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Hussein Ahmed Salah

Hussein Ahmed Salah
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Djibouti
Olympic Games
1988 Seoul Marathon
World Championships
1987 Rome Marathon
1991 Tokyo Marathon

Hussein Ahmed Salah (Arabic: حسين أحمد صلاح‎, born December 31, 1956 in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti) is a former Djiboutian long-distance runner, best known for winning a bronze medal in the marathon at the 1988 Summer Olympics. He also won silver medals in this event at the 1987 and 1991 World Championships. In addition, he won the 1985 IAAF World Marathon Cup.


  • Biography 1
  • Achievements 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


His personal best time was 2:07:07, achieved in a 2nd-place finish in the Rotterdam Marathon in April 1988. He and race winner Belayneh Densamo both ran faster than Carlos Lopes' World Record of 2:07:12, set on the Rotterdam course in 1985. Salah's 2:07:07 is the current national record for Djibouti.[1] He also holds the national record in 10,000 metres with 28:17.4 minutes. He is the only Djiboutian athlete to win an Olympic medal.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Djibouti
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland Marathon DNF
1984 Paris Marathon Paris, France 1st Marathon 2:11:58
African Championships Rabat, Morocco 2nd 10,000 m 28:17.40
Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 20th Marathon 2:15:59
1985 African Championships Cairo, Egypt 1st Marathon 2:23:01
World Cup Hiroshima, Japan 1st Marathon 2:08:09
1986 Paris Marathon Paris, France 1st Marathon 2:12:44
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 2nd Marathon 2:12:30
1988 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 2nd Marathon 2:07:07
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 3rd Marathon 2:10:59
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 2nd Marathon 2:15:26
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 30th Marathon 2:19:04
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 25th Marathon 2:20:50
1996 Reims Marathon Reims, France 1st Marathon 2:10:22
Belgrade Marathon Belgrade, Yugoslavia 1st Marathon 2:14:15
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 42nd Marathon 2:20:33
1997 Vienna Marathon Vienna, Austria 1st Marathon 2:12:53
Monaco Marathon Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd Marathon 2:12:44
1998 Enschede Marathon Enschede, Netherlands 1st Marathon 2:13:25


  1. ^ Djiboutian athletics records

External links

  • Hussein Ahmed Salah profile at IAAF
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Djama Robleh
Djama Robleh
Flagbearer for  Djibouti
Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996
Beijing 2008
Succeeded by
Djama Robleh
Zourah Ali
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