Yusuf Saad Kamel

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Yusuf Saad Kamel
Youssef Saad Kamel Berlin 2009.jpg
Yusuf Saad Kamel at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin
Medal record
Representing  Bahrain
Men’s Athletics
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Berlin 1500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Berlin 800 m
World Indoor Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Valencia 800 m

Yusuf Saad Kamel (Arabic: يوسف سعد كامل‎), born Gregory Konchellah (born March 29, 1983[1]), was the 2009 world champion at 1500 meters, representing Bahrain after his switch from Kenya. He specializes in the 1500 metres and 800 metres. He was born in Narok, Kenya.

He trains with PACE Sports Management and is coached by Ricky Simms. He is the son of former two-time 800 metres World Champion Billy Konchellah.

In 2009 he stopped competing for Bahrain claiming unpaid salary and bonuses. He was willing to compete for Kenya, but his Kenyan passport is held by Bahraini officials. Without a passport, he was unable to compete in any competition. Several other Kenyan runners who took Bahraini citizenship have also left Bahrain and are vying to compete for Kenya.[2] However, he returned to the track in July 2009 at the Athletissima meeting, still representing Bahrain. Subsequently, Athletics Kenya stopped to handle his attempt to compete for Kenya.[3]

Running for Bahrain, Kamel won the gold in the 1500 m and bronze in 800 m at the 2009 World Athletics Championships held in Berlin. At the 2011 World Athletics Championships in Daegu he only participated at the 1500 m but just failed to qualify for the final.

Major achievements[edit]

Kamel after taking the 1500 m gold at the 2009 World Championships
Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
2004 Asian Indoor Championships Tehran, Iran 3rd
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 1st
2005 World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st
World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Yusuf Saad Kamel". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  2. ^ The East African, June 8, 2009: Konchellah ‘back’ home
  3. ^ The Standard, July 13, 2009: Konchella throws spanner in the works Archived September 17, 2009, at the Wayback Machine