Qatar sprinter Abdalelah Haroun who won the 400m bronze medal at the 2017 World Athletics Championships, has reportedly died in a car crash. He was 24.
“Haroun died in a car accident in Doha,” the federation’s secretary general, Mohammed Issa al-Fadala, told news agency AFP. “He was in a rehabilitation programme after recovering from an injury (in preparation) to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Qatar sports and athletics, on a global level, lost a great hero.”
The Qatar Olympic Committee also mourned the loss on Saturday.
“Team #Qatar sprinter and world 400m bronze medalist Abdalelah Haroun died today,” it posted on Twitteralong with a black-and-white picture of the athlete holding a bouquet of flowers and the Qatari flag.
— Team Qatar 🇶🇦 (@qatar_olympic) June 26, 2021
Qatar Olympic Committee announced the terrible news on their Twitter handle on Saturday.
Haroun secured the 2017 400m bronze with a timing of 44.48 seconds.
Apart from his exploits at the worlds, the Qatari also won silver medal at the 2016 World Indoor Championships, two gold medals at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta in 400m and 4X400m relay event as well.
The talented sprinter announced himself to the world at the XL Galan in 2015 when he set new Asian indoor record with a timing of 45.39 second.