Ahmed Baday

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Ahmed Baday
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Morocco
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 2009 Pescara Half marathon
Disqualified 2013 Mersin Half marathon
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Radès 10,000 m
Jeux de la Francophonie
Gold medal – first place 2005 Niamey 10,000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Ottawa 10,000 m

Ahmed Ibrahim Baday (born 15 June 1974) is a Moroccan long-distance runner who specialized in the 5000 metres and cross-country running but now competes in road running competitions.[1] He is currently banned for doping.[2]

A main stay of the Moroccan team at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, he helped his nation to medals in the team race in 1999, 2003 and 2007. In track running, he was the 10,000 metres gold medallist at the 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie and also won bronze at the 2001 Mediterranean Games. He competed for Morocco at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.

He began running in road competitions in 2008 and his highlights include a half marathon gold medal at the 2009 Mediterranean Games and a win at the Beppu-Ōita Marathon.


He won his first international medal at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics, where he came third in the 5000 m. He was however later disqualified when it was proved that he had been 24 years old when he competed at that Junior Championships.[3] The upper age limit for IAAF Junior World Championships is 19 years. At the 1999 IAAF World Cross Country Championships he was fifteenth in the men's short race, helping Morocco to the team silver medal.[4] He won the 10,000 metres gold medal at the 2001 Jeux de la Francophonie and then a bronze medal in the event at the 2001 Mediterranean Games.[5][6] He did not compete at any major competitions in 2002 and upon his international return he was fifteenth again in the short race at the 2003 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, this time taking the team bronze.[4]

He represented Morocco in the world cross country long race from 2004 to 2010, typically finishing in the top thirty, and his best performance came at the 2007 edition, where he came seventeenth and won the team silver medal alongside Anis Selmouni.[4] On the track he came fifth over 5000 m at the 2004 African Championships in Athletics, but managed only seventh place at the 2006 competition.[4] At the 2005 Jeux de la Francophonie he did not retain his 10,000 m but still managed to win the bronze medal.[7] He ran for Morocco at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, but was eliminated in the first round.[4] He was chosen as a 5000 m back-up for Morocco at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but did not participate.

Baday began to focus on road events and made his marathon debut in May 2008, finishing ninth at the Hamburg Marathon with a time of 2:10:59.[8] In his second outing over the distance, he took third at the National Capital Marathon in Ottawa.[9] He represented Morocco in the half marathon at the 2009 Mediterranean Games and defeated José Manuel Martinez to become the Mediterranean champion.[10] After recording a personal best of 1:01:03 for second at the Rabat Half Marathon, he ran at the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships but was less successful as he finished in 49th place. In February 2010 he came third at the Marrakesh Marathon and improved his personal best time by one second.[11] His season's best time came at the Yangzhou Jianzhen International Half Marathon, which he won in a course record time. He ran in the Bogota Half Marathon in August and took third place with a time of 1:04:47.[12]

He began 2011 with a win at the Beppu-Ōita Marathon, his first victory over the distance, beating Daniel Njenga in a personal best of 2:10:14.[13] He finished in sixth at the Rabat Half and went on to represent his country in the marathon at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, taking 27th place in Daegu.[4] He again started a year with a personal best, this time running 27:56 to win the Taroudant 10K in March,[14] then 2:09:16 hours at the Daegu Marathon in April 2012.[15]

Doping ban[edit]

IAAF announced 6 March 2015 that Baday had been suspended for two years for a biological passport anti-doping rule violation, ending 30 December 2016. His results from 26 March 2010 and onwards were annulled.[2]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Morocco
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France DQ (3rd)
5000 m IAAF rule 141 (no junior)
1999 World Cross Country Championships Belfast, Northern Ireland 15th Short race (4.236 km) 12:58
2nd Team 45 pts
2001 Mediterranean Games Radès, Tunisia 3rd 10,000 m 29:13.36
2003 World Cross Country Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 15th Short race (4.03 km) 11:34
3rd Team 44 pts
2004 African Championships Brazzaville, Congo 5th 5000 m 13:51.01
2006 African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 7th 5000 m 14:09.60
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 1st Half marathon 1:04:06
2010 World Cross Country Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland DQ (28th) Senior race Doping
DQ (5th) Senior team Doping
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea DQ (27th) Marathon Doping
2013 Mediterranean Games Mersin, Turkey DQ (1st) Half marathon Doping

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ "Runner Profile". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b IAAF: Athletes currently suspended from all competitions in athletics following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation as at: 06.03.15, 6 March 2015
  3. ^ 14th IAAF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Barcelona 2012 Facts & Figures, page 15
  4. ^ a b c d e f Baday Amhed. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  5. ^ Francophone Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  6. ^ Mediterranean Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  7. ^ Fuchs, Carole (2005-12-12). Francophone Games – Day 1. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  8. ^ Baday Ahmed. Marathon Info. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  9. ^ Gains, Paul (2009-05-24). Champions successfully defend Ottawa Marathon titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  10. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2009-07-04). Cusma double; Sdiri shows solid form again, 8.29m - Mediterranean Games, Day 4. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  11. ^ Mohammed, Benchrif (2010-02-01). Ethiopian sweep at Marrakech Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  12. ^ Kuehls, Dave (2010-08-01). Merga and Amare Triumph - Bogota International Half Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-02.
  13. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2011-02-06). Baday wins 60th annual Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  14. ^ March 2012 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2012-04-22.
  15. ^ April 2012 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2012-04-19.

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