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Hicham El Guerrouj

Middle-distance running

Hicham El Guerrouj is a retired Moroccan middle-distance runner. El Guerrouj is the current world record holder in the 1500 meters, mile and outdoor 2000 meters events. He is also the only man since Paavo Nurmi to take a gold medal in both the 1500 metres and 5000 metres at the same Olympic Games. Given these achievements, El Guerrouj is considered by many to be the greatest middle-distance runner of all time.


  • Early career 

  • 1996 Atlanta Olympics – 1999 season 

  • 2000 Sydney Olympics – 2003 season 

  • 2004 Athens Olympics and retirement 

  • Awards and honors 

  • IAAF Grand Prix performances