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Abderrahman Samba (born 5 September 1995) is a Qatari male athlete who specialises in the 400 metres hurdles. He was born and grew up in Saudi Arabia but chose to represent Mauritania – his father's homeland – before eventually switching allegiance to Qatar and moving to Doha in 2015.[1] He became eligible to compete for his adopted country in May 2016.[2][3] He was the second person to run the 400m hurdle event in less than 47 seconds.[4]

Abderrahman Samba
Meeting de Paris, Stade Charlety - 30 juin 2018 (43129959671).jpg
Samba in 2018
Personal information
NationalityQatari
Born (1995-09-05) 5 September 1995 (age 24)
Saudi Arabia
Sport
Country Qatar
SportAthletics
Event(s)Hurdling

Samba placed seventh at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics on his global debut. He appeared suddenly on the elite athletics scene, having run modest sprint times in 2016 before winning the 400 m hurdles race at the Qatar leg of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League, beating Olympic champion Kerron Clement.[5][6] He ranked eighth in the world that season with his new personal best of 48.31 seconds.[7]

In February 2018, he won a 4 × 400 metres relay gold medal with a Qatari team of Mohamed Nasir Abbas, Mohamed El Nour and Abdalelah Haroun at the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships.[8] Then, in the Summer season, he ran the 400 m hurdles in 46.98, the second fastest time ever, at the Meeting de Paris.[4]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 7th 400 m hurdles 49.74
2018 Asian Indoor Championships Tehran, Iran 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:10.08
Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia 1st 400 m hurdles 47.66
GR
1st 4 × 400 metres relay 3:00.56
AR
IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st 400 m hurdles 47.37
=CR
2019 Asian Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 400 m hurdles 47.51
CR
World Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd 400 m hurdles 48.03

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time (s) Venue Date
200m 21.17 Barcelona 8 June 2016
400m 44.60 Pretoria 9 April 2019
400m hurdles 46.98 Paris 30 June 2018
4x400m relay 3:00.58 Jakarta 31 August 2018
4x400m relay (indoor) 3:10.08 Tehran 3 February 2018

All information from IAAF profile. Last updated 8 March 2019

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Having found his rhythm, Samba looks to join the greats". iaaf.com. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  2. ^ Chadband, Ian (7 August 2017). "Athletics – Clement eases into position for third hurdles gold". Reuters. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  3. ^ "2016 Transfers of Allegiance". IAAF. Archived from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Abderrahman Samba runs second-fastest 400m hurdles ever (video)". OlympicTalk. 30 June 2018.
  5. ^ Ramsak, Bob (5 May 2017). "Kiyeng prevails in fierce steeplechase showdown in Doha – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Abderrahman SAMBA". IAAF Diamond League. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  7. ^ "400 metres hurdles men senior outdoor 2017". IAAF. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Final Result – 8th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships -Tehran 2018 – 4x400 Metres Relays Indoor-- Men-- Final". 8th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships. Retrieved 3 July 2018.

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