Sudanese 800m runner Kaki Abubaker (Getty images)
Sudanese 800m runner Kaki Abubaker (Getty images)
  • COUNTRY Sudan Sudan
  • DATE OF BIRTH 21 JUN 1989


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Updated 24 February 2008


Abubaker KAKI, Sudan (800m)

Born 21 June 1989, Elmuglad (between Khartoum and Darfour)

Coach: Jama Aden


Abubaker Kaki, a double 800m gold medallist at the All Africa Games in July 2007, in Algiers, and the Pan Arab Games in November, in Cairo, is one of the best junior athletes in the world. He proved it this season when setting a world junior indoor record for 1000m (2:15.77) in Stockholm on February 21.

He started athletics in 2004. The son of a footballer, he first wanted to follow in the footsteps of father Khamis, playing as a goalkeeper in his school team. But, in the district where he lived, a lot of youngsters, including his neighbours and schoolmates, used to run and jump everywhere.

Abubaker enjoyed it and wanted to train with them. He defeated them and discovered that he had skills they didn’t have. Three months later he went with his friends to the stadium where he met many athletes. He then decided to train with them. In May, coach Mahmoud Keino took him under his wing and directed him to the 1500m and the 3000m. He ran in 4:09 and 10:22 respectively.

It earned him coach Jama Aden’s support as he advised him to focus on the 1500m, gave him some kit, and decided to take care of him. A few weeks later, in May 2005, he took part in the Eastern Africa Youth Championships, in Tanzania, and was 7th in the 1500m (3:54) and 6th in the 800m (1:56) Encouraged by his times but not by his placings, Kaki then decided to train more and make the necessary sacrifices to reach the top.

With his sights on the 2005 World Youth Championships in Marrakech, Morocco, Kaki tested himself every week at 800m and 1500m. In July, he managed to clinch the 1500m bronze medal in 3:45.06. In September, Tunis hosted the African Junior and the Arab Senior Championships. In the first event he finished 7th in the 800m in 1:50.30 and he took the 800m bronze medal at the Arab Championships in 1:48:43.

In 2006, Kaki opened his season in Khartoum, winning the 800m in 1:47.2. He then set a new personal best at the Rabat meet (1:45.78) but his lack of experience prevented him from scaling the podium at the World Junior Championships, in Beijing, where he had to settle for 6th in 1:48.46. He ended the year with two silver medals at the Arab Junior Championships in Cairo (1:48.36, 800m; 3:47.58, 1500m)

Cheered up by his four sisters and father, who hopes that his only son will become a great champion, Kaki achieved very good results in 2007. First he improved his 800m personal best in Doha, running in 1:45.52, before winning the Khartoum Pan African meet, the Eastern African Championships in Uganda, and the Arab Championships in Jordan.

After a two-week training camp in Morocco, he clinched the first big success of his young career when he claimed the 800m gold at the All Africa Games, in Algiers, in 1:45.22 ahead of stars like Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, of South Africa.

Lacking the experience of big championships, Kaki had an off day at the World Championships, in Osaka, and failed to advance to the semis. But it is just a matter of time for the 18 year old who ended the season strongly, taking the silver medal at the World Military Championships in Hyderabad, India (1:49.22) and two golds, at 800m and 1500m, at the Pan Arab Games, in Cairo. He produced a particularly outstanding performance over two laps in Cairo, recording 1:43.90, the fourth best in the world in 2007.

In 2008, Abubaker Kaki successfully competed in three indoor meetings in his lead-up to the World Indoor Championships. He first clocked 1:46.06  in Leipzig  (second-best at 800m this season) then in the space of a week ran the two leading marks at 1000m, with 2:15.77 in Stockholm and 2:16.15 in Gent, making him one of the favourites for the medals in Valencia


Personal bests

  800m: 1:43.90 (2007) / 1:46.06i (2008)
1000m: 2:15.77i (2008) WJR
1500m: 3:45.06 (2005)

Yearly Progression

2005: 1:48.43; 2006: 1:45.78; 2007: 1:43.90; 2008: 1:46.06i

Career Highlights

2005  3rd  World Youth Championships, 1500m (3:45.06)
2005  3rd Arab Championships, 800m (1:48.43)
2006  6th World Junior Championships, 800m (1:48.46)
2007  1st Arab Championships, 800m (1:45.9)
2007  1st Eastern Africa Championships, 800m (1:45.80)
2007   1st  All Africa Games, 800m (1:45.22)
2007  2nd World Military Championships, 800m (1:49.23)
2007  1st Pan Arab Games, 800m (1:43.90)
2007   1st    Pan Arab Games, 1500m (3:47.92)

Prepared by Taoufik Gacem  for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright  IAAF 2008.

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
800 Metres 1:42.23 Oslo (Bislett) 04 JUN 2010
1000 Metres 2:13.62 Eugene, OR 03 JUL 2010
1500 Metres 3:31.76 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 22 JUL 2011
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
800 Metres 1:44.81 Valencia (Velodromo Luís Puig), ESP 09 MAR 2008
1000 Metres 2:15.77 Stockholm 21 FEB 2008
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
800 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 1:44.09 Eugene, OR 31 MAY
2012 1:43.32 London (OP) 09 AUG
2011 1:43.13 London (CP) 05 AUG
2010 1:42.23 Oslo (Bislett) 04 JUN
2009 1:43.09 Doha 08 MAY
2008 1:42.69 Oslo (Bislett) 06 JUN
2007 1:43.90 Al-Qâhirah 22 NOV
2006 1:45.78 Rabat 10 JUN
2005 1:48.43 Radés 16 SEP
1000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2010 2:13.62 Eugene, OR 03 JUL
2009 2:16.98 Stockholm 31 JUL
2008 2:13.93 Stockholm 22 JUL
1500 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 3:34.34 Doha 11 MAY
2011 3:31.76 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 22 JUL
2009 3:39.89 Sollentuna 25 JUN
2008 3:39.71 Malmö 03 JUN
2006 3:47.58 Al-Qâhirah 04 NOV
2005 3:45.06 Marrakech 17 JUL
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
800 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2013 1:46.57 Birmingham, GBR 16 FEB
2011 1:45.02 Stuttgart 05 FEB
2010 1:46.23 Doha (Aspire Dome) 14 MAR
2008 1:44.81 Valencia (Velodromo Luís Puig), ESP 09 MAR
1000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2011 2:17.55 Stockholm 22 FEB
2009 2:16.23 Stuttgart 07 FEB
2008 2:15.77 Stockholm 21 FEB
Honours - 800 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXX Olympic Games 7 1:43.32 London (OP) 09 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 1:44.41 Daegu 30 AUG 2011
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 1 1:46.23 Doha (Aspire Dome) 14 MAR 2010
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics sf1 DNF Berlin 21 AUG 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games 8sf3 1:49.19 Beijing (National Stadium) 21 AUG 2008
12th IAAF World Junior Championships 1 1:45.60 Bydgoszcz 11 JUL 2008
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 1 1:44.81 Valencia (Velodromo Luís Puig), ESP 09 MAR 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 6h5 1:46.38 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 30 AUG 2007
11th IAAF World Junior Championships 6 1:48.46 Beijing (Chaoyang Sport Center) 18 AUG 2006
Honours - 1500 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
4th IAAF World Youth Championships 3 3:45.06 Marrakech 17 JUL 2005


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Updated 24 February 2008


Abubaker KAKI, Sudan (800m)

Born 21 June 1989, Elmuglad (between Khartoum and Darfour)

Coach: Jama Aden


Abubaker Kaki, a double 800m gold medallist at the All Africa Games in July 2007, in Algiers, and the Pan Arab Games in November, in Cairo, is one of the best junior athletes in the world. He proved it this season when setting a world junior indoor record for 1000m (2:15.77) in Stockholm on February 21.

He started athletics in 2004. The son of a footballer, he first wanted to follow in the footsteps of father Khamis, playing as a goalkeeper in his school team. But, in the district where he lived, a lot of youngsters, including his neighbours and schoolmates, used to run and jump everywhere.

Abubaker enjoyed it and wanted to train with them. He defeated them and discovered that he had skills they didn’t have. Three months later he went with his friends to the stadium where he met many athletes. He then decided to train with them. In May, coach Mahmoud Keino took him under his wing and directed him to the 1500m and the 3000m. He ran in 4:09 and 10:22 respectively.

It earned him coach Jama Aden’s support as he advised him to focus on the 1500m, gave him some kit, and decided to take care of him. A few weeks later, in May 2005, he took part in the Eastern Africa Youth Championships, in Tanzania, and was 7th in the 1500m (3:54) and 6th in the 800m (1:56) Encouraged by his times but not by his placings, Kaki then decided to train more and make the necessary sacrifices to reach the top.

With his sights on the 2005 World Youth Championships in Marrakech, Morocco, Kaki tested himself every week at 800m and 1500m. In July, he managed to clinch the 1500m bronze medal in 3:45.06. In September, Tunis hosted the African Junior and the Arab Senior Championships. In the first event he finished 7th in the 800m in 1:50.30 and he took the 800m bronze medal at the Arab Championships in 1:48:43.

In 2006, Kaki opened his season in Khartoum, winning the 800m in 1:47.2. He then set a new personal best at the Rabat meet (1:45.78) but his lack of experience prevented him from scaling the podium at the World Junior Championships, in Beijing, where he had to settle for 6th in 1:48.46. He ended the year with two silver medals at the Arab Junior Championships in Cairo (1:48.36, 800m; 3:47.58, 1500m)

Cheered up by his four sisters and father, who hopes that his only son will become a great champion, Kaki achieved very good results in 2007. First he improved his 800m personal best in Doha, running in 1:45.52, before winning the Khartoum Pan African meet, the Eastern African Championships in Uganda, and the Arab Championships in Jordan.

After a two-week training camp in Morocco, he clinched the first big success of his young career when he claimed the 800m gold at the All Africa Games, in Algiers, in 1:45.22 ahead of stars like Olympic silver medallist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, of South Africa.

Lacking the experience of big championships, Kaki had an off day at the World Championships, in Osaka, and failed to advance to the semis. But it is just a matter of time for the 18 year old who ended the season strongly, taking the silver medal at the World Military Championships in Hyderabad, India (1:49.22) and two golds, at 800m and 1500m, at the Pan Arab Games, in Cairo. He produced a particularly outstanding performance over two laps in Cairo, recording 1:43.90, the fourth best in the world in 2007.

In 2008, Abubaker Kaki successfully competed in three indoor meetings in his lead-up to the World Indoor Championships. He first clocked 1:46.06  in Leipzig  (second-best at 800m this season) then in the space of a week ran the two leading marks at 1000m, with 2:15.77 in Stockholm and 2:16.15 in Gent, making him one of the favourites for the medals in Valencia


Personal bests

  800m: 1:43.90 (2007) / 1:46.06i (2008)
1000m: 2:15.77i (2008) WJR
1500m: 3:45.06 (2005)

Yearly Progression

2005: 1:48.43; 2006: 1:45.78; 2007: 1:43.90; 2008: 1:46.06i

Career Highlights

2005  3rd  World Youth Championships, 1500m (3:45.06)
2005  3rd Arab Championships, 800m (1:48.43)
2006  6th World Junior Championships, 800m (1:48.46)
2007  1st Arab Championships, 800m (1:45.9)
2007  1st Eastern Africa Championships, 800m (1:45.80)
2007   1st  All Africa Games, 800m (1:45.22)
2007  2nd World Military Championships, 800m (1:49.23)
2007  1st Pan Arab Games, 800m (1:43.90)
2007   1st    Pan Arab Games, 1500m (3:47.92)

Prepared by Taoufik Gacem  for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright  IAAF 2008.