Deji Aliu

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Nigeria Nigeria
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    22 NOV 1975
Deji Aliu at the start of the African Games 100m in Abuja (Olukayode Thomas)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
100 Metres 9.95 +0.6 Abuja 12 OCT 2003
200 Metres 20.25 +0.8 Athína 10 JUN 2002

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
50 Metres 5.61 Liévin 21 FEB 1999
60 Metres 6.48 Liévin 21 FEB 1999

Progression - Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2008 10.26 +0.2 Abuja 02 JUL
2007 10.22 +1.7 Dakar 28 APR
2006 10.20 -0.4 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 03 JUL
2005 10.19 +1.0 Lugano 04 JUN
2004 10.07 +0.6 Iráklio 04 JUL
2003 9.95 +0.6 Abuja 12 OCT
2002 10.03 +0.7 Athína 10 JUN
2001 10.07 +0.1 Lausanne (Pontaise) 04 JUL
2000 10.15 +1.1 Lisboa 05 AUG
1999 10.11 0.0 Johannesburg 15 SEP
1999 10.11 0.0 Johannesburg 14 SEP
1998 10.46 +0.7 Nice 16 JUL
1997 10.20 0.0 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 05 JUN
1996 10.26 -0.3 Atlanta (Olympic Stadium), GA 26 JUL
1995 10.02 -0.1 Bauchi 18 MAR
1994 10.21 +1.2 Lisboa (Estadio Universitario) 21 JUL

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2006 21.42 -0.5 Cagliari 21 MAY
2003 20.49 0.0 Tríkala 24 JUN
2003 20.49 +0.8 Villeneuve-d'Ascq 15 JUN
2002 20.25 +0.8 Athína 10 JUN
2001 20.55 +0.2 Osaka 12 MAY
2000 20.78 -1.1 Novo Mesto, SLO 24 MAY
1999 20.43 +0.8 Réthimno 29 MAY
1998 20.43 0.0 Johannesburg 27 MAR
1997 20.46 +0.8 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 26 AUG
1995 20.99 -0.7 Nice 12 JUL
1994 20.88 +1.7 Lisboa (Estadio Universitario) 23 JUL
1992 21.44 Seoul (Olympic Stadium) 19 SEP

Progression - Indoor

50 Metres

Performance Place Date
2003 5.65 Liévin 23 FEB
2001 5.65 Liévin 25 FEB
1999 5.61 Liévin 21 FEB
1997 5.65 Madrid 05 FEB

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 6.78 Eaubonne 08 FEB
2006 6.69 Gent 26 FEB
2005 6.57 Gent 06 FEB
2003 6.53 Liévin 23 FEB
2003 6.53 Gent 09 FEB
2001 6.54 Gent 23 FEB
1999 6.48 Liévin 21 FEB
1997 6.55 Madrid 05 FEB

Honours - 60 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 4h7 6.78 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 10 MAR 2006
9th IAAF World Indoor Championships 8 6.72 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 14 MAR 2003
8th IAAF World Indoor Championships f DQ Lisboa (Atlantic Pavillion) 11 MAR 2001
7th IAAF World Indoor Championships 5 6.58 Maebashi (Green Dome) 07 MAR 1999
6th IAAF World Indoor Championships sf1 DQ Paris-Bercy (Palais Omnisports) 07 MAR 1997

Honours - 100 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 5qf3 10.39 +0.7 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 06 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 5qf2 10.26 0.0 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 21 AUG 2004
1st IAAF World Athletics Final 6 10.18 +1.9 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 13 SEP 2003
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 5 10.21 0.0 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 25 AUG 2003
27th Olympic Games 6sf2 10.32 +0.2 Sydney (Olympic Stadium) 23 SEP 2000
7th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 4qf5 10.22 -0.2 Sevilla (La Cartuja) 21 AUG 1999
XXVI Olympic Games 4qf1 10.26 -0.3 Atlanta (Olympic Stadium), GA 26 JUL 1996
5th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 5qf2 10.36 0.0 Göteborg (Ullevi Stadium) 05 AUG 1995
5th IAAF World Junior Championships 1 10.21 +1.2 Lisboa (Estadio Universitario) 21 JUL 1994

Honours - 200 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
6th IAAF World Championships In Athletics 7sf2 20.78 -0.2 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 07 AUG 1997
5th IAAF World Championships in Athletics h6 DNS +1.0 Göteborg (Ullevi Stadium) 10 AUG 1995
5th IAAF World Junior Championships 2 20.88 +1.7 Lisboa (Estadio Universitario) 23 JUL 1994
4th IAAF World Junior Championships 4sf2 21.44 Seoul (Olympic Stadium) 19 SEP 1992


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Deji Aliu, Nigeria
(100/200 m)

Born 22 November 1975, Lagos; hails from Owan East in Edo State, mid-west Nigeria.

Married former athlete (Marathon, 400m) Muti Aina December 2003.

Lives and trains in Lagos (where he has built a house) and in Siena, Italy.

Manager: Enrico Dionizi

1.87m / 75kg. Second of seven children, four boys and three girls. Father a retired military officer (warrant officer); mother a housewife. Brother Musa Deji also an athlete, training in Sienna.

Aliu’s first step towards national prominence came in 1991 when he was spotted by Abel Akhigbe, coach of Lagos-based NITEL Athletics Club during a local high school competition in Lagos. Akhigbe saw Aliu’s school, Obele Community High School, run in prelims of the 4x100m relay and suggested reorganizing the relay legs, putting Aliu at anchor. The team  won.

Aliu was recruited into NITEL A.C. and entered in local meetings, including the monthly AFN Classic Competitions, in which he was named best overall at 100m  from 1992-1995. In 1995, he set the Classic record, 10.02, which has yet to be broken.

First international appearance for Nigeria at 1992 World Junior Championships in Seoul, where he ran second leg in the 4x100 (teammates: Tony Ogbeta, Uche Olisa and Paul Egonye), winning the bronze medal (39.88).

Two years later won both 100 (10.61) and 200 (21.34) at inaugural African Junior Championships in Algiers. Then defeated Francis Obikwelu (now competing for Portugal) to take 100m at the MKO Abiola U-20 competition in Benin City and qualified for 1994 World Juniors in Lisbon, where he won the 100 in 10.17 and took silver in the 200.

In 1995 moved up to senior ranks and reached quarter-finals of the 100m at Göteborg World Championships; had similar result the following year at the Atlanta Olympics, but got to the semifinals at 200m in the 1997 Athens World Championships.

Something of a breakthrough in 1999: 5th place finish and two African indoor 60m records (6.48) at Indoor World Championships in Maebashi. Reached only qf round in 100m at outdoor World Championships in Seville, but earned share of Nigeria’s 4x100 bronze. Then finished 4th in 100m at All-African Games in Johannesburg and won relay gold. A year later he improved on his Atlanta Olympic performance by reaching 100m semifinals in Sydney, and in 2002 he finished 4th in the 100m at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.

Dubbed the “nearly man” of Nigerian athletics by the local press for his inability to transfer his impressive showings on the European track circuit to the local stage, Aliu finally came of age in 2003, winning his first national title by outrunning Uchenna Emedolu over 100m at Nigeria’s National Championships. He repeated his victory over Emedolu at the 8th All African Games in Abuja, where he scorched to a 9.95 PB – his first major gold medal since his 1994 junior titles.

2003 also saw Aliu reach his first outdoor global final at the World Championships in Paris, where he finished 7th.

This year, Aliu has shown only a brief flash of his 2003 form, running 10.07 to win the Athens Super GP in early July. He was beaten in the 100m at the Nigerian Athens Olympic trials by unsung Tamunosiki Atoridibo (10.07 to 10.11) and has been hobbled since mid-July with a knee injury, but he expects to recover in time to be a full strength for Athens.

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