Youssef BABA

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    07 AUG 1979
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    140032

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 1:47.91 Meknés (MAR) 04 JUN 2005
1500 Metres 3:32.13 Doha (QAT) 11 MAY 2007
One Mile 3:52.85 Oslo (NOR) 28 JUL 2000
3000 Metres 7:52.99 Dakar (SEN) 29 APR 2006

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1000 Metres 2:19.76 Stuttgart (GER) 29 JAN 2005
1500 Metres 3:36.89 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2001
2000 Metres 4:58.93 Liévin (FRA) 25 FEB 2001
3000 Metres 7:51.87 Karlsruhe (GER) 27 JAN 2001
Two Miles 8:39.56 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2005

Latest Active Season: 2011

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1500 Metres 3:45.12 Brazzaville (CGO) 12 JUN 2011

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 1:50.13 Izmir (TUR) 22 MAY 2007
2006 1:51.24 Izmir (TUR) 08 JUL 2006
2005 1:47.91 Meknés (MAR) 04 JUN 2005

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 3:45.12 Brazzaville (CGO) 12 JUN 2011
2010 3:35.85 Barcelona (ESP) 09 JUL 2010
2009 3:35.07 Rabat (MAR) 23 MAY 2009
2008 3:33.85 Berlin (GER) 01 JUN 2008
2007 3:32.13 Doha (QAT) 11 MAY 2007
2006 3:36.10 Lausanne (SUI) 11 JUL 2006
2005 3:33.75 Doha (QAT) 13 MAY 2005
2004 3:33.01 Heusden-Zolder (BEL) 31 JUL 2004
2003 3:35.17 San Sebastián (ESP) 10 AUG 2003
2002 3:36.34 Doha (QAT) 15 MAY 2002
2001 3:34.21 Lausanne (SUI) 04 JUL 2001
2000 3:33.92 Roma (ITA) 30 JUN 2000
1999 3:34.51 Lausanne (SUI) 02 JUL 1999

Outdoor

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2008 3:55.63 Oslo (NOR) 06 JUN 2008
2002 3:59.54 Roma (ITA) 12 JUL 2002
2001 3:55.10 Eugene, OR (USA) 27 MAY 2001
2000 3:52.85 Oslo (NOR) 28 JUL 2000
1999 3:53.64 Roma (ITA) 07 JUL 1999

Outdoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2006 7:52.99 Dakar (SEN) 29 APR 2006
2002 7:54.86 Hengelo (NED) 02 JUN 2002

Indoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005/06 2:21.80 Stuttgart (GER) 04 FEB 2006
2004/05 2:19.76 Stuttgart (GER) 29 JAN 2005

Indoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007/08 3:38.10 Athina (GRE) 13 FEB 2008
2005/06 3:40.14 Karlsruhe (GER) 29 JAN 2006
2003/04 3:37.87 Birmingham (GBR) 20 FEB 2004
2000/01 3:36.89 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2001

Indoor

2000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2000/01 4:58.93 Liévin (FRA) 25 FEB 2001

Indoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2000/01 7:51.87 Karlsruhe (GER) 27 JAN 2001

Indoor

Two Miles

Performance Place Date
2004/05 8:39.56 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2005

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. 1500 Metres 3:57.79 Budapest (HUN) 07 MAR 2004
8. 1500 Metres 3:44.50 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 3:42.07 Algiers (ALG) 14 JUL 2000

Honours - Francophone Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 1500 Metres 3:46.84 Niamey (NIG) 16 DEC 2005

Honours - Pan-Arab Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 3:46.32 Algiers (ALG) 05 OCT 2004
Results in:

1500 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
12 JUN 2011 Brazzaville CAA Grand Prix CGOCGO D F 11. 3:45.12
25 JUN 2011 Casablanca Moroccan Ch. MARMAR B F 3. 3:46.01


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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.

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