Abubaker KAKI

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Sudan Sudan
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    21 JUN 1989
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    208553
Sudanese 800m runner Kaki Abubaker (Getty images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 1:42.23 Oslo (NOR) 04 JUN 2010
1000 Metres 2:13.62 Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUL 2010
1500 Metres 3:31.76 Monaco (MON) 22 JUL 2011
4x400 Metres Relay 3:08.52 Nairobi (KEN) 01 AUG 2010

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 1:44.81 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008
1000 Metres 2:15.77 Stockholm (SWE) 21 FEB 2008

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2016

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 1:49.97 Doha (QAT) 06 MAY 2016
1500 Metres 3:39.76 Djibouti (DJI) 31 MAR 2016

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016 1:49.97 Doha (QAT) 06 MAY 2016
2014 1:44.09 Eugene, OR (USA) 31 MAY 2014
2012 1:43.32 London (GBR) 09 AUG 2012
2011 1:43.13 London (GBR) 05 AUG 2011
2010 1:42.23 Oslo (NOR) 04 JUN 2010
2009 1:43.09 Doha (QAT) 08 MAY 2009
2008 1:42.69 Oslo (NOR) 06 JUN 2008
2007 1:43.90 Cairo (EGY) 22 NOV 2007
2006 1:45.78 Rabat (MAR) 10 JUN 2006
2005 1:48.43 Tunis (TUN) 16 SEP 2005

Outdoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010 2:13.62 Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUL 2010
2009 2:16.98 Stockholm (SWE) 31 JUL 2009
2008 2:13.93 Stockholm (SWE) 22 JUL 2008

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016 3:39.76 Djibouti (DJI) 31 MAR 2016
2015 3:53.40 Manama (BRN) 25 APR 2015
2012 3:34.34 Doha (QAT) 11 MAY 2012
2011 3:31.76 Monaco (MON) 22 JUL 2011
2009 3:39.89 Sollentuna (SWE) 25 JUN 2009
2008 3:39.71 Malmö (SWE) 03 JUN 2008
2007 3:47.92 Cairo (EGY) 24 NOV 2007
2006 3:47.58 Cairo (EGY) 04 NOV 2006
2005 3:45.06 Marrakesh (MAR) 17 JUL 2005

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2010 3:08.52 Nairobi (KEN) 01 AUG 2010

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012/13 1:46.57 Birmingham (GBR) 16 FEB 2013
2010/11 1:45.02 Stuttgart (GER) 05 FEB 2011
2009/10 1:46.23 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010
2007/08 1:44.81 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008

Indoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010/11 2:17.55 Stockholm (SWE) 22 FEB 2011
2008/09 2:16.23 Stuttgart (GER) 07 FEB 2009
2007/08 2:15.77 Stockholm (SWE) 21 FEB 2008

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. 800 Metres 1:43.32 London (GBR) 09 AUG 2012

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 800 Metres 1:44.41 Daegu (KOR) 30 AUG 2011

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:46.23 Doha (QAT) 14 MAR 2010
1. 800 Metres 1:44.81 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:45.60 Bydgoszcz (POL) 11 JUL 2008
6. 800 Metres 1:48.46 Beijing (CHN) 18 AUG 2006

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 1500 Metres 3:45.06 Marrakesh (MAR) 17 JUL 2005

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:08.52 Nairobi (KEN) 01 AUG 2010

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:45.22 Algiers (ALG) 20 JUL 2007

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:43.71 Eugene, OR (USA) 02 JUN 2012
1. 800 Metres 1:44.54 Birmingham (GBR) 10 JUL 2011
1. 800 Metres 1:43.68 Eugene, OR (USA) 04 JUN 2011
1. 800 Metres 1:44.38 London (GBR) 13 AUG 2010
1. 800 Metres 1:43.10 Monaco (MON) 22 JUL 2010
1. 800 Metres 1:43.50 Paris-St-Denis (FRA) 16 JUL 2010
1. 1000 Metres 2:13.62 Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUL 2010

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:42.69 Oslo (NOR) 06 JUN 2008

Honours - Pan-Arab Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 3:47.92 Cairo (EGY) 24 NOV 2007
1. 800 Metres 1:43.90 Cairo (EGY) 22 NOV 2007
Results in:

800 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
06 MAY 2016 Doha IAAF Diamond League QATQAT E F 9. 1:49.97
25 JUN 2016 Bilbao Reunion Internacional De Atletismo ESPESP D F1 9. 1:50.36

1500 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
31 MAR 2016 Djibouti Meeting Internationale DJIDJI E F 3. 3:39.76


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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.