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Abdalelah Haroun
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Haroun at the 2017 World Championships
Personal information
Native name عبد الإله هارون
Nationality Sudanese
Born 1 January 1997
Al-Soki, Sennar, Sudan
Died 26 June 2021(2021-06-26) (aged 24)
Doha, Qatar
Height 1.85 m
Weight 80 kg
Country  Qatar
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400 metres
Coached by Luiz de Oliveira
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m: 44.07 (2018)
500 m(indoors): 59.83 WB (Stockholm 2016)
Medal record
Men's athletics
World Championships
Bronze 2017 London 400 m
World Indoor Championships
Silver 2016 Portland 400 m
Continental Cup
Gold 2018 Ostrava 400 m
World Junior Championships
Gold 2016 Bydgoszcz 400 m
Asian Games
Gold 2018 Jakarta 400 m
Gold 2018 Jakarta Men's 4×400 m
Asian Athletics Championships
Gold 2015 Wuhan 400 m
Gold 2015 Wuhan 4×400 m relay

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.


Haroun was recruited at a young age from Sudan by Qatar. He gained eligibility to represent Qatar in February 2015. 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. 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. His next outing one month later he set an outdoor best of 44.68 seconds. He was a comfortable victor at the 2015 Arab Athletics Championships in April, beating Egypt's Anas Beshr by nearly a second.

He ran at the Doha Diamond League meeting and won the non-Diamond-race contest with another sub-45-second run. On his IAAF Diamond League debut proper, he finished fifth at the Prefontaine Classic. 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".

On June 26, 2021, Haroun died in a car crash in Doha, at the age of 24.

Personal bests

  • 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 competitions

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

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