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Abdi runs 63 but Feels Good Going into Boston
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Abdi's presence has been on the roads lately. After an injury plagued 2010, Abdi came back in force In 2011 and won the USA 20k Championships in 61:12; crushing the field by 24 seconds. In 2009 the Black Cactus was 8th at the USA Track and Field Championships 10,000m and came back to the New York Marathon to run a strong 2:14.00; making him the 4th American across the finish line....but Abdi really made his presence known on the roads; winning the USA 10k Road Championships in 28:11, and the USA 10 mile Championships in 46:35.
Abdi made a run at the U.S. mens 10,000m record at the 2008 Prefontaine Classic, finishing in 27:16.99, which was a little more than three seconds off the record. His performance at Pre was the best by an American in 2008 and a new personal best. Highlighting Abdirahmans 2007 season was a 10,000m win at the USA Outdoor Championships and a win July 4 at the USA Mens 10 km Championship in Atlanta, Ga. Abdirahman took a large chunk off his marathon personal best with his fourth-place finish at the 2006 Chicago Marathon in 2:08:56. Although he also set PRs in the 10,000m (27:22.81) and half-marathon (61:07) in 2006, it appears that the marathon holds the brightest future for Abdirahman. He attended Jhameyasin Carte High School in Mogadishu, Somalia, before coming to the United States. From 1996-97, he attended Pima Community College in Tucson, where he was a two-time Arizona state junior college champion. After heading to the University of Arizona, he won his first two collegiate races, the Jammin Invitational (24:28), and the Aztec Invitational (25:28). He was named Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 1998 following his second place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Lawrence, Kansasbecame a U.S. citizen on January 28, 2000a huge basketball fan, Abdirahman majored in retail consumer studies while at Arizonafull given first name is Abdihakimhis family now lives in Houston. 2008: 15th at Olympic Games (27:52.53)Olympic Trials 10,000m champion (27:41.11)7th in 10,000m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (27:16.99 U.S. Leader)best of 27:16.99. 2007: USA Outdoor champion 10,000m (28:13.51) 7th at World Outdoors (27:56.62)...DNF at Olympic Trials Marathon...USA Mens 10km road champion (28:12)13th at Hengelo (27:31:46)ranked #1 in U.S. at 10,000m by T&FN;best of 27:31:46. 2006: 4th at Chicago Marathon (2:08:56PR)7th at Hengelo (27:22.81PR-U.S. Leader)runner-up at Philadelphia Half-Marathon (61:07PR-U.S. Leader)5th at adidas Track Classic (8:29.26)10th at London Grand Prix (13:18.89)ranked #2 U.S. at 10,000m & marathon by T&FN;bests of 13:18.89, 2:08:56, 27:22.81, 61.07. 2005: 1st in 10,000m at USA Outdoor Championships (28:10.38)13th at World Outdoors (27:52.01)5th at NYC Marathon (2:11:24PR)USA Men's 10-Mile champion (23:35)9th at Hengelo (27:33.47PR)ranked #1 at 10,000m, #3 at 5,000m, #3 in marathon in U.S. by T&FN;best of 2:11:24 & 27:33.47. 2004: 15th at Olympic Games (28:26.26)Olympic Trials runner-up 10,000m (27:55.00)14th at New York City Marathon (2:17:09)5th at USA Cross Country 12 km (35:37)9th in 5000m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (13:38.76)4th at Stanford (10 km, 27:34.24)runner-up at USA 15 km Championship (43:21)ranked #2 at 10,000m in U.S. by T&FN; bests of 27:34.24, 13:30.85, 2:17:09. 2003: 5th in 10,000m at USA Outdoors (28:07.20) 7th in 5,000m at USA Outdoors (13:43.81) 5th at USA Cross Country 12 km (39:36)35th at World XC Champs 12 km (38:54)4th at Mt. Sac 5,000m (13:40) 4th at Cardinal Invitational (Palo Alto) 10,000m (27:52.24)ranked #4 U.S. in 10km, #8 at 5km by T&FN;bests of 13:23.25 & 27:52.24. 2002: Runner-up at USA Outdoors 10,000m (27:42.83)runner-up at USA Winter XC Champs (35:45)runner-up at USATF 15km champs at Gate River Run (43:29)4th at Oracle U.S. Open 5km(13:36.63)ranked #2 U.S. at the 10km by T&FN;bests of 13:36.63 & 27:42.83. 2001: 1st in 10,000m at USA Outdoors (28:23.82)19th at World Outdoor Champs (28:34.38)3rd at U.S. Winter XC Nationals (35:26)15th at IAAF World XC Championships (40:54)5th at 2001 Goodwill Games (28:08.02)ran 5,000m PR of 13:19.85ranked #1 U.S. at 10km by T&FN;best of 28:01.02. 2000: 3rd in 10,000 (28:19.08) at Olympic Trials...10th in 10,000m at 2000 Olympics (27:46.17)...became U.S. citizen on January 28...6th in long course race at USA cross country champs... 45th in long course race at World Cross Country Champs......ran a PR 13:37.01 in 5,000...ranked #2 U.S. in 10km, #10 at 5km by T&FN;. 1999: Third at USA Outdoor Championships setting new PR of 28:28.26; was later disqualified when it was discovered he was not a U.S. citizen...ninth in the 5000 meters (14:14.15), and sixth in the 10,000 meters (29:34.03) at NCAA Outdoor Championships... best of 28:28.26. 1998: Won the 5000 and 10,000 meters at the Pac-10 Championships... second in the 5000m and sixth in the 10,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships...ranked #9 in U.S. in the 5000 meters... bests of 13:40.61 and 28:36.13.
Tucson Magnet High School
University Of Arizona
10,000m: 27:22.81 10km Road: 28:11 5000m: 13:13.32 8km Road: 22:40 Half-Marathon: 60:29 Marathon: 2:08:56
2012: USA Half-Marathon champion (1:02:46); Did not finish Olympic marathon; 5th at Healthy Kidney Health 10 km (28:56); 3rd at Olympic Trials Marathon (2:09:47). 2011: USA 20 km champion (1:00:12); Sixth at USA 10 Mile Championships (47:00) 2010: 6th at Healthy Kidney Health 10 km (28:35); best of 28:35. 2009 USA 10k and 10mile Road Champion 2008 Olympic Trials 10,000m champion; Three-time USA 10,000m champion (01, 05, 07); 2007 USA 10,000m road champion; Two-time USA 10,000m runner-up (02, 04); 2005 USA 10-mile champion Abdirahman qualified for his third Olympic team by winning the 10,000 meters at the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.