Timas Harik is an 800m runner with a remarkable life story.
James Demetriou circulated a text message which was justifiably triumphant: ”This is a great day for multiculturalism and for our Sports Without Borders supporters.” It was a great day for many others, too, not least St Kevin’s College, and veteran athletics coach Peter Kehoe. But most of all it was a great day for Timas Harik, whose status as a rising star of Australian athletics swelled a little further after he won both the under-17 800 metres and 1500 metres at the Australian underage championships in Sydney. Timas’ story is captivating and will be told and retold.
Born in Sudan, he was separated from his family aged just four when they fled conflict in the Nuba region. Timas remembers a train ride from Khartoum to the River Nile, people huddled under seats for safety, then a boat trip to Egypt, and four years in a refugee camp. And eventually, aged eight, a flight to Melbourne, where he was reunited with his family. As Demetriou notes, ”This is a very hard story.”
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Awards, Honours & Achievements
2016, Jan 9: Melbourne F1 Race – Gold (1:53.62)
2016, Jan 19: VMC Meet, Melbourne – 3rd (1:51.70)
2016, Jan 30: Hunter Track Classic, Glendale – 9th (1:53.79)
2016, Feb 6: Melbourne Shield Final – Silver (1:53.91)
2015, Feb 7: Personal Best, Canberra – 800m (1:47.45)
2014, Mar 8: Personal Best, Melbourne – 400m (49.10)
2011, Mar 14: Personal Best, Sydney – 1500m (3:58.78)
Last updated 9/09/2020