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Ilias Fifa (born 16 May 1989) is a Moroccan-born long-distance runner competing internationally for Spain. He gained Spanish citizenship in July 2015[1] after entering Spain nine years earlier by hiding under a truck crossing the border.[2]

Ilias Fifa
Personal information
Born (1989-05-16) 16 May 1989 (age 30)
Tangier, Morocco[1]
Country Spain
SportTrack and field
Event(s)5000 metres
ClubF.C. Barcelona
Coached byRafael Caro



He won the 2016 European Championship 5000 metres, in one of the closest long distance finishes ever. Video on YouTube

He participated in the 5000 metres at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing but with a time of 13:28.29 he did not reach the final.[3] He qualified for the 5000 m event at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he finished in a non-qualifying 9th place in his heat.[4]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Spain
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 13th (h) 5000 m 13:28.29
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 5000 m 13:40.85
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 23rd (h) 5000 m 13:30.23
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 34th (h) 5000 m 13:47.90

Personal bestsEdit



External linksEdit

Ilias Fifa at IAAF