Athlete Profile

Amine Laalou

  • COUNTRY Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH 13 MAY 1982
Amine Laalou (Getty Images)
Amine Laalou (Getty Images)
  • COUNTRY Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH 13 MAY 1982


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Updated 30 October 2007

Amine LAÂLOU, Morocco (800m)

Born 13 May 1982 in Salé
Coach: Ayoub Mendili

Amine Laâlou is a gifted sprinter with great potential over 800m. As a youngster he was attracted to basketball, following in his father's footsteps. But he was spotted one day by the athlete-turned-coach, Najat Bentalha, who persuaded him to turn to track.

Although Laâlou felt no initial attraction to the sport, of which he knew nothing, Bentalha managed to convince him of his talent, and he signed up at the famous Olympique Marocain, one of the leading Moroccan clubs. Aziz Daouda, Morocco’s national technical director and president of the Olympique, noticed the youngster's talent and had him recruited by the Institut National d'Athletisme in Rabat, where he was to be coached by Ayoub Mendili over 800m.

Laâlou got his first overseas experience at the World Youth Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 1999, where a second place in his heat (1:54.93) was not enough to reach the final. At the World Junior Championships, in Santiago, Chile, in 2000, he recorded a PB 1:51.55 in his heat but failed to progress beyond the semi-final.

The next year, at the African Junior Championships, in Mauritius, he scored another PB, 1:49.94, good enough for the silver medal. In 2002, he performed creditably at the African Championships in Tunis (1:48.68) but also travelled to Europe and elsewhere in Africa, and improved his PB by more than two seconds to 1:46.5.
In 2003, Laâlou’s first full international season, he participated in three European Grand Prix, the North African Championships in Tunis (1st in 1:46.18) and the World Championships in Paris (1:46.75 in heat). He also lowered his PB to 1:45.20. But, in 2004, he broke through on the big scene, finishing 4th in the World Indoor Championships in Budapest (1:46.57), recording an early-season world-leading time in Milan (1:44.76) and then notching a big PB in the Zurich B race, 1:43.68 for 2nd behind Youssef Saad Kamel of Bahrain (the former Gregory Konchellah of Kenya). It would be the 5th fastest time in the world in 2004.
Morocco's athletics hierarchy had high hopes for this promising youngster in the 2004 Olympics, in Athens, and at the 2005 World Championships, in Helsinki, but on both occasions he failed to progress further than the semi-finals. Laâlou’s inexperience showed in Athens where, after advancing comfortably from his heat (1st in 1:45.88), he fell badly off the pace in his semi-final and failed to qualify (7th in 1:47.53). In Helsinki he was 5th in the fastest semi-final and just missed qualifying on time.

At the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka, Morocco expected a medal. Though Morocco had three athletes in the men’s 800m semi-finals, Laâlou was the only one able to secure a spot in the final. However, he finished a disappointing 6th, thus confirming, at least for now, that he is a better athlete on the circuit than in international championships.

Yearly Progression
2000: 1:51.55; 2001: 1:49.94; 2002: 1:46.5; 2003: 1:45.20; 2004: 1:43.68; 2005: 1:44.22; 2006: 1:43.25; 2007: 1:43.94
Personal Best
800m: 1:43.25 (2006)

Career Highlights
2000 sf World Junior Championships (3:00.54)
2001 2nd African Junior Championships (1:49.94)
2003 1st North African Championships (1:46.18)
2003 hts World Championships (1:46.75)
2004 4th World Indoor Championships (1:46.57)
2004 sf Olympic Games (1:47.53)
2004 3rd Pan Arab Games (1:46.86)
2005 1st Islamic Solidarity Games (1:45.96)
2005 sf World Championships (1:45.05)
2006 sf World Indoor Championships (1:47.55)
2007 6th World Championships 1:47.45

Prepared by Mohammed Benchrif for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2007.

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
400 Metres 47.57 Marrakech 21 MAY 2005
800 Metres 1:43.25 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 14 JUL 2006
1000 Metres 2:15.31 Rabat 05 JUN 2011
1500 Metres 3:29.53 Monaco 22 JUL 2010
One Mile 3:50.22 Eugene, OR 03 JUL 2010
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
800 Metres 1:45.96 Stockholm 20 FEB 2007
1500 Metres 3:37.03 Stockholm 23 FEB 2012
One Mile 3:54.49 Fayetteville, AR 11 FEB 2012
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
400 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2005 47.57 Marrakech 21 MAY
800 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 1:45.28 Rabat 27 MAY
2011 1:45.11 Lausanne 30 JUN
2010 1:43.71 Doha 14 MAY
2009 1:43.36 Hengelo 01 JUN
2008 1:44.27 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 11 JUL
2007 1:43.94 Monaco 25 JUL
2006 1:43.25 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 14 JUL
2005 1:44.22 Sevilla 04 JUN
2004 1:43.68 Zürich 06 AUG
2003 1:45.20 Alger 17 JUL
2002 1:46.5 Blida 20 JUN
2001 1:47.42 Rabat 23 MAY
2000 1:49.00 Meknès 15 JUL
1999 1:54.93 Bydgoszcz 17 JUL
1000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2011 2:15.31 Rabat 05 JUN
1500 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 3:36.56 Eugene, OR 02 JUN
2011 3:31.92 Torino 10 JUN
2010 3:29.53 Monaco 22 JUL
2009 3:31.56 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 10 JUL
One Mile Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 3:50.43 Oslo (Bislett) 07 JUN
2010 3:50.22 Eugene, OR 03 JUL
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
800 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2008 1:48.27 Stockholm 21 FEB
2007 1:45.96 Stockholm 20 FEB
2006 1:47.36 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 10 MAR
2005 1:47.11 Peanía 20 FEB
2004 1:46.57 Budapest (SA) 07 MAR
2002 1:49.37 Stuttgart 03 FEB
1500 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 3:37.03 Stockholm 23 FEB
2010 3:39.96 Doha 12 MAR
One Mile Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 3:54.49 Fayetteville, AR 11 FEB
Honours - 800 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 5 1:45.66 Berlin 23 AUG 2009
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 5 1:50.03 Stuttgart 13 SEP 2008
The XXIX Olympic Games 4sf1 1:46.74 Beijing (National Stadium) 21 AUG 2008
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 3h5 1:49.41 Valencia, ESP 07 MAR 2008
5th IAAF World Athletics Final 4 1:46.18 Stuttgart 22 SEP 2007
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 6 1:47.45 Osaka 02 SEP 2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final 7 1:47.91 Stuttgart 09 SEP 2006
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 4sf1 1:47.55 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 11 MAR 2006
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 5sf1 1:45.05 Helsinki 12 AUG 2005
2nd IAAF World Athletics Final 7 1:46.74 Monaco 18 SEP 2004
28th Olympic Games 7sf1 1:47.53 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 26 AUG 2004
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships 4 1:46.57 Budapest (SA) 07 MAR 2004
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 4h7 1:46.75 Paris Saint-Denis 28 AUG 2003
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 8sf1 3:00.54 Santiago de Chile 18 OCT 2000
1st IAAF World Youth Championships 2h3 1:54.93 Bydgoszcz 17 JUL 1999
Honours - 1500 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXX Olympic Games h2 DQ London (OP) 03 AUG 2012
IAAF World Indoor Championships 2012 9 3:49.14 Istanbul 10 MAR 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7sf1 3:47.65 Daegu 01 SEP 2011
IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup 2010 1 3:35.49 Split 04 SEP 2010
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 5 3:42.42 Doha 13 MAR 2010
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 10 3:37.83 Berlin 19 AUG 2009


Focus on Athletes biographies are produced by the IAAF Communications Dept, and not by the IAAF Statistics and Documentation Division. If you have any enquiries concerning the information, please use the Contact IAAF page, selecting ‘Focus on Athletes Biographies’ in the drop down menu of contact area options.


Updated 30 October 2007

Amine LAÂLOU, Morocco (800m)

Born 13 May 1982 in Salé
Coach: Ayoub Mendili

Amine Laâlou is a gifted sprinter with great potential over 800m. As a youngster he was attracted to basketball, following in his father's footsteps. But he was spotted one day by the athlete-turned-coach, Najat Bentalha, who persuaded him to turn to track.

Although Laâlou felt no initial attraction to the sport, of which he knew nothing, Bentalha managed to convince him of his talent, and he signed up at the famous Olympique Marocain, one of the leading Moroccan clubs. Aziz Daouda, Morocco’s national technical director and president of the Olympique, noticed the youngster's talent and had him recruited by the Institut National d'Athletisme in Rabat, where he was to be coached by Ayoub Mendili over 800m.

Laâlou got his first overseas experience at the World Youth Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 1999, where a second place in his heat (1:54.93) was not enough to reach the final. At the World Junior Championships, in Santiago, Chile, in 2000, he recorded a PB 1:51.55 in his heat but failed to progress beyond the semi-final.

The next year, at the African Junior Championships, in Mauritius, he scored another PB, 1:49.94, good enough for the silver medal. In 2002, he performed creditably at the African Championships in Tunis (1:48.68) but also travelled to Europe and elsewhere in Africa, and improved his PB by more than two seconds to 1:46.5.
In 2003, Laâlou’s first full international season, he participated in three European Grand Prix, the North African Championships in Tunis (1st in 1:46.18) and the World Championships in Paris (1:46.75 in heat). He also lowered his PB to 1:45.20. But, in 2004, he broke through on the big scene, finishing 4th in the World Indoor Championships in Budapest (1:46.57), recording an early-season world-leading time in Milan (1:44.76) and then notching a big PB in the Zurich B race, 1:43.68 for 2nd behind Youssef Saad Kamel of Bahrain (the former Gregory Konchellah of Kenya). It would be the 5th fastest time in the world in 2004.
Morocco's athletics hierarchy had high hopes for this promising youngster in the 2004 Olympics, in Athens, and at the 2005 World Championships, in Helsinki, but on both occasions he failed to progress further than the semi-finals. Laâlou’s inexperience showed in Athens where, after advancing comfortably from his heat (1st in 1:45.88), he fell badly off the pace in his semi-final and failed to qualify (7th in 1:47.53). In Helsinki he was 5th in the fastest semi-final and just missed qualifying on time.

At the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka, Morocco expected a medal. Though Morocco had three athletes in the men’s 800m semi-finals, Laâlou was the only one able to secure a spot in the final. However, he finished a disappointing 6th, thus confirming, at least for now, that he is a better athlete on the circuit than in international championships.

Yearly Progression
2000: 1:51.55; 2001: 1:49.94; 2002: 1:46.5; 2003: 1:45.20; 2004: 1:43.68; 2005: 1:44.22; 2006: 1:43.25; 2007: 1:43.94
Personal Best
800m: 1:43.25 (2006)

Career Highlights
2000 sf World Junior Championships (3:00.54)
2001 2nd African Junior Championships (1:49.94)
2003 1st North African Championships (1:46.18)
2003 hts World Championships (1:46.75)
2004 4th World Indoor Championships (1:46.57)
2004 sf Olympic Games (1:47.53)
2004 3rd Pan Arab Games (1:46.86)
2005 1st Islamic Solidarity Games (1:45.96)
2005 sf World Championships (1:45.05)
2006 sf World Indoor Championships (1:47.55)
2007 6th World Championships 1:47.45

Prepared by Mohammed Benchrif for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2007.