The Qatari sprinter Abdalelah Haroun, a bronze medalist in the 400 meters at the 2017 World Athletics Championships, died this Saturday in a traffic accident at the age of 24, the Qatari Federation announced.
“Haroun died in a car accident in Doha,” the federation’s secretary general, Mohammed Issa al-Fadala, told AFP.
“He was on a post-injury recovery program to try to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics,” he added.
Haroun, of Sudanese origin, was nationalized from Qatar and represented the emirate for the first time in 2015.
Two years later he won the bronze medal in the 400 meters at the World Athletics Championships in London, behind South African Wayde van Niekerk and Bahamian Steven Gardiner. He also took silver at the 2016 Indoor World Cups in Portland and gold at the 2018 Asian Games. (AFP)