Gamal Belal Salem

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Gamal Belal Salem (born Thomas Katui on 12 September 1978 in Eldoret, Kenya) is a Qatari runner who specializes in the 3000 metres steeplechase, training with the world record holder Saif Saaeed Shaheen under the Italian coach Renato Canova.

He has represented Qatar at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on numerous occasions, including two team bronze medals at the 2005 competition and one at the 2008 competition. He won the 10,000 metres at the 2005 West Asian Games, and was also the 5000 metres silver medallist.[1] He was also the silver medallist in the steeplechase at the 2006 Asian Games, where he finished behind fellow Kenyan-turned-Qatari Tareq Mubarak Taher. He won the World Military Cross Country Championships that same year.

From 2009 onwards, he decided to run road races, leaving the activity on track. He made his debut over the marathon distance at La Route Du Louvre in May 2010 and won the in a time of 2:12:46 hours.[2] He ran at the Amatrice-Configno road race in Italy in August 2010 and took second place behind former compatriot and steeplechase specialist Ezekiel Kemboi.[3] He entered the marathon race at the 2010 Asian Games, but did not manage finish the race.[4]

Salem improved his marathon best to 2:12:27 hours at the 2011 Madrid Marathon and was fourth overall.[5]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2005 World Cross Country Championships Saint-Etienne, France 12th Long race
3rd Team competition
5th Short race
3rd Team competition
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 18th Long race
6th Team competition
23rd Short race
4th Team competition
World Road Running Championships Debrecen, Hungary 16th 20 km
5th Team competition
Asian Games Doha, Qatar 2nd 3000 m s'chase
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya 43rd Senior race
2008 World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, Scotland 34th Senior race
2009 World Cross Country Championships Amman, Jordan 28th Senior race
2010 World Cross Country Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 54th Senior race

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ West Asian Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-04-19.
  2. ^ Route du Louvre : Salem Gamal Belal vainqueur. La Voix Du Nord (2010-05-16). Retrieved on 2010-08-28.
  3. ^ Amatrice: vince Kemboi, 11° Baldini. FIDAL. Retrieved on 2010-08-28.
  4. ^ Men's Marathon Results
  5. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2011-04-17). Course record for Arusei, while Girma Tadesse defends - Madrid Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-19.