts – Jamhour and Champville on 02-03 Jun. 2012
  • Heptathlon (Hurdles 0.84): 3708 pts – Qatar on 15-16 Dec. 2011
  • 4x100m Relay : 52.04 – Sports City on 02 Aug. 2010
  • Medley Relay : 2:26.65 – Singapore on 23 May 2010

Midget (14-15):

  • Triple Jump: 10.81m – Sports City on 20 Jun. 2009

Bantam (12-13):

  • Long Jump: 5.05m – Jamhour on 21 Apr. 2007

INDOOR

Seniors (20+):

  • 60m Hurdles: 9.37 –  Doha, Qatar on 19 Feb. 2016
  • High Jump: 1.51m –  Hangzhou, China on 16 Feb. 2014
  • Long Jump: 5.66m – Istanbul, Turkey on 14 Jan. 2018
  • Shot Put: 8.66 –  Oslo, Norway on 11 Feb. 2017
  • Pentathlon: 3129 pts  –  Hangzhou, China on 16 Feb. 2014

Juniors (18-19):

  • 800m: 2:37.90 –  China on 16 Feb. 2014
  • 60m Hurdles: 9.39 –  China on 16 Feb. 2014
  • Long Jump: 5.33m – Teheran on 15 Feb. 2013
  • Shot Put: 8.43 –  China on 16 Feb. 2014
  • Pentathlon: 3129 pts  –  China on 16 Feb. 2014

 

PERSONNAL BEST PERFORMANCES:

INDOOR

  • 60m Hurdles: 9.37s
  • 800m: 2:37:90
  • High Jump: 1.51m
  • Long Jump: 5.66m
  • Shot Put: 8.66m
  • Pentathlon: 3129 pts

OUTDOOR

  • 60m : 7.95s
  • 100m : 12.69s
  • 200m: 26.76 (26.69 W)
  • 800m: 2:32.29
  • 100m Hurdles: 15.27
  • High Jump : 1.50m
  • Long Jump : 5.73m
  • Triple Jump: 11.58m
  • Shot Put: 9.19m (4kg)
  • Shot Put: 9.27 (3kg)
  • Javelin Throw : 31.96m (600g)
  • Javelin Throw: 29.45m (500g)
  • Discus Throw : 23.41m
  • Heptathlon youth (76cm-3kg-500g): 4103
  • Heptathlon youth (76cm-4kg-600g): 3565
  • Heptathlon: 4035 pts