Abdihakem Abdirahman

Abdihakem " Abdi " Abdirahman (born 1 January 1977) is an American long-distance runner of Somali origin.

On 28 January 2000 he received U.S. citizenship and qualified immediately for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where he finished tenth in the 10,000 -meter run. The following year, he was U.S. champion over the same distance, finishing in 19th place at the World Athletics Championships in 2001. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, he came over 10,000 m to 15th place. In the same year he started for the first time on the marathon distance and finished the New York City Marathon in 2:17:09 h the 14th Place.

He was U.S. champion over 10,000 meters and the 10 -mile road race in 2005, presented over 5000 m with 13:13,32 min his personal record on and improved at the New York City Marathon to fifth place.

In 2006, he took again the national title over 10 miles, improved his 10,000 - meter time at 27:22,81 min and was the Chicago Marathon fourth in 2:08:56. He was thus the fifth U.S. citizen, who succeeded to break the 2:09 mark.

The following year he became national champion over 10,000 meters and the 10-km and 10 -mile road race. In the 2007 World Cup, he finished seventh in the 10,000 m. In the elimination race of the U.S. Association for the marathon of the 2008 Olympics, he did not reach the goal.

Abdirahman came at the age of twelve years in the United States and visited the Pima Community College in Tucson. At the University of Arizona, he completed a degree in Retail & Consumer Studies.