Ayanleh Souleiman

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Ayanleh Souleiman
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Personal information
Birth name Hassan Ayanleh Souleiman
Nationality Djiboutian
Born (1992-12-03) December 3, 1992 (age 22)
Djibouti City, Djibouti
Residence Djibouti City
Country  Djibouti
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 1500 metres

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 3:30.31 minutes, as well as being the 3000 metres holder with 7:42.22 minutes.

Running career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2] He also placed sixth in the 1500 m at the 2011 All-Africa Games.[3]

The following season saw him appear on the global scene, as he reached fifth in the final at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships.[1] His first major medal followed at the 2012 African Championships in Athletics where he claimed the silver medal in the 1500 m.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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 bests[edit]

  • 1500 metres (indoor) – 3:36.13 min (2013) NR
  • 3000 metres (indoor) – 7:39.81 min (2013) NR


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
2014 IAAF Continental Cup[7] Marrakech, Morocco 1st 1500 m 3:48.91


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