Bouabdellah Tahri

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Bouabdellah Tahri
Bouabdellah Tahri Berlin 2009.JPG
Personal information
Born (1978-12-20) 20 December 1978 (age 40)
Metz, France
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Sportmiddle-distance running and long-distance running
Event(s)2000 m steeplechase, 3000 m steeplechase,
1500 m, mile, 3000 m, 5000 m, 10000 m, cross-country running
ClubAthlétisme Metz Métropole
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1500m outdoors: 3:32.73 (2013)

3000m outdoors: 7:33.18 (2009)
5000m outdoors: 13:12.22 (2014)
2000m steeplechase outdoors: 5:13.47 (2010)

3000m steeplechase outdoors: 8:01.18 (2009)

Bouabdallah "Bob" Tahri (born 20 December 1978 in Metz) is a retired middle-distance and long-distance runner of Algerian descent, competing internationally for France. He competes mainly in the 3000 m steeplechase distance. He also competes in the 2000 m steeplechase, 1500 m, mile, 3000 m, 5000 m, 10000 m and cross-country running. He has won several medals at major international championships such as the World Championships, European Championships and the European Indoor Championships. Moreover, he has won medals in the European Cup, European Team Championships, IAAF World Cup, IAAF Continental Cup and the IAAF World Athletics Final.

In June 2009, Tahri improved his 2000 m outdoor steeplechase European record with a run of 5:15.36 in Nancy, France. He set a new 3000 m outdoor steeplechase European record of 8:01.18 in finishing third in the final of the 2009 World Championships in Berlin.[1] On 25 June 2010, Tahri set a new world record time of 5:13.47 in the 2000m outdoor steeplechase race in Tomblaine, France. The previous world record time of 5:14.43 was set on 21 Aug 1990 by Julius Kariuki. But Tahri's 2000m outdoor steeplechase world record was broken only 5 days later by his compatriot Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad.[2] On 29 June 2010, Tahri won the 3000m outdoor steeplechase race in Metz in the world's fastest time (8:03.72) of the year.[3] He retired after running 3000 meters at the 2016 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris.

Notable results (3000 m steeplechase, unless otherwise stated; only the position in the final is indicated)[edit]

Preceded by
Netherlands Simon Vroemen
Men's 3000 m Steeplechase European Record Holder
2009-07-03 to 2013-07-05
Succeeded by
Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad


  1. ^ "Mekhissi a son record". L'Équipe. 6 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Reunion de Reims : Mekhissi répond à Tahri". 1 July 2010.
  3. ^ "MPM pour Tahri sur 3000 m steeple". L'Équipe. 29 June 2010.

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