Brahim Boulami

Posted in: Track & Field
Jun 6, 2009 - 9:13:07 AM


Born: 20 April 1972           

Nationality: Moroccan
Marital Status: Single
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 64Kg
Education: Degree in Physical Education

Specialty: 3000m Steeplechase
PB: 3000m St 7:55.28 Current World Record
      3000m 7:42.99
      5000m 13:28.06               


Brahim Boulami began running the steeplechase in the mid 1990's after he finished his degree in Physical Education in Morocco.  His first major competition was the 1996 Olympics where he finished 7th. In the 1997 World Championships he finished 10th. He won the Mediteraenen Games in 1997 and was 22nd at the 1997 World Cross Country Championships.  Brahim did win the Moroccan Cross Country in 1997.

2001: Was to be a big year with the World Championships. Brahim was injured in Mid June in Nuremburg, Germany and was not able to compete again until Stockholm where he ran and finished 4th. His foot was better and he immediately improved by finishing 3rd at Monaco in a time of 8:07.28. At the World Championship finals Brahim's injured foot acted up and he was unable to perform at the level he expected to. He finished 10th.       

Brahim made up for his poor showing at the Worlds by winning the Weltklasse in Zurich on August 17, 2001 in the 3rd fastest  time ever recorded of 7:58.50 and setting a stadium record as well. Brussels was to be his next race and on 24 August 2001 Brahim Boulami became the World Record holder in the 3000mSt when he ran 7:55.28 before  a sellout crowd in Brussels. Brahim is the 1st non-Kenyan in 25 years to hold the record in the steeple and he hopes to hold on to it for a long period of time.       

Brahim culminated his 2001 season by winning the gold medal at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia on September 5, 2001 and the Grand Prix Final of the IAAF in Melbourne, Australia on September 9, 2001.  

For his efforts, Boulami was ranked number 6 in the world in all of athletics by the IAAF and number 1 in the Steeplechase by Track & Filed News Magazine for 2001 as well as number 9 in the world overall by magazine.

2000: Was a breakthrough year for Brahim who won his first Golden League event in Rome at the Golden Gala. He followed that up with 1st palce finishes in the Grand Prix of Nice and a number 2 finish in Monaco at the Herculis Golden League meeting of Monaco. His time there was 4th fastest in history at 8:02.90. At the Olympics in Sydney Brahim finished a disappointing 7th.        

1998: Brahim was 3rd in the African Championships and was 6th in the 4K cross country championships. Brahim finished 3rd at the Goodwill Games in 1998 in New York. In 1999, Brahim was injured and did not compete much.

Brahim is sponsored by adidas.