Abubaker Kaki Khamis (born 21 June 1989) is a Sudanese runner who specializes in the 800 metres. He is a two-time World Indoor Champion over the distance and also won gold at the 2007 All-Africa Games. He represented Sudan at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He is a member of the Messiria ethnic minority.[2]

Running career

In February 2008 he ran a world-leading 2:15.7 in the 1000 m indoors in Sweden. On March 9, 2008, in Valencia, Kaki became the youngest ever World Indoor champion after winning the 800 m final at age 18 years and 262 days.[3] On June 6, 2008, he won the Bislett Games Golden League meeting in Oslo by running 1:42.69, a new world junior record. The previous record (1:43.64) was set by Japheth Kimutai of Kenya in 1997.[4] The following month he entered the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics as the 800 m favorite. He was closely followed by Geoffrey Kibet in the final but he managed to pull clear on the final straight to win the gold medal.[5]

Kaki finished 8th in the third semi-final for the 800 m and did not advance to the final at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[6] In the 2009 World Championships in Berlin he tripped in the semi-final, and did not complete the race.

Kaki retained his title at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships at the age of twenty, becoming only the second athlete after Paul Ereng to complete the feat in the men's 800 m. In the outdoor season, he made his first appearance in the 2010 IAAF Diamond League in an 800 m match-up against David Rudisha. Both runners defeated Sebastian Coe's 31-year-old meeting record, but Kaki was not fast enough to beat Rudisha. Kaki's time of 1:42.23 was a new Sudanese record and, at the time, the fastest 800 m time ever recorded for a non-winning athlete.[7] He won at the Memorial Primo Nebiolo later that month in another quick time of 1:43.48.[8] Since then he made the 800m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games where he finished 7th in 1.43.32 a Seasons Best performance.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Sudan
2005 World Youth Championships Marrakech, Morocco 3rd 1500 m 3:45.06
African Junior Championships Radès, Tunisia 7th 800 m 1:50.30
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 6th 800 m 1:48.46
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 1st 800 m 1:45.22
7th 4 × 400 m relay 3:09.37
World Championships Osaka, Japan 30th (h) 800 m 1:46.38
Pan Arab Games Cairo, Egypt 1st 800 m 1:43.90 (NR)
1st 1500 m 3:47.92
2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:06.52 (NR)
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 1st 800 m 1:44.81
African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:04.00
World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 800 m 1:45.60
Summer Olympics Beijing, China 24th (sf) 800 m 1:49.19
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 22nd (sf) 800 m DNF
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 800 m 1:46.23
African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:08.52
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 2nd 800 m 1:44.41

Personal bests

Event Time Date Location
800 metres 1:42.23 † ‡ 4 June 2010 Oslo
1000 metres 2:13.62 3 July 2010 Eugene
1500 metres 3:31.76 † 22 July 2011 Monaco
Event Time Date Location
800 metres 1:44.81 9 Mar 2008 Valencia
1000 metres 2:15.77 21 Feb 2008 Stockholm

All Information taken from IAAF profile.[9]

Key: † = National record


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Preceded by
Kenya Japheth Kimutai
Men's World Junior Record Holder, 800 metres
6 June 2008 – 9 August 2012
Succeeded by
Botswana Nijel Amos