Hamdi Dhouibi

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Tunisia Tunisia
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    24 JAN 1982
Hamdi Dhouibi of Tunisia in the Decathlon's High Jump (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
100 Metres 10.74 +1.0 Radés 08 AUG 2002
100 Metres 10.74 0.0 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 10 MAY 2003
100 Metres 10.74 +1.0 Radés 08 AUG 2002
100 Metres 10.74 0.0 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 10 MAY 2003
400 Metres 47.04 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 09 AUG 2005
1500 Metres 4:21.15 Almería 30 JUN 2005
1500 Metres 4:21.15 Almería 30 JUN 2005
110 Metres Hurdles 14.12 +1.8 Tunis 13 APR 2003
High Jump 1.99 Almería 29 JUN 2005
High Jump 1.99 Almería 29 JUN 2005
Pole Vault 5.05 Nabeul 01 JAN 2006
Long Jump 7.49 +0.6 Gent 01 JAN 2002
Shot Put 14.55 Arles 07 JUN 2008
Discus Throw 44.37 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 01 SEP 2007
Javelin Throw 57.91 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 08 MAY 2011
Decathlon 8023 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 10 AUG 2005

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
60 Metres 6.98 Aubière 28 FEB 2003
1000 Metres 2:44.68 Aubière 01 MAR 2003
60 Metres Hurdles 8.11 Aubière 01 MAR 2003
High Jump 1.95 Aubière 28 FEB 2003
Pole Vault 4.50 Aubière 01 MAR 2003
Long Jump 7.39 Aubière 28 FEB 2003
Shot Put 12.58 Aubière 28 FEB 2003
Heptathlon 5733 Aubière 01 MAR 2003

Progression - Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2011 11.06 -0.2 Talence (Stade de Thouars) 17 SEP
2010 10.96 +1.3 Talence (Stade de Thouars) 18 SEP
2008 11.10 -0.3 Woerden 30 AUG
2007 10.88 +1.7 Alger 18 JUL
2006 11.01 +0.8 Ratingen (Stadionring) 24 JUN
2005 10.88 -1.3 Salò 07 MAY
2004 11.26 -3.0 Alger 04 OCT
2003 10.74 0.0 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 10 MAY
2003 10.74 0.0 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 10 MAY
2002 10.74 +1.0 Radés 08 AUG
2002 10.74 +1.0 Radés 08 AUG
2001 10.84 Tunis 11 SEP

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 48.87 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 07 MAY
2010 48.88 Kladno 15 JUN
2008 48.51 Woerden 30 AUG
2007 47.59 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 31 AUG
2006 48.52 Arles 03 JUN
2005 47.04 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 09 AUG
2004 47.14 Alger 04 OCT
2003 47.67 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 11 MAY
2003 47.67 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 10 MAY
2002 48.48 Radés 08 AUG
2001 49.61 Tunis 11 SEP
2001 49.61 Ottawa, CAN 20 JUL

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 4:32.37 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 08 MAY
2010 4:41.75 Kladno 16 JUN
2008 4:28.89 Arles 08 JUN
2007 4:31.08 Alger 19 JUL
2006 4:33.75 Arles 04 JUN
2005 4:21.15 Almería 30 JUN
2005 4:21.15 Almería 30 JUN
2004 4:40.64 Alger 05 OCT
2003 4:28.92 Arles 08 JUN
2002 4:38.98 Radés 09 AUG
2001 4:31.15 Tunis 12 SEP

110 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2011 14.83 -0.7 Albi 29 JUL
2010 14.69 +0.5 Kladno 16 JUN
2008 14.63 -0.8 Woerden 31 AUG
2007 14.36 +0.1 Alger 19 JUL
2006 14.81 -1.9 Bambous 10 AUG
2005 14.56 -1.9 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 10 AUG
2004 14.56 Alger 05 OCT
2003 14.12 +1.8 Tunis 13 APR
2002 14.48 +1.7 Radés 09 AUG
2001 14.98 Tunis 12 SEP
2001 14.98 +0.3 Ottawa, CAN 21 JUL

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2011 1.91 Talence (Stade de Thouars) 17 SEP
2010 1.95 Nairobi 28 JUL
2008 1.93 Woerden 30 AUG
2007 1.85 Alger 18 JUL
2006 1.97 Bambous 09 AUG
2005 1.99 Almería 29 JUN
2005 1.99 Almería 29 JUN
2004 1.92 Alger 04 OCT
2003 1.91 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 10 MAY
2002 1.97 Radés 08 AUG
2002 1.97 Radés 08 AUG
2001 1.86 Ottawa, CAN 20 JUL

Pole Vault

Performance Place Date
2011 4.70 Talence (Stade de Thouars) 18 SEP
2010 4.70 Nairobi 31 JUL
2008 4.95 Arles 08 JUN
2007 5.00 Alger 19 JUL
2006 5.05 Nabeul 01 JAN
2005 5.00 Almería 30 JUN
2005 5.00 Almería 30 JUN
2004 4.40 Alger 05 OCT
2003 4.82 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 11 MAY
2002 5.00 Wien 30 JUN
2001 4.90 Ottawa, CAN 21 JUL
1999 4.40 Bydgoszcz (Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak) 16 JUL

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2011 6.78 -2.7 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 07 MAY
2010 7.02 +1.6 Nairobi 28 JUL
2008 7.01 +2.0 Arles 07 JUN
2007 7.15 +1.1 Götzis (Mösle-Stadium) 26 MAY
2005 7.48 +0.5 Almería 29 JUN
2005 7.48 +0.5 Almería 29 JUN
2004 6.69 -1.2 Alger 04 OCT
2003 7.25 0.0 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 10 MAY
2002 7.49 +0.6 Gent 01 JAN
2001 7.44 +1.8 Tunis 11 SEP

Shot Put

Performance Place Date
2011 14.54 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 07 MAY
2010 14.22 Nairobi 28 JUL
2008 14.55 Arles 07 JUN
2007 13.89 Alger 18 JUL
2006 13.91 Arles 03 JUN
2005 12.85 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 09 AUG
2004 13.74 Alger 04 OCT
2003 13.91 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 10 MAY
2003 13.91 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 10 MAY
2002 12.58 Radés 08 AUG
2001 11.91 Ottawa, CAN 20 JUL

Discus Throw

Performance Place Date
2011 43.91 Albi 29 JUL
2010 43.90 Kladno 16 JUN
2008 41.87 Woerden 31 AUG
2007 44.37 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 01 SEP
2006 38.19 Bambous 10 AUG
2005 41.53 Salò 08 MAY
2004 43.80 Alger 05 OCT
2003 42.64 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 11 MAY
2002 43.96 Radés 09 AUG
2002 43.96 Radés 09 AUG
2001 39.17 Ottawa, CAN 21 JUL

Javelin Throw

Performance Place Date
2011 57.91 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 08 MAY
2010 50.83 Kladno 16 JUN
2008 55.26 Arles 08 JUN
2007 52.99 Alger 19 JUL
2006 50.93 Bambous 10 AUG
2005 52.83 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 10 AUG
2004 51.13 Alger 05 OCT
2003 45.33 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 11 MAY
2002 55.12 Radés 09 AUG
2002 55.12 Radés 09 AUG
2001 54.34 Tunis 12 SEP

Decathlon

Performance Place Date
2011 7731 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 08 MAY
2010 7539 Kladno 16 JUN
2008 7729 Woerden 31 AUG
2007 7838 Alger 19 JUL
2006 7566 Bambous 10 AUG
2005 8023 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 10 AUG
2004 7595 Alger 05 OCT
2003 7851 Desenzano del Garda (Stadio Tre Stelle) 11 MAY
2002 7965 Radés 09 AUG
2001 7548 Ottawa, CAN 21 JUL

Progression - Indoor

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2003 6.98 Aubière 28 FEB

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2003 2:44.68 Aubière 01 MAR

60 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2003 8.11 Aubière 01 MAR

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2003 1.95 Aubière 28 FEB

Pole Vault

Performance Place Date
2003 4.50 Aubière 01 MAR

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2003 7.39 Aubière 28 FEB

Shot Put

Performance Place Date
2003 12.58 Aubière 28 FEB

Heptathlon

Performance Place Date
2003 5733 Aubière 01 MAR

Honours - Pole Vault

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
1st IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup 2010 f DNS Split (Poljud Stadion) 05 SEP 2010
1st IAAF World Youth Championships 18q1 4.40 Bydgoszcz (Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak) 16 JUL 1999

Honours - Decathlon

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics DNF Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 01 SEP 2007
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 11 8023 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 10 AUG 2005
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics DNF Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 27 AUG 2003


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Updated18 August 2007

Hamdi DHOUIBI, Tunisia (decathlon)

Born 24 January 1982, Kairouan; 1.90m / 85kg

Coach: Karim Sassi

Club : AC Nabeul

Hamdi Dhouibi, the African champion and record holder for the Decathlon, started athletics very young. Hailing from a sporting family, his model was his elder sister Hanane, Arab and Tunisian champion in the Heptathlon and High Jump. But they are not the only ones from the family who are into athletics - Hamdi’s other sister, Seloua, is a Javelin specialist while younger brother, Ameur, is a promising hurdler.

At school Hamdi was easily singled out for being by far the tallest and possessing a sportsman’s physique. He started playing handball at school in 1993 and could have enjoyed a bright career in the sport, according to one of his former coaches. But, one day, he followed Hanane to a training session at Nabeul’s stadium and was hooked on athletics.

Under his first coach, Ahmed Slama, Dhouibi became Tunisian under-16 champion in the Pole Vault, his first love. In 1999, he was selected for the World Youth Championships, in Bydgoszcz, Poland, finishing 18th (4.40) in the Pole Vault qualification round. The following year he was advised to try Decathlon and was immediately successful.

In his first year of training he was Tunisian champion with 6186 points. He also won almost all the races and field events he took part at the individual senior championships and, in July, he broke the national junior record with 6961 points. At the end of August he set the national junior record in the Long Jump (7.41m). 

To improve his training, and find better competition, Dhouibi enlisted with Qatar club, Al Sad, and Uzbek coach Ramil Ganiyev who himself had a best of 8445 points. Ganiyev instilled in him the decathlon culture, taught him to combine the taste of victory with fun. Dhouibi broke the 7000 points barrier for the first time at the 2001 Qatar Championships, setting a new Tunisian junior record of 7136 points, before getting back to Tunisia in May that year.

At the national junior championships, in early July, Dhouibi improved his national junior Long Jump record (7.44m), scoring 6830 points despite a no-mark in the discus. In the same month, at the Francophone Games in Ottawa, he showed a huge improvement, setting a Tunisian, Arab and African junior record of 7548 points. It put him 7th on the 2001 World Junior list. Moving from success to success, at the African Junior Championships, in Mauritius, he clinched gold in the Pole Vault (4.60m) and bronzes in the Long Jump (7.18m) and 110m hurdles (15.37).

A few weeks later (September 2001), at the Mediterranean Games, in Tunis, Dhouibi won the silver medal with 7530 points and became a national hero. He was offered a scholarship to train at Mauritius high performance centre, which he turned down to work with Ganiyev in Tunis. Ganiyev landed in Tunisia in June 2002, in charge of Dhouibi’s preparation for the 2003 World Championships, in Paris, and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Results were immediate. In August 2002, at the Tunis-held African Championships, Dhouibi broke the area record with 7965 points. Furthermore, he started 2003 on a high note, breaking the African record for the indoor Heptathlon at the French Championships in Aubière (5733 points). In April he improved Tunisia’s record for the 110m Hurdles (14.12) and scored 7851 points for his first Decathlon in Desenzano.

Sadly, though, a series of injuries to Dhouibi’s back and shoulder marred the following months. Then, at the World Championships, he pulled out after the Shot Put because of a groin injury that demanded 6 months’ treatment. Getting back into training proved difficult and required the support of the entire Dhouibi family.

Dhouibi returned to Qatar for a two-month training camp prior to the Olympics but the pain revisited him. After treatment, he took part in the Tunisian Championships, in July, clinching bronze in the 110m Hurdles (14.2) and helping his club to win the 4 x 100m. But, unable to reach a decent level, he pulled out of Athens. His only Decathlon in 2004 was at the Pan-Arab Games, in Algiers, in October, which he won (7595)

In 2005, Dhouibi switched back to former coach, Karim Sassi, to prepare for the World Championships, in Helsinki. In succession, he scored 7774 points in Salò, 7919 in Arles and 7847 for the bronze medal at the Mediterranean Games in Almeria. Then, in Helsinki, Dhouibi produced the best Decathlon of his young career, placing 11th with an African record (8023). In so doing he became the first African over 8000 points.

Dhouibi and Sassi had only one target for 2006 - the African title in Mauritius. At his first meeting, in Arles, he recorded a good wind-aided score of 7868 points. In Mauritius he took an easy gold (7566), and Pole Vault bronze (4.80) and was selected as a reserve for the African team for World Cup, in Athens.

In 2007, Dhouibi started specific work to improve on his weaknesses, notably in the throws, with a view to success at the World Championships, in Osaka. But for his first test, in Götzis, he pulled out after 4 events with a toe injury. He returned in July, at the All Africa Games, in Algiers, winning without difficulty (7838) and adding another Pole Vault (bronze (4.90m).

With the arrival in June of Canadian scientific expert, Denis Methode, to help him polish his preparation, Dhouibi hopes to better his African record and leave a lasting impression in Osaka.

 

Yearly progression


2000: 6961; 2001: 7548; 2002: 7965; 2003: 7851; 2004: 7596; 2005: 8023; 2006: 7566; 2007: 7838

Personal bests

Decathlon:    8023 (2005)
Heptathlon (indoors):  5733 (2003)
100m     (10.55/10.74*)
400m     (47.04)
1500m    (4:21.15)
110m Hurdles   (14.04w/14.12)
High Jump    (1.99)
Pole Vault    (5.10)
Long Jump    (7.49)
Shot Put    (13.91)
Discus Throw   (43.96)
Javelin Throw   (55.12)
*doubt over 10.55


Career highlights

2001   2nd  Francophone Games  (7548)
2001  2nd Mediterranean Games (7530)
2002  1st  African Championships (7965)
2004  1st Pan-Arab Games (7596)
2005  3rd  Mediterranean Games (7847)
2005  11th  World Championships (8023)
2006   1st  African Championships (7566)
2007   1st  All-Africa Games (7838)

 


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

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