Saudi Arabia gained its first silver medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia when runner Hadi
Souan Somayli came in second in the 400-meter hurdle race in 47.53 seconds. Hadi, who is 24 years old,
and a physical education teacher in Jeddah, is Saudi champion in the 110 and 400 meter hurdles. Since
1994, he has won a number of gold medals in the annual Arab track and field championships.