Somalia’s Athletics Federation Chairwoman Khadijo Aden Dahir has been suspended for “abuse of power, nepotism, and defaming the name of the nation”, and would take legal action over the incident. has been suspended after an untrained runner went viral for taking nearly 22 seconds to complete the 100-metre sprint at an international competition.
Nasra Abukar Ali, who is 20 years old, came last at the World University Games in Chengdu, China on Tuesday, taking almost twice as long to finish as the winner, Brazil’s Gabriela Mourão.
Nasra Abukar falls so far behind the pack that she is out frame for most of the race and finishes in a skip across the finish line.
Nasra Abukar’s performance prompted ridicule and disbelief online, with some social media users holding it up as an example of the corruption and incompetence of the Somali government.
Her time of 21.81 seconds – more than 10 seconds behind the winning time of 11.58 seconds – has been widely described in international media as the “slowest-ever” time in the history of the 100m.