The 24-year-old athlete died in a car accident before preparing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Qatar 400-meter runner Abdalelah Haroun, who won a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships, has died in a car accident in Doha, the Qatar Athletics Federation said on Saturday. He was 24 years old.
The federation’s secretary general, Mohammed Issa al-Fadala, said Qatar’s sports and athletics “lost a great hero” globally.
“He was in a rehabilitation program after recovering from an injury (in preparation) to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics,” al-Fadala said.
World athletics is deeply saddened to learn that Qatar sprinter Abdalelah Haroun, the 2017 400m world bronze medalist and former junior world champion, has died in a car accident at the age of 24.
– World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) June 26, 2021
Qatar’s Olympic committee also mourned the loss on Saturday.
“The #Qatar team sprinter and the 400 m world bronze medalist Abdalelah Haroun have died today,” he posted on Twitter, along with a black and white image of the athlete holding a bouquet of flowers and flag of Qatar.
We belong to Allah and to Him we will return
The owner of the good heart, the hero Abdul-Ilah Haroun, died in the protection of God 💔, do not forget the favor of your prayers
Oh Allah, replace him with a better house than his home and a family with a better family, and admit him to paradise and save him from the torment of the grave and the torment of the fire. pic.twitter.com/xPhdhjBgu6
– Moataz Barshim ♕Barshim (@mutazbarshim) June 26, 2021
Haroun, of Sudanese origin, first represented Qatar in 2015: he stole attention during his early days by recording remarkable times of more than 400 meters.
He finished third at 44.48 seconds at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, behind South African winner Wayde van Niekerk and Bahamian athlete Steven Gardiner.
Haroun also won silver at the 2016 Indoor World Championships in Portland and gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.