The 24-year-old Qatari athlete was third in the 400 meters of the 2017 World Cup
Abdalelah Haroun, bronze in the 400 meters at the 2017 London World Championships, died in a traffic accident.
Qatari sprinter Abdalelah Haroun, a bronze medalist in the 400 meters at the 2017 World Athletics Championships, died this Saturday in a traffic accident at the age of 24, according to the Qatari Federation. “Haroun died in a car accident in Doha,” the federation’s secretary-general, Mohammed Issa al-Fadala, told AFP.
“He was on a recovery program after injury to try to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics,” added the representative of the Qatari federation.
The 24-year-old Qatari sprinter was also silver at the World Indoor Championships in 2016 and gold at the Asian Games in 2018. Qatar’s Olympic team posted the fateful news on Twitter: “Team Sprinter #Qatar and 400-meter world bronze medalist Abdalelah Haroun died today. ”
Haroun was born in Sudan on January 1, 1997. He ran his first 400 meters in 49 seconds at the age of 16. On the advice of a coach, he went to Qatar to live with his uncle. He achieved the U18 national record with a time of 45.74, achieved in Doha in April 2014 in his second season fully dedicated to the sport.
In 2015 he achieved the Asian indoor record of 45.39 seconds. The following year it was silver in the World Cup on the indoor track in Portland (United States). After the bronze outdoor World Cup in London 2017, behind Wayde van Niekerk and Steven Gardiner, he was followed by two gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta in the 400 m and in the 4×400.
In 2018 he registered nine times under 45 seconds in his 10 finals of 400 outdoors, including the national record of 44.07 when he won the London appointment of the Diamond League.