Djibouti’s 2014 National Championships began in Ali Sabieh on April 10 and ran every Thursday through May 15.
For Ayaan, Hamda, and Nasteeho from Djibouti Town, the trip to Ali Sabieh provided their first-ever glimpse of an actual track.
“Don’t cross the white lines,” Cintia and Fathia instructed the girls. “Don’t go out of your lane.”
They had never used starting blocks before, had no idea how far it was around one loop of the track, knew nothing about pacing or pushing or racing strategy.
In the 100-meters both Hamda and Nasteeho advanced to the semis and Ayaan placed second in the 400-meters, also advancing to the semis.