NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It's official. Belmont sprinter Nate Nammour is a national record holder.
The International Olympic Committee recently verified and ratified the 400-meter time Nammour ran last spring, officially recognizing his 47.57 as the Lebanese national record. Nammour, a rising senior on the Bruins' track and field team, signed an agreement with the Lebanese Olympic Committee the month before that made him eligible for national records in Lebanon.
Nammour, whose father Elias was born in Lebanon and who holds dual citizenship in the small Western Asia country and the United States, broke what was recognized as Lebanon's national record in the event in just his second meet after signing. He ran a 47.85 before besting that time at the Tennessee Challenge in May to lower the record to its current 47.57.
The previous national record was 48.08, a time run by Mohamad Siraj Tamim in 2013, according to athleticsperformance.org.
Nammour's best time in the 400 is actually 47.07, though that came during the 2017 outdoor season before his signing with Lebanon and was therefore ineligible for the national record.
"I am so humbled and grateful to the Lebanese Olympic Committee for giving me this opportunity," said Nammour after his signing in the spring. "Lebanon is my second home, it's my father's homeland and we have many family members who still reside there. I'll do all I can to make the Lebanese people proud as I continue my running career."