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Ayanleh Souleiman (born 3 December 1992), also known as Hassan Ayanleh, is a Djiboutian middle distance runner who specialises in the 1500 metres. He is the Djiboutian record holder for the distance, with his best of 3:29.58 minutes, as well as being the 3000 metres holder with 7:42.22 minutes. He also holds the indoor world record for the 1000-meter which he achieved at the 2016 Globengalan event in Stockholm Sweden.[2] He also set a new IAAF Diamond League record at the IAAF Diamond League in August 2016 in the men's 1000 meters [3]

Ayanleh Souleiman
Ayanleh Souleiman in 2015.jpg
Souleiman with the press in 2015
Personal information
Birth name Hassan Ayanleh Souleiman
Nationality Djiboutian
Born (1992-12-03) December 3, 1992 (age 25)
Djibouti City, Djibouti
Residence Djibouti City
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 1500 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

800 meters: 1:42.97[1]
1500 meters: 3:29.58[1]
1000 meters: 2:13.49[1]
Mile: 3:47.32[1]

3000 meters: 7:39.81[1]
Ayanleh Souleiman wins in 2015 IAAF Diamond League in Stockholm.


Running careerEdit

Souleiman's first international appearances came in 2009, when he placed tenth in the 1500 m at the Jeux de la Francophonie and ran in the heats of the 3000 m at the World Youth Championships.[4]

In 2011, Souleiman won the title of 1500 m of the 2011 Pan Arab Games in Doha, in a time of 3:34.32, to win his country's first medal in this competition.[5] He also placed sixth in the 1500 m at the 2011 All-Africa Games.[6]

The following season saw him appear on the global scene, as he reached fifth in the final at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships.[4] His first major medal followed at the 2012 African Championships in Athletics where he claimed the silver medal in the 1500 m.[7]

Souleiman set the Djiboutian national indoor record in the 3000 m at the Indoor Flanders Meeting in February 2013, coming third with a time of 7:39.81 minutes.[8] In June 2013 he ran a national record at 800 m at a meet in Sweden.

Souleiman won the bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics held in Moscow in August 2013, finishing behind Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia and Nick Symmonds of the United States.[9]

In 2014, Souleiman also won the Bowerman Mile at the Prefontaine Classic, held at Hayward Field in Oregon with a time of 3:47:32.

Personal bestsEdit


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Djibouti
2009 World Youth Championships Brixen, Italy 17th (h) 3000 m 8:31.83
Jeux de la Francophonie Beirut, Lebanon 10th 1500 m 3:57.40
2011 African Junior Championships Gaborone, Botswana 11th (h) 800 m 1:51.78
9th 1500 m 3:46.51
All-Africa Games Maputo, Mozambique 6th 1500 m 3:36.34
Pan Arab Games Doha, Qatar 1st 1500 m 3:34.32
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 5th 1500 m 3:47.35
African Championships Porto Novo, Benin 2nd 1500 m 3:36.34
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 800 m 1:43.76
11th (sf) 1500 m 3:37.96
Jeux de la Francophonie Nice, France 1st 1500 m 3:57.35
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 1st 1500 m 3:37.52
African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 1st 1500 m 3:42.49
Continental Cup[10] Marrakech, Morocco 1st 1500 m 3:48.91
2015 World Championships Beijing, China — (h) 1500 m DNF
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 9th 1500 m 3:53.69
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11th (sf) 800 m 1:45.19
4th 1500 m 3:50.29
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 33rd (h) 1500 m 3:46.64
2018 African Championships Asaba, Nigeria 4th 1500 m 3:37.18


  1. ^ a b c d e All-Athletics. "Profile of Ayanleh SOULEIMAN".
  2. ^ Wells, Adam (Feb 17, 2016). "Souleiman Breaks Indoor 1,000M World Record". Featured Columnist. Retrieved 2016-08-14.
  3. ^ Ramsak, Bob (Aug 25, 2016). "SOULEIMAN SETS 1000M SERIES RECORD IN LAUSANNE – IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE". the IAAF. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  4. ^ a b Ayanleh Souleiman Archived March 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-28.
  5. ^ Georgiotis, Vasileios (2011-12-21). "Qatar's young guns shine in Doha – Arab Games report". IAAF. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  6. ^ "Athletics results". All-Africa Games 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-15.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Watta, Evelyn (2012-07-02). "Burundian teen Niyonsaba takes dramatic 800m title as Nigeria top medal table in Porto-Novo – African champs, Day 5". IAAF. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  8. ^ Hendrix, Ivo (2013-02-10). "Trost triumphs, Maslak and Gregan deny Borlée brothers home wins in Gent – UPDATED". IAAF. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  9. ^ 14th IAAF World Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2018-04-03.
  10. ^ "Report: men's 1500m – IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014". IAAF. 2014-09-13. Retrieved 2018-04-03.

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