Larbi Bourrada

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Larbi Bourrada
Personal information
BornMay 10, 1988 (1988-05-10) (age 30)
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
Country Algeria

Larbi Bourrada (called sometimes Larbi Bouraâda or Larbi Bouraada, born May 10, 1988 in Rouiba) is an Algerian decathlon athlete. He is the three-time African champion (2008, 2010 and 2014) and the African record holder in the event. He has also competed in the pole vault, winning the All-Africa Games title in 2011 and two silver medals at the African Championships.


As a teenager he won the bronze medal in the decathlon at the 2007 All-Africa Games.[1] He has been the African record in the decathlon since his performance of 8171 points at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics held in Berlin. He also finished second at the pole vault at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics with a height of 4.60 m behind Hamdi Dhouibi from Tunisia.[2] He was Africa's representative at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup in the high jump, pole vault and the long jump.[3] He also set an Algerian record for the indoor heptathlon that year, scoring 5911 points as a guest athlete at the French Championships.[4]

In July 2011 he sets a new African record with a total of 8302 points at the Ratingen Combined Event meeting in Germany. He set three personal records in the competition: 100 m (10.61 s), long jump (7.94 m) and discus throw (40.34 m). He finished tenth at the 2011 Athletics World Championships in Daegu with a total of 8158 points, including two personal bests: 13.56 s in the 110 m hurdles and 4.90 m in the pole vault. He was eliminated from the decathlon in the 2011 All-Africa Games in Maputo after two false starts at the first event (100 m). The games were held two weeks after the world championships and he said that this was not enough time to recover. He entered the individual pole vault event, however, and won with a personal best of 5.00 m.[5]

Returning to the Ratingen meeting in 2012, he again won the competition with an African record score. He set bests in the 100 metres, shot put and javelin throw to lead from start to finish and collect 8332 points.[6] However, his doping sample at the competition came back positive for the banned steroid Stanozolol.[7] Bourrada was disqualified from the event and given a two-year ban from athletics.[8]

Bourrada returned to competition during the 2014 season, winning his third African title in Marrakech with a personal best and championship record score of 8311 points.[9]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Performance Place Date
100 m 10.58 Ratingen 14 June 2012
Long jump 7.94 m Ratingen 16 July 2011
Shot put 13.78 m Rio de Janeiro 17 August 2016
High jump 2.10 m Rio de Janeiro 17 August 2016
400 metres 46.69 Alger 11 June 2009
110 m hurdles 14.13 Alger 15 July 2016
Discus throw 42.39 m Rio de Janeiro 18 August 2016
Pole vault 5.00 m Maputo 14 September 2011
Javelin throw 67.68 m Ratingen 15 June 2012
1500 metres 4:12.15 Berlin 20 August 2009
Decathlon 8521 Rio de Janeiro 18 August 2016


  1. ^ 2007 All-Africa Games, July 18-22, Algiers. Africa Athle. Retrieved on 2012-06-16.
  2. ^ Article, "The Running Tribe," by Bryan Green, Oct. 6, 2009 Archived 2010-02-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Results by Event Archived 2010-09-05 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-05.
  4. ^ "Heptathlon Results". 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
  5. ^ All-Africa Games - Jeux Africains, Maputo (Mozambique) 11-15/9. Africa Athle. Retrieved on 2012-06-16.
  6. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2012-06-16). Bourrada breaks African record in Ratingen, Day 2 - IAAF Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-16.
  7. ^ Les Algériens Larbi Bouraada et Zahra Bouras contrôlés positifs Archived 2014-06-06 at the Wayback Machine. APA (2012-06-27). Retrieved on 2012-06-27.
  8. ^ Athletes currently suspended from all competitions in athletics following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation as at: 21.05.14. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-05-26.
  9. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2014-08-11).More gold medals and records for Okagbare and Bourrada at African championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-08-15.

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Preceded by
Tunisia Hamdi Dhouibi
South Africa Willem Coertzen
Men's Decathlon African Record Holder
August 20, 2009 – August 11, 2013
August 29, 2015 – present
Succeeded by