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Noureddine Morceli

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameNoureddine•Morceli
Used nameNoureddine•Morceli
Original nameنور الدين•مرسلي
Born28 February 1970 in Ténès (ALG)
Measurements175 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsMC Alger, Al-Jaza'ir (ALG)
NOC(s) Algeria


Noureddine Morceli was the world’s top miler in the first half of the 1990s. Coached by his brother Abderrahmane, a former Olympian, Morceli began his dominance of the 1,500 m in 1990. He set the best year performance six years in a row, and broke the world record twice, holding it from 1992 through 1998. He also won three World Championship titles in a row, in 1991, 1993 and 1995, also adding the 1991 indoor title. His greatest disappointment came at the 1992 Olympics, where he placed only seventh in the final as the top favorite. But Morceli made up for that at the 1996 Olympics, winning the gold after having been undefeated in the 1,500 m for four years. It also marked the highpoint in his career, being eclipsed by Hicham El Guerrouj afterwards. Morceli was world ranked #1 for seven consecutive years – 1990-96. Since his retirement from active competition he has worked in sports administration at the national and international levels, including roles with the IOC and the African Games.

Personal Best: 800 – 1:44.79; 1500 – 3:27.37 (1995); Mile – 3:44.39; 5000 – 13:03.85.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1992 Summer Olympics Athletics 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 7 Representing Algeria    
1996 Summer Olympics Athletics 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Algeria    
2000 Summer Olympics Athletics 1,500 metres, Men Olympic 12 h1 r2/3 Representing Algeria    

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