Djabir SAID-GUERNI

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Algeria Algeria
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    29 MAR 1977
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    137299
Djabir Said Guerni of Algeria celebrates winning gold in the 800m (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 46.15 Canberra (AUS) 12 MAR 2000
800 Metres 1:43.09 Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 1999
1000 Metres 2:14.52 Rieti (ITA) 05 SEP 1999
1500 Metres 3:59.00 Algiers (ALG) 08 JUL 1994
4x100 Metres Relay 41.58 Algiers (ALG) 08 JUL 1994

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 46.71 Eaubonne (FRA) 13 FEB 2002
800 Metres 1:47.68 Gent (BEL) 10 FEB 2002

Latest Active Season: 2010

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 49.42 Algiers (ALG) 16 JUL 2010

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010 49.42 Algiers (ALG) 16 JUL 2010
2000 46.15 Canberra (AUS) 12 MAR 2000
1999 46.59 Beirut (LBN) 30 JUN 1999

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2006 1:47.59 Algiers (ALG) 22 JUN 2006
2005 1:44.80 Helsinki (FIN) 12 AUG 2005
2004 1:44.44 Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 2004
2003 1:44.60 Zürich (SUI) 15 AUG 2003
2002 1:44.03 Madrid (ESP) 21 SEP 2002
2001 1:44.55 Milano (ITA) 06 JUN 2001
2000 1:43.25 Bruxelles (BEL) 25 AUG 2000
1999 1:43.09 Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 1999
1998 1:45.72 Praha (CZE) 08 JUN 1998
1997 1:46.84 Beirut (LBN) 14 JUL 1997
1996 1:52.06 Sydney (AUS) 21 AUG 1996

Outdoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
1999 2:14.52 Rieti (ITA) 05 SEP 1999

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
1994 3:59.00 Algiers (ALG) 08 JUL 1994

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
1994 41.58 Algiers (ALG) 08 JUL 1994

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2001/02 46.71 Eaubonne (FRA) 13 FEB 2002

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2001/02 1:47.68 Gent (BEL) 10 FEB 2002
1998/99 1:47.85 Eaubonne (FRA) 23 FEB 1999

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 800 Metres 1:45.16 Sydney (AUS) 27 SEP 2000
7. 800 Metres 1:45.61 Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:44.81 Paris (FRA) 31 AUG 2003
3. 800 Metres 1:44.18 Sevilla (ESP) 29 AUG 1999
5. 800 Metres 1:45.31 Helsinki (FIN) 14 AUG 2005

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 800 Metres 1:44.03 Madrid (ESP) 21 SEP 2002

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:45.52 Radés (TUN) 10 AUG 2002
1. 800 Metres 1:45.88 Algiers (ALG) 12 JUL 2000
3. 800 Metres 1:46.31 Dakar (SEN) 22 AUG 1998

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 800 Metres 1:45.32 Johannesburg (RSA) 16 SEP 1999

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:43.25 Bruxelles (BEL) 25 AUG 2000
1. 800 Metres 1:44.32 Roma (ITA) 30 JUN 2000
1. 800 Metres 1:45.99 Paris (FRA) 23 JUN 2000

Honours - Pan-Arab Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:46.84 Beirut (LBN) 14 JUL 1997

Honours - World Military Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:46.41 Zagreb (CRO) 16 AUG 1999

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x100 Metres Relay 41.58 Algiers (ALG) 08 JUL 1994

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:47.20 Annaba (ALG) 29 JUL 2002
1. 800 Metres 1:47.28 Algiers (ALG) 06 AUG 2000
Results in:

400 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
19 JUN 2010 Bilbao Reunión Internacional ESPESP E F1 6. 49.73
16 JUL 2010 Algiers Algerian Ch. ALGALG B F 6. 49.42


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Djabir Saïd Guerni,  Algeria (800m)

Born 29 March 1977, Algiers

1.87m, 70 kg.

Coach : his father, Zine-El-Abidine Saïd-Guerni

Djabir Saïd Guerni started athletics at age 13. Rapidly showed  potential for middle-distance, recording 3:18 for 1200m at 15, just two seconds outside Noureddine Morcelli's personal best at the same age.

In 1993 selected for national U18 team for meeting with Portugal and Spain in Salamanca. The following year, finished third at 1500m in the ISF Gymnasiade in Cyprus. Meanwhile, older brother Chakib also had a taste of international success in the quartet that clinched a silver in the 4 x 100m at the African Junior Championships in Algiers.

Said Guerni’s coaches, Hemimi Hadj-Sahraoui and Amar Bouras, in charge of the rising elite, saw his future in the 1500m and worked to provide him with a good endurance base. For his part, the young man preferred the 400m. His first attempts at the intermediate distance, 800m, were clocked at about 1:52-1:53.

As a result, he took part to the 800m at the 1996 World Junior Championships having prepared as a 1500m runner and was eliminated in the heats. Then he decided to work under his father Zine, a PE teacher specializing in handball, who advocated training with speed and intensity rather than high mileage.

In 1997 and 1998,  he gained ground on the regional level winning the 1997 Pan Arab Games 800m (1:46.84) and finishing 3rd at the 1998 African Championships in Dakar (1:46.31).

1999 turned to be a breakthrough year. A fortnight after clinching the World Military 800m title, he lowered his PB (1:45.72) through each of three rounds of the Seville World Championships (1:45.65; 1:45.17; 1:44.18) to claim an unexpected bronze. "In the final, I decided to go very early,” he recalls, “starting like a madman and getting caught by Wilson Kipketer (DEN) and Hezekiel Sepeng (RSA) in the end. That year, I felt that I had to take initiative. That is what I needed to get a name in athletics and get introduced to the circuit." At the end of the season, he confirmed his progress with a PB/NR 1:43.09 in Brussels GP.

The following year, after winning the African Championship in Algiers (1:45.88), he arrived in top shape for the Sydney Olympics before pulling a hamstring during a training session in Australia. Hiding his condition, still managed to reach final. Disaster loomed in the collision between Andrea Longo and Andre Bucher at 600m, which kept him from reacting when pace sped up. But a desperate surge from lane 5 enabled him to capture another bronze (1:45.16).

Career-threatening injury to the arch of the foot took him out for 2001. Refused to listen to doctors who told him to retire. Hard work and his father’s support enabled him to return to top level and feature well in the two events that counted most in 2002, retaining the his African Championships title in Tunis (1:45.52) ahead of William Yiampoy (KEN) and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA) and finishing second in the Madrid World Cup (1:44.03) behind Antonio Manuel Reina (ESP).

Preparations for 2003 affected by the health of his father, who underwent heart surgery in May and June. Raced little before the World Championships and was consigned to the B-race in Zurich, which he won (1:44.60). In Paris, ignored by all predictions, he ran a tactically perfect race to take gold in 1:44.81 (second slowest winning time in World Championships history).

In 2004, after placing no better than 3rd in seven races on the GP circuit (season best 1:44.87 in Zurich—the A race, this time) he once again came into the global championship as a dark horse, ready to take advantage of others’ tactical mistakes. After advancing on time from his heat (1:45.94), he took no chances in the semi-final, winning comfortably (1:45.76). In the final he took the lead from the gun and controlled the pace to suit himself but was unable to respond when the field attacked after the bell. He finished 7th (1:45.61). A season’s best in Brussels (1:44.44 for 5th) shows he still has something left for Monaco.

Yearly Progression: 1994 - 1:53; 1995 - 1:51; 1996 - 1:49.7; 1997- 1:46.84; 1998 - 1:45.72; 1999 - 1:43.09;  2000 - 1:43.25;  2001 - 1:44.55; 2002 - 1:44.03; 2003 - 1:44.60 ; 2004 – 1:44.44

In March 2001, Djabir Said Guerni married fellow Algerian Wassila Redouane, a fencer he met at the Sydney Olympics. The couple, who both represented Algeria in Athens as well, are based in Aubervilliers, in the northern suburbs of Paris, just three kilometres from the Stade de France, where Djabir clinched the world title last year. Said Guerni divides his time between France, Algeria, Cuba and the Gulf states, which are his favourite training sites.

Career highlights at 800m:
1997 1st Pan Arab Games / 3rd Mediterranean Games
1998  3rd African Championships
1999   3rd  World Championships / 1st World Military Games /
2000 3rd Olympic Games / 1st African Championships
2001  ---------------- injured  --------------
2002 1st African Championships / 2nd World Cup
2003 1st World Championships
2004 7th Olympic Games
 
Prepared by Carole Fuchs for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. © 2004 IAAF.

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