Amine LAALOU

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    13 MAY 1982
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    170276
Amine Laalou (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 47.75 Marrakesh (MAR) 22 MAY 2005
400 Metres 47.3h Meknés (MAR) 10 JUN 2001
800 Metres 1:43.25 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 2006
1000 Metres 2:15.31 Rabat (MAR) 05 JUN 2011
1500 Metres 3:29.53 Monaco (MON) 22 JUL 2010
One Mile 3:50.22 Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUL 2010
10 Kilometres 28:57 Parma (ITA) 02 JUN 2002
Distance Medley Relay 9:17.48 Philadelphia (USA) 30 APR 2011

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
600 Metres 1:21.70 Stockholm (SWE) 21 FEB 2008
800 Metres 1:45.96 Stockholm (SWE) 20 FEB 2007
1500 Metres 3:37.03 Stockholm (SWE) 23 FEB 2012
One Mile 3:54.49 Fayetteville (USA) 11 FEB 2012

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2016

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1500 Metres 3:43.24 Madrid (ESP) 26 FEB 2016

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005 47.75 Marrakesh (MAR) 22 MAY 2005

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2015 1:45.92 Rabat (MAR) 06 JUN 2015
2012 1:45.28 Rabat (MAR) 27 MAY 2012
2011 1:45.11 Lausanne (SUI) 30 JUN 2011
2010 1:43.71 Doha (QAT) 14 MAY 2010
2009 1:43.36 Hengelo (NED) 01 JUN 2009
2008 1:44.27 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2008
2007 1:43.94 Monaco (MON) 25 JUL 2007
2006 1:43.25 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 2006
2005 1:44.22 Sevilla (ESP) 04 JUN 2005
2004 1:43.68 Zürich (SUI) 06 AUG 2004
2003 1:45.20 Algiers (ALG) 17 JUL 2003
2002 1:47.69 Bucuresti (ROU) 09 JUN 2002
2001 1:47.42 Rabat (MAR) 23 MAY 2001
2000 1:49.00 Meknés (MAR) 15 JUL 2000
1999 1:54.93 Bydgoszcz (POL) 17 JUL 1999

Outdoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 2:15.31 Rabat (MAR) 05 JUN 2011

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2015 3:35.71 Nancy (FRA) 01 JUL 2015
2012 3:36.56 Eugene, OR (USA) 02 JUN 2012
2011 3:31.92 Torino (ITA) 10 JUN 2011
2010 3:29.53 Monaco (MON) 22 JUL 2010
2009 3:31.56 Roma (ITA) 10 JUL 2009

Outdoor

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2012 3:50.43 Oslo (NOR) 07 JUN 2012
2010 3:50.22 Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUL 2010

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2002 28:57 Parma (ITA) 02 JUN 2002

Outdoor

Distance Medley Relay

Performance Place Date
2011 9:17.48 Philadelphia (USA) 30 APR 2011
2010 9:25.38 Philadelphia (USA) 24 APR 2010

Indoor

600 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007/08 1:21.70 Stockholm (SWE) 21 FEB 2008

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007/08 1:48.27 Stockholm (SWE) 21 FEB 2008
2006/07 1:45.96 Stockholm (SWE) 20 FEB 2007
2005/06 1:47.36 Moskva (RUS) 10 MAR 2006
2004/05 1:47.11 Peania (GRE) 20 FEB 2005
2003/04 1:46.57 Budapest (HUN) 07 MAR 2004
2001/02 1:49.37 Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2002

Indoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2015/16 3:43.24 Madrid (ESP) 26 FEB 2016
2011/12 3:37.03 Stockholm (SWE) 23 FEB 2012
2009/10 3:39.96 Doha (QAT) 12 MAR 2010

Indoor

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2011/12 3:54.49 Fayetteville (USA) 11 FEB 2012

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. 800 Metres 1:45.66 Berlin (GER) 23 AUG 2009
6. 800 Metres 1:47.45 Osaka (JPN) 02 SEP 2007

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 800 Metres 1:46.57 Budapest (HUN) 07 MAR 2004
5. 1500 Metres 3:42.42 Doha (QAT) 13 MAR 2010

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 3:35.49 Split (CRO) 04 SEP 2010

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 1500 Metres 3:36.38 Nairobi (KEN) 01 AUG 2010

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 3:32.15 Paris (FRA) 08 JUL 2011

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 800 Metres 1:46.18 Stuttgart (GER) 22 SEP 2007
5. 800 Metres 1:50.03 Stuttgart (GER) 13 SEP 2008
7. 800 Metres 1:47.91 Stuttgart (GER) 09 SEP 2006
7. 800 Metres 1:46.74 Monaco (MON) 18 SEP 2004

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:44.27 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2008
1. 800 Metres 1:43.25 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 2006

Honours - Francophone Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:46.68 Beirut (LBN) 05 OCT 2009
1. 1500 Metres 3:51.59 Beirut (LBN) 02 OCT 2009

Honours - Mediterranean Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:46.76 Pescara (ITA) 02 JUL 2009

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 800 Metres 1:49.94 Réduit (MRI) 19 AUG 2001
Results in:

1500 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
26 FEB 2016 Madrid Reunion Internacional ESPESP C F1 1. 3:43.24


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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.

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