Nammour makes Lebanese debut

Nammour makes Lebanese debut

TARRAGONA, Spain – In his first race representing the Lebanese National Team, Belmont University's Nate Nammour finished 11th at the XVIIIth Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain on Wednesday morning.

Nammour, whose father was born in Lebanon and who holds dual citizenship in the United States and the small West Asia country, finished in 49.20 seconds. The race at Campclar Athletics Stadium was finished before most of the Belmont community was even awake for the day due to a seven-hour time difference. 

The top eight racers from Wednesday's two-heat semifinals advanced to the finals that will be held Thursday. There were 12 total entrants in the 400 meters hailing from eight different nations, which included Albania, Spain, France, Italy, Libya, Portugal and Turkey.

The Mediterranean Games are an Olympic-like gathering of nations from Europe, Asia and North Africa that occurs once every four years.

The 2017 Ohio Valley Conference 400-meter champion and an NCAA East Preliminary Championship qualifier, Nammour signed an agreement with the Lebanese Olympic Committee this spring that allows him to compete internationally for Lebanon when not running as a member of the Belmont track and field team.

In just his second track meet following the finalization of the international agreement, Nammour ran the 400 in 47.85 seconds to set the Lebanese national record in the event. He has since lowered that mark to 47.57, which is still shy of the Belmont-record 47.07 he posted last year prior to his signing with Lebanon.