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American Abdi Abdirahman

Abdi Abdirahman is a Somali-born American distance runner. He is one of only two American male distance runners to make four Olympic teams. Abdirahman ran the 10,000 in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and was on the 2012 marathon team, though he failed to finish the race. He ran his marathon PR of 2:08:56 in 2006.

Born: January 1, 1977, Hargeisa, Somalia.Abdi Abdirahman
Residence: Tucson, Ariz.
Height: 5 foot 11
Weight: 130 pounds
Coach: Dave Murray
College: University of Arizona

Top accomplishments:
2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, 10,000m, 1st place
2001, 2005, 2007, 2008 U.S. 10,000m Champion
2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, 2:09:47, 3rd place

Abdi Abdirahman’s best marathons have been on relatively flat courses, such as the one the trials will be run on. On race day, we should know early on whether he’ll be a contender, because he’s likely to run with the leaders for as long as possible.

Fun fact: When Abdirahman made his third Olympic team in 2008, he celebrated by jumping in the steeplechase water pit—little did he know that in 2012, he would become only the second runner to make four U.S. Olympic teams.
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