Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr

Athlete Profile

    Sudan Sudan
    22 FEB 1986
Sudan’s Nagmeldine Ali Abubakr in Tunis (Slim Gomri)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
100 Metres 10.79 Kampala 30 MAY 2004
200 Metres 20.83 Khartoum 25 MAY 2006
200 Metres 20.83 Khartoum 21 MAY 2009
300 Metres 32.49 Sestriere 23 JUL 2005
400 Metres 44.93 Makkah 14 APR 2005

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
400 Metres 47.16 Budapest (Sportaréna) 23 FEB 2004

Progression - Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2004 10.79 Kampala 30 MAY

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2009 20.83 Khartoum 21 MAY
2006 20.83 Khartoum 25 MAY
2005 20.95 -1.5 Radés 04 SEP
2003 20.93 +0.3 Amman 09 SEP

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005 32.49 Sestriere 23 JUL

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009 45.42 Abuja 18 JUL
2008 45.64 Addis Ababa 02 MAY
2007 45.25 Alger 19 JUL
2006 45.52 Brazzaville 21 MAY
2005 44.93 Makkah 14 APR
2004 45.76 Rabat 19 JUN
2003 45.22 Abuja 13 OCT
2002 47.90 Germiston 25 JAN

Progression - Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004 47.16 Budapest (Sportaréna) 23 FEB

Honours - 400 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 6h3 46.48 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 18 AUG 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games 8h3 47.12 Beijing (National Stadium) 18 AUG 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics h6 DNF Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 28 AUG 2007
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 6sf2 46.67 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 10 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 6h7 46.32 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 20 AUG 2004
10th IAAF World Junior Championships 2 45.97 Grosseto (Stadio Zecchini) 15 JUL 2004
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships 4h5 47.85 Budapest (Sportaréna) 05 MAR 2004
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7h3 46.78 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 23 AUG 2003
3rd IAAF World Youth Championships 1 46.10 Sherbrooke 12 JUL 2003

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Updated 21 November 2007

Nagmeldin Ali ABUBAKR, Sudan (400m)

Born 15 August 1986, Darfour

Coach: Jama Aden

Born in Darfour, like other Sudanese champions Ahmed Ismail and Adam El Nour, Nagmeldin Ali Abubakr moved to the capital Khartoum at the age of 6, as his parents were looking for a better life for themselves and their six children.

The youngster who has rapidly grown into world class, winning the 400m at the 2003 World Youth championships two years after taking to the sport, and taking  the silver at the World Juniors the following year, started as a football player. One day in 2001, he took part in the school championships in the long jump - and 4.60m was enough for coach Mahmoud Keino to spot him and take him to Khartoum’s national training centre where the best Sudanese sportsmen are gathered. 

Nagmeldin was first introduced to the short sprints. After a few months, he managed to clock 10.8 and 22.0 on 100m and 200m. Following the intervention of expert Mahjoub Said, he switched to the 400m and started working with Jama Aden. At the end of 2002, he managed to run a time of 47.81 for the full lap.

The following year, Nagmeldin clinched the gold medal at the World Youth Championships, in Sherbrooke, breaking the championships record in 46.10. He was welcomed back to Khartoum as a hero. He completed his season with a silver medal in a new PB (45.22) at the All Africa Games in Abuja (Nigeria), and another second place in 45.44 at the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad (India). All his family is proud of their only child doing sports and they come to the stadium to cheer him each time he is on the track in Khartoum.

Nagmeldin made a good debut in 2004, but after meets in Rabat (45.76) and Alger (45.6), he sustained a hamstring injury. Forced to adjust his programme, he was underprepared for Grosseto and had to settle for the silver medal at the World Junior Championships.

Upset, but not so disappointed, he spent a lot of time watching the races of his idol, Michael Johnson. Dreaming of following his path, he joined the Dakar High Performance Training Centre in December 2004, a move that was quickly rewarded with a PB and African junior record of 44.93 at the Islamic Solidarity Games. in April 2005, in Mekkah. He then recorded victories in Doha (45.52), Villeneuve d’Ascq (45.47), Strasbourg (45.61) and second places in Stockholm (45.87) and Torino (45.52).

But he could do no better than 6th (46.67) in his semi-final at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. Back in the age categories, he brought home three golds from the African Junior Championships in Tunis (200m: 20.95 – 400m: 46.09 – 4 x 400) before winning the Pan-Arab Championship, again in Tunis, in 45.66.

In 2006, following two victories in Abidjan (45.84) and Dakar (46.14), a knee injury slowed down his preparation in the beginning of May. Upon his return he won meets in Brazzaville (45.52), Khartoum (46.8), Tunis (45.93) and placed second in Algiers (45.90). However those second category events were not up to his ambitions, so he decided to cut short his season to take time to treat his knee and better prepare for 2007.

His integration in Dakar has proven difficult because of his shyness and language difficulties. In 2005 he could rely on Egyptian sprinter Amr Ibrahim Mostafa Seoud to translate for him in Arabic but that has no longer been the case since 2006.

He did, however, go back to Senegal for the winter training. After a 4th place at the Dakar meet in 47.48 on 28 April he went back to Sudan prior to the Arab Championships in Amman where he finished only 3rd (46.81) before carrying on with two wins in the Pan-African Khartoum meeting on 23 May (20.92/46.26) and the East Africa Championships in Kampala (21.12/45.90)

After that he didn’t return to Dakar HPTC but decided instead to join coach Jama Aden and the Sudanese elite at a training camp in Morocco which was crowned by a promising 45.61 victory at Morocco’s national championships in Meknès, three weeks before the All Africa Games.

In the Algerian capital, Nagmeldin achieved the leading time in the semi-finals (45.25) but was unable to continue his success in the Final finishing only 6th in 46.29.

Going into the World Championships in Osaka, Nagmeldin’s aim was to reach the Final, but he was to suffer another disappointment. After a good start in his first round heat he felt a sharp pain in his right hamstring and abandoned half-way through the race.

The Sudanese quarter miler bounced back on 15 October to take the World Military Games titles in Hyderabad in 46.00.

Nagmeldin Ali Aboubakr – who has been training in Egypt for the past two weeks - now hopes to end the year with another success at the Pan Arab Games in Cairo, where he will be competing over both 200m and 400m.

Yearly Progression
2002 – 47.81; 2003 – 20.93 / 45.22; 2004 – 21.11 / 45.76; 2005 -  20.95 / 44.93 ; 2006 – 20.9 / 45.52 ; 2007 – 20.92 / 45.25 

Personal bests
200m: 20.92 (2007)
400m: 44.93 (2005)

Career highlights
2007   1st  World Military Games (46.00)
2007   6th  All Africa Games (46.29)
2007  1st  East African Championships (45.90, 21.12)
2007  3rd  Arab Championships (46.81)
2005  1st  African Junior Championships (46.09, 20.95)
2005  1st  Arab Championships (45.66)
2005  1st Islamic Solidarity Games (44.93)
2004   2nd  World Junior Championships (45.97)
2004  2nd  Pan Arab Games (45.84)
2004  1st  Arab Junior Championships (46.92)
2003  1st World Youth Championships (46.10)
2003  2nd  All Africa Games (45.22)
2003  2nd Afro-Asian Games (45.44)
2002  2nd Arab Junior Championships (47.81)

Prepared by Taoufik Gacem for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. © IAAF 2007.

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