Former long jumper champion dies at 66
January 17, 2023 - 17:30
Written By: SafaAlharathy
The Libyan sports community has mourned former long jumper champion Abdulsalam Muhammad al-Bashti, who died at the age of 66 in his hometown of Zawiya, west of Tripoli, on Monday.
Al-Bashti is best remembered as the first Arab athlete to clear a stunning 8.03m at a competition in Greece in May 1985.
He had reportedly fought the contest while he was fasting.
The former athlete was a winner of medals at several international championships.
In 1985 he clutched the gold medal when he flew out to a 7.67m leap at the Arab Games in Morocco.
The Libyan Olympic Committee extended its condolences to the family of Al-Bishti, who died after a severe stroke he suffered recently.