Abubaker Kaki Khamis

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.


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.[1] 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.[2] The following month he entered the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics as the 800 m favourite. 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.[3]

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.[4] 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 Leaguein 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 the fastest 800 m time ever recorded for a non-winning athlete.[5] He won at the Memorial Primo Nebiolo later that month in another quick time of 1:43.48.[6]

He is a member of the Messiria ethnic minority.[7]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2005 World Youth Championships MarrakechMorocco 3rd 1500 m
African Junior Championships Radès, Tunisia 7th 800 m
2006 World Junior Championships BeijingChina 6th 800 m
2007 All-Africa Games AlgiersAlgeria 1st 800 m[8]
2008 World Indoor Championships ValenciaSpain 1st 800 m
African Championships Addis AbabaEthiopia 2nd 4×400 m relay
World Junior Championships BydgoszczPoland 1st 800 m
Summer Olympics BeijingChina 8th (semis) 800 m
2009 World Championships BerlinGermany 8th (semis) 800 m
2010 World Indoor Championships DohaQatar 1st 800 m

Personal bests

Event Time Date Location
800 metres 1:42.23 † ‡ 4 June 2010 Oslo
1000 metres 2:13.93 22 July 2008 Stockholm
1500 metres 3:39.71 3 June 2008 Malmö
Event Time Date Location
800 metres 1:44.81 9 Mar 2008 Valencia
1000 metres 2:15.77 21 Feb 2008 Stockholm