El Hassan El-Abbassi

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El Hassan El-Abbassi
El Hassan El-Abbassi Rio 2016.jpg
El-Abbassi at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born 13 April 1984 (1984-04-13) (age 34)
Height 171 cm (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 1500-half marathon

El Hassan El-Abbassi (born 13 April 1984)[2][3] is a Moroccan-born long-distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain. He was the gold medallist in the 10,000 metres at the 2014 Asian Games and the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships. He has a personal best of 27:32.96 minutes for that distance.

Career[edit]

El-Abbassi initially ran in middle-distance events but a move up to longer distances brought him his first successes.[4] In his debut over the distance, he set a personal best of 62:53 minutes at the 2011 Marrakesh Half Marathon. His first race abroad followed in February and he was the surprise winner at the Eurocross cross country meet.[5] An outing at the Corrida de Langueux 10K run brought him fourth place.[6] He had three further outings over the half marathon distance that year and was in the top three each time: he was runner-up in Zwolle, set a personal best of 61:13 minutes for third at the Route du Vin Half Marathon, and was under 62 minutes again to win at the Zhuhai Half Marathon in China that December. He failed to progress much further in 2012, with a podium finish at the Yangzhou Half Marathon and fourth at the Philadelphia Distance Run being his best races abroad. However, he did win his first national title over 10,000 metres with a personal best time of 28:12.40 minutes.[4]

El-Abbassi established himself among the world's road running elite in 2013. In January he set a new best of 61:09 minutes over the half marathon in Marrakesh.[4] His best run that year was in an event almost half that distance: at the Ottawa 10K in Canada he won in a lifetime best of 27:37 minutes, beating Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai and ranking sixth globally that year as a result.[7][8] He also had a sub-28-minute race at the Casablanca 10K one week later.[4]

He decided to start running for Bahrain and formally requested a transfer of allegiance in August 2013. He became eligible to compete for his new nation in July 2014.[9] He set two track bests in the 2014 season: first a time of 13:33.95 minutes for the 500 metres at the Rabat Meeting then a 27:32.96-minute best over the 10,000 m at the Prefontaine Classic.[2] The latter time ranked him eleventh in the world that year and the second fastest non-Kenyan after world-leader Galen Rupp. [10] [11] His international debut for Bahrain was at the 2014 Asian Games. Running in the 10,000 m he held the lead and beat Suguru Osako to the line to win the gold medal – maintaining Bahrain's dominance for a third straight edition.[12]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 1st 10,000 m 28:11.20
2015 Asian Championships Wuhan, China 1st 10,000 m 28:50.71
World Championships Beijing, China 12th 10,000 m 28:12.57
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 26th 10,000 m 28:20.17

Personal bests[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ El Hassan El-Abbassi Archived 26 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. rio2016.com
  2. ^ a b El Hassan Elabbassi. IAAF. Retrieved on 3 October 2014.
  3. ^ ELABBASSI Elhassan Archived 3 October 2014 at Archive.is. Incheon2014AG. Retrieved on 3 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d El Hassan El Abbassi. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 3 October 2014.
  5. ^ Wenig, Jörg (27 February 2011). Jamal and Moroccan men dominate in Diekirch. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-10-03.
  6. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (24 June 2011). Tsegay and Wangari take Langueux 10Km titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-10-03.
  7. ^ Gains, Paul (26 May 2013). Double Moroccan victories in Ottawa 10km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-10-03.
  8. ^ 10 Kilometres – men – senior – outdoor – 2013. IAAF. Retrieved on 3 October 2014.
  9. ^ 2014 TRANSFER OF ALLEGIANCE as officially announced in the IAAF Newsletter. IAAF (30 September 2014). Retrieved on 2014-10-03.
  10. ^ Bahraini El Hassan Elabbassi and Ethiopian Dibabe Kuma Lema Are Champions Of Berkane International Half-Marathon. omriyadat.com (27 March 2016 )
  11. ^ 10,000 Metres – men – senior – outdoor – 2014. IAAF. Retrieved on 3 October 2014.
  12. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2 October 2014). Two Asian records broken on fantastic day for China at the Asian Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-10-03.

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