The 24-year-old athlete died in a car accident before preparing to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Abdalelah Haroun, a Qatari 400-meter runner who won a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships, died in a car accident in Doha, the Qatar Athletic Federation said on Saturday. He was 24 years old.
The federation’s secretary general, Mohammed Issa al-Fadala, said Qatar’s sport and athletics “have lost a great hero” at the world level.
“He was in a rehabilitation program after recovering from an injury (in preparation) to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics,” al-Fadala said.
World Athletics is very saddened to hear that Qatari sprinter Abdalelah Haroun – 400m world bronze medalist in 2017 and former junior world champion – has died in a car accident at the age of 24.
– World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) June 26, 2021
The Qatar Olympic Committee also mourned the loss on Saturday.
“The #Qatar sprinter team and world bronze medalist 400m Abdalelah Haroun is dead today,” he posted on Twitter – with a black and white portrait of the athlete holding a bouquet of flowers and the Qatari flag.
We belong to Allah and we will return to Him
The owner of the good heart, the hero Abdul-Ilah Haroun, has died in the protection of God 💔, do not forget him in favor of your prayers
O Allah, replace him with a better house than his own, and a family with a better family, and admit him to Paradise, and save him from the torment of the grave, and from the torment of the Fire. pic.twitter.com/xPhdhjBgu6
– Moataz Barshim ♕Barshim (@mutazbarshim) June 26, 2021
Haroun, of Sudanese origin, first represented Qatar in 2015 – stealing the spotlight in his early days recording remarkable times of more than 400m.
He finished in third place at 44.48 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in London in 2017, behind South African winner Wayde van Niekerk and Bahamas athlete Steven Gardiner.
Haroun also won silver at the 2016 Indoor World Championships in Portland and gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.