Naman Keïta

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Naman Keïta
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Naman Keïta at the Golden League 2006, Gaz de France
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing  France
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens 400 m hurdles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Paris 4x400 m relay
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Gothenburg 4x400 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Munich 4x400 m relay

Naman Keïta (born 9 April 1978 in Paris, France) is a track and field athlete, who takes part in the 400 m hurdles and 4 x 400m relay, competing internationally for France. He won the 4x400m relay gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France. He was the bronze medalist in the 400 metres hurdles at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Besides, he won a gold medal and a bronze medal in the 4x400 m relay at the European Athletics Championships.


Keïta was born in Paris to a Malian father and an Algerian mother.[1] His hobbies are cooking and jazz music.


Naman Keïta started running while in primary school. He worked for six months as a postman, before stopping to focus his energies on the World Championships and Olympic Games. He is able to use a 12 stride pattern between the hurdles. He competed internationally for Mali until the end of 1999, when he switched his allegiance to France.

He finished fourth in the 400 m hurdles final at the 2006 European Athletics Championships.

Keïta tested positive for a prohibited substance (testosterone) while taking part in the 2007 World Athletics Championship in Osaka, Japan. He was suspended from all competitions for two years by the Fédération française d'athlétisme in October 2007, with the suspension taking effect from 1 Sep 2007.[2]

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