Yusuf Saad Kamel

Yusuf Saad Kamel (Arabic: يوسف سعد كامل‎), born Gregory Konchellah (born 29 March 1983) is a male former middle-distance runner who competed in the 800 metres and 1500 metres. Born in Narok, Kenya – the son of former two-time 800 metres World Champion Billy Konchellah – he represented Bahrain internationally. Kamel won the gold in the 1500 m and bronze in 800 m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin.[1]

Yusuf Saad Kamel
Youssef Saad Kamel Berlin 2009.jpg
Kamel at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin
Personal information
Birth nameGregory Konchellah
Born (1983-03-29) 29 March 1983 (age 37)
Narok, Kenya
Country Bahrain
SportMen's athletics
Event(s)800 metres, 1500 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m: 1:42.79 min (2008)
1500 m: 3:31.56 min (2009)

In early 2009 he stopped competing for Bahrain claiming unpaid salary and bonuses. He was willing to compete for Kenya, but his Kenyan passport was held by Bahraini officials. Without a passport, he was unable to compete in any competition. Several other Kenyan runners who took Bahraini citizenship have also left Bahrain and are vying to compete for Kenya.[2] However, he returned to the track in July 2009 at the Athletissima meeting, still representing Bahrain. Subsequently, Athletics Kenya stopped to handle his attempt to compete for Kenya.[3]

At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu he only participated at the 1500 m but just failed to qualify for the final.

He trained with PACE Sports Management under Ricky Simms.


Competition recordEdit

Kamel after taking the 1500 m gold at the 2009 World Championships
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2004 Asian Indoor Championships Tehran, Iran 3rd 800 m 1:48.89
World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd (semis) 800 m 1:47.16
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 3rd (heats) 800 m 1:46.94
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 1st 800 m 1:45.91
Pan Arab Games Algiers, Algeria 1st 800 m 1:46.12
2005 Arab Championships Tunis, Tunisia 1st 800 m 1:47.36
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 800 m 1:44.90
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd 800 m 1:47.13
2006 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th 800 m 1:47.62
World Cup Athens, Greece 1st 800 m 1:44.98
Asian Games Doha, Qatar 1st 800 m 1:45.74
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 9th (semis) 800 m 1:45.31
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 800 m 1:45.61 CR
2008 Asian Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 800 m 1:48.03 CR
World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 3rd 800 m 1:45.26
Olympic Games Beijing, China 5th 800 m 1:44.95
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 800 m 1:49.40
5th 1500 m 3:38.50
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 800 m 1:45.35
1st 1500 m 3:35.93
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 4th 1500 m 3:36.11
2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China 9th (heats) 1500 m 3:58.80
2011 Military World Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th 800 m 1:46.89
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 6th (semis) 1500 m 3:47.18
2013 Asian Championships Pune, India 6th 800 m 1:50.54
Islamic Solidarity Games Palembang, Indonesia 4th 1500 m 1:48.27
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 800 m DNF

Circuit winsEdit

800 metres

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Yusuf Saad Kamel". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  2. ^ The East African, June 8, 2009: Konchellah ‘back’ home
  3. ^ The Standard, July 13, 2009: Konchella throws spanner in the works Archived September 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

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