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Noureddine Morceli

Full name: Noureddine Morceli
Original name: نور الدين مرسلي
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: February 28, 1970 in Ténès, Chlef, Algeria
Affiliations: MC Alger, Al-Jaza'ir (ALG)
Country: ALG Algeria
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Abderrahmane Morceli.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Noureddine Morceli was the world's top miler in the first half of the 1990s. Coached by his brother Abderrahmane, a former Olympian, Morceli began his dominance of the 1,500 m in 1990. He set the best year performance six years in a row, and broke the world record twice, holding it from 1992 through 1998. He also won three World Championship titles in a row, in 1991, 1993 and 1995, also adding the 1991 indoor title. His greatest disappointment came at the 1992 Olympics, where he placed only seventh in the final as the top favorite. But Morceli made up for that at the 1996 Olympics, winning the gold after having been undefeated in the 1,500 m for four years. It also marked the highpoint in his career, being eclipsed by Hicham El Guerrouj afterwards. Morceli was world ranked #1 for seven consecutive years – 1990-96. Since his retirement from active competition he has worked in sports administration at the national and international levels, including roles with the IOC and the African Games.

Personal Best: 800 – 1:44.79; 1500 – 3:27.37 (1995); Mile – 3:44.39; 5000 – 13:03.85.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Algeria ALG 7
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Algeria ALG 1 Gold
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Algeria ALG 12 h1 r2/3

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Athletics Algeria Final 7 3:41.70
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Athletics Algeria Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 3:39.22
1992 Summer 22 Barcelona Athletics Algeria Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:37.98
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Athletics Algeria Final 1 3:35.78
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Athletics Algeria Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 3:32.88
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Athletics Algeria Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:41.95
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Athletics Algeria Semi-Finals Heat One 12 4:00.78
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Athletics Algeria Round One Heat Three 2 QU 3:38.41