Athlete Profile

Youssef Baba

  • COUNTRY Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH 7 AUG 1979
  • COUNTRY Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH 7 AUG 1979


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Updated February 22, 2006

Youssef BABA, Morocco (1500m)

Born 7 August 1979, Khénifra

Coach: Ayachi Amekdouf

Youssef Baba ranks 5th on Morocco's all-time 1500m list with 3:33.01, behind legends Hicham El Guerrouj (3:26.00) and Said Aouita (3:29.46), Azzedine Seddiki (3:31.48) and 2005 World Championships runner up Adil el Kaouch (3:32.86)

Baba started running in 1993 at a local schools cross-country championship in his hometown of Khénifra (in the Atlas mountains, Northern Morocco). He finished 3rd, and, encouraged, he  followed with a 2nd place at the provincial championships. There he was recruited by the local sports club "Chabab Atlas Khénifra".

In his first race on an all-weather track, he ran the 1000m in 2:30 in Meknès  and was spotted by Soussi Alaoui, who convinced him to join the Meknassi club. In his first official race for his new club at the 1998 "Coupe du Trône" Final, he finished 3rd of the 1500m in 3:44.

In 1999, he enrolled in the Rabat National Institute and was named to the national team. At the World Championships in Sevilla he was eliminated in the first round (3:48.08), but went on to win silver at the Pan-Arab Games in Amman behind Tunisia's Ali Hakimi. In 2000 he became African Champion in Algiers (3:42.07) and reached the final at the Sydney Olympic Games, where he pushed the pace to help El Guerrouj, who wound up losing a stretch duel with Kenya’s Noah Ngeny.

Baba and marathon double world champion Jaouad Gharib, also a Khénifra native, are among the founders of the club "Lion de l'Atlas,” which aims to promote sports and athletics in their home area, which is not short of talent.

"Youssef is one of our best athletes but his results haven't matched his abilities and ambition, due to lack of focus,” says his coach Ayachi Amekdouf. “I believe he has gained  maturity and I'm optimistic about his chances to perform well in Moscow."

Yearly progression:  1999 – 3:34.51;  2000 – 3:33.92;  2001 – 3:34.21;  2002 – 3:36.34;  2003 – 3:35.17;  2004 – 3:33.01;  2005 – 3:33.75

Championship record:

2nd, Pan-Arab Games, Amman, 1999
1st round (3:48.08), World Championships, Sevilla, 1999
29th and team 3rd , short race, World Cross Country Ch., Vilamoura, 2000
1st (3:42.07), African championships, Algiers, 2000
12th  (3:56.08), Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000 (after setting pace for El Guerrouj)
21st, short race, World Cross Country Ch., Ostend, 2001
Semi-finalist (3:44.90), World Championships, Edmonton, 2001
7th  (3:57.79), World Indoor Ch., Budapest, 2004
Semi-finalist (3:42.96), Olympic Games, Athens, 2004
1st (3:46.32), Pan-Arab Games, Algiers, 2004
2nd (3:47.61), Islamic Solidarity Games, Jeddah, 2005
Semi-finalist (3:42.12), World Championships, Helsinki, 2005
2nd (3:46.84) Francophone Games, Niamey 2005

Prepared by Mohamed Benchrif for the IAAF Focus on Athletes project. © IAAF 2006.

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
1500 Metres 3:32.13 Doha 11 MAY 2007
One Mile 3:52.85 Oslo (Bislett) 28 JUL 2000
3000 Metres 7:52.99 Dakar 29 APR 2006
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
1000 Metres 2:19.76 Stuttgart 29 JAN 2005
1500 Metres 3:36.89 Birmingham, GBR 18 FEB 2001
2000 Metres 4:58.93 Liévin 25 FEB 2001
3000 Metres 7:51.87 Karlsruhe 27 JAN 2001
Two Miles 8:21.14 Birmingham, GBR 20 FEB 2000
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
1500 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2010 3:35.85 Barcelona (O) 09 JUL
2009 3:35.07 Rabat 23 MAY
2008 3:33.85 Berlin 01 JUN
2007 3:32.13 Doha 11 MAY
2006 3:36.10 Lausanne 11 JUL
2005 3:33.75 Doha 13 MAY
2004 3:33.01 Heusden-Zolder 31 JUL
2003 3:35.17 San Sebastián 10 AUG
2002 3:36.34 Doha 15 MAY
2001 3:34.21 Lausanne 04 JUL
2000 3:33.92 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 30 JUN
1999 3:34.51 Lausanne 02 JUL
One Mile Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2008 3:55.63 Oslo (Bislett) 06 JUN
2002 3:59.54 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 12 JUL
2001 3:55.10 Eugene, OR 27 MAY
2000 3:52.85 Oslo (Bislett) 28 JUL
1999 3:53.64 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 07 JUL
3000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2006 7:52.99 Dakar 29 APR
2002 7:54.86 Hengelo 02 JUN
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
1000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2006 2:21.80 Stuttgart 04 FEB
2005 2:19.76 Stuttgart 29 JAN
1500 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2008 3:38.10 Peanía 13 FEB
2006 3:40.14 Karlsruhe 29 JAN
2004 3:37.87 Birmingham 20 FEB
2001 3:36.89 Birmingham, GBR 18 FEB
2000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2001 4:58.93 Liévin 25 FEB
3000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2001 7:51.87 Karlsruhe 27 JAN
Two Miles Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2005 8:39.56 Birmingham 18 FEB
2000 8:21.14 Birmingham, GBR 20 FEB
Honours - 1500 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXIX Olympic Games 10h1 3:42.13 Beijing (National Stadium) 15 AUG 2008
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 8 3:44.50 Valencia (Velodromo Luís Puig), ESP 08 MAR 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 14 3:38.78 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 29 AUG 2007
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 9 3:49.25 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 11 MAR 2006
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 9sf1 3:42.12 Helsinki 08 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 10sf2 3:42.96 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 22 AUG 2004
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships 7 3:57.79 Budapest (Sport Arena) 07 MAR 2004
8th IAAF World Championships 12sf1 3:44.90 Edmonton 10 AUG 2001
8th IAAF World Indoor Championships 7h2 3:49.46 Lisboa (Atlantic Pavillion) 09 MAR 2001
IAAF Grand Prix Final f DNS Doha 05 OCT 2000
27th Olympic Games 12 3:56.08 Sydney 29 SEP 2000
7th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 11h2 3:48.08 Sevilla 21 AUG 1999
Honours - Short Race
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
30th IAAF/Sport Ireland World Cross Country Championships 48 12:57 Dublin 23 MAR 2002
IAAF World Cross Country Championships 22 13:19 Oostende 24 MAR 2001
28th World Cross Country Championships 29 11:53 Vilamoura 18 MAR 2000


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Updated February 22, 2006

Youssef BABA, Morocco (1500m)

Born 7 August 1979, Khénifra

Coach: Ayachi Amekdouf

Youssef Baba ranks 5th on Morocco's all-time 1500m list with 3:33.01, behind legends Hicham El Guerrouj (3:26.00) and Said Aouita (3:29.46), Azzedine Seddiki (3:31.48) and 2005 World Championships runner up Adil el Kaouch (3:32.86)

Baba started running in 1993 at a local schools cross-country championship in his hometown of Khénifra (in the Atlas mountains, Northern Morocco). He finished 3rd, and, encouraged, he  followed with a 2nd place at the provincial championships. There he was recruited by the local sports club "Chabab Atlas Khénifra".

In his first race on an all-weather track, he ran the 1000m in 2:30 in Meknès  and was spotted by Soussi Alaoui, who convinced him to join the Meknassi club. In his first official race for his new club at the 1998 "Coupe du Trône" Final, he finished 3rd of the 1500m in 3:44.

In 1999, he enrolled in the Rabat National Institute and was named to the national team. At the World Championships in Sevilla he was eliminated in the first round (3:48.08), but went on to win silver at the Pan-Arab Games in Amman behind Tunisia's Ali Hakimi. In 2000 he became African Champion in Algiers (3:42.07) and reached the final at the Sydney Olympic Games, where he pushed the pace to help El Guerrouj, who wound up losing a stretch duel with Kenya’s Noah Ngeny.

Baba and marathon double world champion Jaouad Gharib, also a Khénifra native, are among the founders of the club "Lion de l'Atlas,” which aims to promote sports and athletics in their home area, which is not short of talent.

"Youssef is one of our best athletes but his results haven't matched his abilities and ambition, due to lack of focus,” says his coach Ayachi Amekdouf. “I believe he has gained  maturity and I'm optimistic about his chances to perform well in Moscow."

Yearly progression:  1999 – 3:34.51;  2000 – 3:33.92;  2001 – 3:34.21;  2002 – 3:36.34;  2003 – 3:35.17;  2004 – 3:33.01;  2005 – 3:33.75

Championship record:

2nd, Pan-Arab Games, Amman, 1999
1st round (3:48.08), World Championships, Sevilla, 1999
29th and team 3rd , short race, World Cross Country Ch., Vilamoura, 2000
1st (3:42.07), African championships, Algiers, 2000
12th  (3:56.08), Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000 (after setting pace for El Guerrouj)
21st, short race, World Cross Country Ch., Ostend, 2001
Semi-finalist (3:44.90), World Championships, Edmonton, 2001
7th  (3:57.79), World Indoor Ch., Budapest, 2004
Semi-finalist (3:42.96), Olympic Games, Athens, 2004
1st (3:46.32), Pan-Arab Games, Algiers, 2004
2nd (3:47.61), Islamic Solidarity Games, Jeddah, 2005
Semi-finalist (3:42.12), World Championships, Helsinki, 2005
2nd (3:46.84) Francophone Games, Niamey 2005

Prepared by Mohamed Benchrif for the IAAF Focus on Athletes project. © IAAF 2006.