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Abdihakem Abdirahman

Abdihakem Abdirahman
Abdihakem Abdirahman at the 2004 Olympics.
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1977-01-01) January 1, 1977
Mogadishu, Somalia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)
Sport Track, Long-distance running
Event(s) 10,000 meters, Marathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 3000 meters: 7:47.63[1]
2-mile: 8:29.26[1]
5000 meters: 13:13.32[1]
10,000 meters: 27:16.99[1]
Marathon: 2:08:56[1]

Abdihakem "Abdi" Abdirahman (Somali: Cabdihakiim Cabdiraxmaan, Arabic: عبد الحكيم عبد الرحمن‎) (born January 1, 1977) is a Somali-American long-distance runner. He has competed in the Olympics for the United States in the 10,000 meters and the marathon.

Running career

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia,[2] Abdirahman graduated from Tucson High School in 1995 and attended Pima Community College before transferring to the University of Arizona for his junior and senior years. He became a U.S. citizen in 2000.[3]

At Arizona, Abdirahman was named the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Male Athlete of the Year. He finished second at the 1998 NCAA Cross Country Championships.[4]

Abdi finished 45th in 2000 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Abdi finished 15th in 2001 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Abdi finished 11th in 2002 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Abdi finished 35th in 2003 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Abdi finished 34th in 2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. He competed in the 10,000 meters at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics, finishing tenth and fifteenth, respectively. He also finished seventh in the 10,000m at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, having finished thirteenth in 2005 and nineteenth in 2003.

In 2008, Abdirahman won the 10,000m at the US Olympic Trials. He also was the men's division champion of the Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, VA.

His personal best time in the 10,000 meters is 27:16.99 minutes, achieved in June 2008 at Hayward Field during the Prefontaine Classic.

On January 14, 2012, Abdirahman qualified for the 2012 Olympics by finishing third in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trial in Houston.[5] At the 2012 Olympics he dropped out of the marathon before the half way mark with a knee injury.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e All-Athletics. "Profile of Abdi Abdirahman". 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Biography - The Official Website of Abdi Abdirahman". Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Biography - The Official Website of Abdi Abdirahman". Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  5. ^ AP (January 14, 2012). "Keflezighi, Flanagan run to victory at U.S. Olympic marathon trials". Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "USA's Ryan Hall drops out of marathon". USA Today. August 12, 2012. 

External links

  • Abdihakem Abdirahman profile at IAAF
  • Official website
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