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Zabihi of Kamloops bests older athletes to win gold, set record at youth track and field nationals

Kian Zabihi of the Kamloops Track and Field Club won gold and set the meet record in under-16 hammer throw at the Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships, which wrapped up on the weekend in Cape Breton, N.S.
Kian Zabihi
Kamloops Track and Field Club athlete Kian Zabihi.

Kian Zabihi of the Kamloops Track and Field Club won gold and set the meet record in under-16 hammer throw at the Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships, which wrapped up on the weekend in Cape Breton, N.S.

The 14-year-old Sa-Hali secondary student, competing against older athletes, launched the implement 67.21 metres on his fifth and final attempt, setting a mark that blew away his nearest opponent.

Team B.C. athlete Michael Ogbeiwi placed second with a throw of 61.50m.

Cole Bibby of the KTFC won gold in under-16 javelin with a throw of 54.94m.

The Revelstoke product finished well ahead of silver medallist Lucas Jacklin (47.79m).

Matt Arnold rounds out the group of KTFC medallists. The Revelstoke throws athlete placed third in under-18 hammer throw with a toss of 58.10m.

Elliott Payne threw 57.17m to place fourth in under-18 javelin.

Bibby, Arnold and Payne were competing for Team B.C.

Olympic bronze medallist Dylan Armstrong coaches the KTFC throws group.

The Zabihis' story

Kian and his family moved to Kamloops to train with Armstrong.

They have been dealing with some serious adversity.

Read about the Zabihis here.