Abdalelah Haroun

Abdalelah Haroun Hassan (Arabic: عبد الإله هارون‎; 1 January 1997 – 26 June 2021) was a Qatari track and field sprinter. He specialised in the 400 metres. He was the 2015 Asian champion in the event and holds the Asian indoor record.

Abdalelah Haroun
Abdalelah Haroun London 2017.jpg
Personal information
Native nameعبد الإله هارون
NationalitySudanese
Qatari
Born1 January 1997
Al-Soki, Sennar, Sudan
Died26 June 2021(2021-06-26) (aged 24)
Doha, Qatar
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
Sport
Country Qatar
SportAthletics
Event(s)400 metres
Coached byLuiz de Oliveira[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m: 44.07 (2018)
500 m(indoors): 59.83 WB (Stockholm 2016)

BiographyEdit

Haroun was recruited at a young age from Sudan by Qatar. He gained eligibility to represent Qatar in February 2015.[2] His first recorded performance was a time of 45.74 seconds for the 400 m in Doha in April 2014, which placed him among the world's most promising young sprinters for the event.[3][4][failed verification] He announced himself on the elite scene in his next performance at the XL Galan in February 2015 by running an Asian indoor record of 45.39 seconds, which was also the third fastest ever by a junior category athlete and the fastest ever indoor debut.[5][6] His next outing one month later he set an outdoor best of 44.68 seconds.[7] He was a comfortable victor at the 2015 Arab Athletics Championships in April, beating Egypt's Anas Beshr by nearly a second.[8]

He ran at the Doha Diamond League meeting and won the non-Diamond-race contest with another sub-45-second run.[9] On his IAAF Diamond League debut proper, he finished fifth at the Prefontaine Classic.[10] He quickly established himself as one of Asia's top senior athletes at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships by beating two-time defending champion Yousef Masrahi of Saudi Arabia in the 400 m final with his third 44.68-second clocking of the season. Masrahi was indignant about losing to his younger rival, saying "44.68 is nothing for me actually. I will come back. I will break the Asian record again".[11]

On June 26, 2021, Haroun died in a car crash in Doha, at the age of 24.[12][13][14]

Personal bestsEdit

  • 400 metres outdoors: 44.07 seconds (2018)
  • 400 metres indoors: 45.39 seconds (2015) AR
  • 4 × 400 metres relay: 3:00.56 (2018) AR

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2015 Arab Championships Isa Town, Bahrain 1st 400 m 44.68
Asian Championships Wuhan, China 1st 400 m 44.68
2016 Asian Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 400 m 45.88
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:08.20
World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 2nd 400 m 45.59
World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 400 m 44.81
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 23rd (sf) 400 m 46.66
2017 World Championships London, Great Britain 3rd 400 m 44.48
Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 1st 400 m 45.68
12th (sf) 800 m 2:07.94
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:12.58
2018 Asian Indoor Championships Tehran, Iran 1st 400 m 46.37
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:10.08
World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 400 m DQ
Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia 1st 400 m 44.89
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:00.56
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 37th (h) 400 m 47.76

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NBC Rio 2016 bio
  2. ^ Le Qatar et le Bahrein renforcent leurs équipes (in French). SPE15 (2015-02-15). Retrieved on 2015-06-04.
  3. ^ Abdelalelah Haroun. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-04.
  4. ^ 400 Metres - men - junior - outdoor - 2014. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-04.
  5. ^ Julin, A. Lennart (2015-02-19). Dibaba sets world indoor 5000m record in Stockholm. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-04.
  6. ^ Qatar's rising stars set to shine in Doha – IAAF Diamond League. IAAF (2015-05-06). Retrieved on 2015-06-04.
  7. ^ LaShawn Merritt and Kirani James to battle in 400 at Pre Classic . LetsRun (2015-05-07). Retrieved on 2015-06-04.
  8. ^ ALGÉRIE AU 19 EME. CHAMPIONNAT PANARABES D’ATHLÉTISME BAHREÏN / MANAMA 24 - 27/04/2015 Archived June 6, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Algeria Athletics Stats. Retrieved on 2015-05-04.
  9. ^ Tripathi, Rajeev (2015-05-16). Qatar's Haroun fastest Asian in 400m Diamond League Archived 2016-05-08 at the Wayback Machine. Qatar Tribune. Retrieved on 2015-06-04.
  10. ^ Abdalleleh Haroun. Diamond League. Retrieved on 2015-06-04.
  11. ^ Wu, Vincent (2015-06-04). Qatari sprinters dominate at Asian Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-04.
  12. ^ "400m World Bronze Medalist Abdalelah Haroun Dies in Car Crash". News18. 26 June 2021. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  13. ^ Goh, ZK (26 June 2021). "Qatari Abdalelah Haroun, 2017 world bronze medallist, dies at 24". Olympics.com. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Qatari sprinter Haroun killed in crash". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 June 2021.

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