Abdalelah Haroun, 400m world medalist in Qatar, dies at 24 | Athletics News


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.

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.

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.

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