Unlike the last Tokyo 2020 Olympics disputed last summer in Japan, Algeria did not return empty-handed from the 2022 World Athletics Championships disputed in Eugene in the United States. Crowned vice-world champion in the 800m, Djamel Sedjati (23) gave Algeria its 11th medal at this level of competition. The native of Tiaret enters the history of his sport and allows Algeria to appear honorably in the medal table.
Putting your name on the list of winners of the World Athletics Championships is no small feat. In the history of Algerian athletics only 5 great athletes (Morceli, Boulmerka, Brahmi, Said-Guerni, Makhloufi) achieved such a performance. At only 23 years old, Djamel Sejati thus becomes the sixth medalist and succeeds the latest, namely the illustrious Taoufik Makhloufi.
If the first participants in the Worlds, in Helsinki in 1983 over 1500m, were named Amar Brahmia and Abderrahmane Morceli (the older brother), the very first medalist is the icon Nouredine Morceli who won gold in the 1500m in Tokyo at just 21 years old. Same historic performance for the incomparable Hassiba Boulmerka, who remains the only Algerian woman to triumph at the Worlds. These two behemoths of Algerian sport will alone win 6 medals for Algeria between 1991 and 1995.
Apart from the bronze medal of Azzedine Brahmi on the 3000m steeplechase in 1991, it should be noted that all the charms of Algeria were gleaned from only two tests: the 1500m (7 medals) and the 800m (3 medals). With no less than 10 medals over these distances (6 in gold, 2 in silver and 2 in bronze), the middle distance is undoubtedly an Algerian specialty that needs to be maintained despite the catastrophic management of the Algerian Federation of ‘Athletics.
And now, what support for Paris 2024?
With Djamel Sejati which shone from its first participation but also the incredible Slimane Moula (who finished 5th), Algeria can hope for a bright future if we also add, still in the 800m, the prodigy Mohamed Ali Gouaned (20 years old) crowned Junior World Vice-Champion in 2021 but also talents like Yasser Tahar Triki (triple jump) or Amine Bouanani (110m hurdles). To perform at the highest world level (World Championships and Olympic Games), it is imperative that the Algerian State, through the MJS, undertakes to better support these elite athletes and detach them from their federation. where corruption and incompetence reign. A scourge which unfortunately affects the majority of sports federations in Algeria and which prevents the emergence of real world-class athletes.
Algeria’s 11 medals at the World Championships:
Tokyo 1991: Gold – Noureddine Morceli (1500m)
Tokyo 1991: Gold – Hassiba Boulmerka (1500m)
Tokyo 1991: Bronze – Azzedine Brahmi (3000m steeplechase)
Stuttgart 1993: Gold – Noureddine Morceli (1500m)
Stuttgart 1993: Bronze – Hassiba Boulmerka (1500m)
Gothenburg 1995: Gold – Noureddine Morceli (1500m)
Gothenburg 1995: Gold – Hassiba Boukmerka (1500m)
Seville 1999: Bronze – Djabir Said-Guerni (800m)
Edmonton 2001: Silver – Ali Saidi Sief (5000m) (eventually withdrawn for doping)
Paris 2003: Gold – Djabir Said-Guerni (800m)
Doha 2019: Silver – Taoufik Makhloufi (1500m)
Oregon 2022: Silver – Djamel Sejati (800m)
Sedjati saves the honor of Algeria which ranks 33rd
New tree that hides the forest or real awareness of the authorities? Revealed to the general public after his gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in Oran, Djamel Sejati confirmed his talent by taking silver at the 2022 World Championships in Eugène. A performance, added to that of Slimane Moula (5th), which confirms the potential of Algeria which managed to position itself in 33rd place in the medal table alongside some African countries accustomed to the podiums.
So let us note that africa gleaned no less than 28 medals (including 9 gold) with only 7 countries from the continent. Ethiopia and the Kenya took the lion’s share and finished 2nd and 4th respectively in the medal table with 10 medals each (4 gold for Ethiopia against only 2 for Kenya). the Morocco marked its presence thanks to its formidable Olympic champion in the 3000m steeplechase El Bakkali. the Nigeria won its first gold medal in the history of the championships and the Burkina Faso his first silver medal thanks to his triple jump star Zango.
We bet that the Algerian athletes, better prepared, will be able to respond as soon as the next World Athletics Championships which will take place in Budapest in Hungary in August 2023. Only one year from the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Tamirat Tola ETH Marathon M
Gotytom Gebreslase ETH Marathon F
Letesenbet Gidey ETH 10000m F
Gudaf Tsegay ETH 5000m F
Emmanuel Korir KEN 800m M
Faith Kipyegon KEN 1500m F
Soufiane El Bakkali MAR 3000m steeplechase M
Tobi Amusan NGR 100m hurdles F
Joshua Cheptegei UGA 10000m M
Mosinet Geremew ETH Marathon M
Lamecha Girma ETH 3000m Steeplechase M
Gudaf Tsegay ETH 1500m F
Werkuha Getachew ETH 3000m steeplechase F
Jacob Krop KEN 5000m M
Stanley Waithaka Mburu KEN 10000m M
Beatrice Chebet KEN 5000m F
Hellen Obiri KEN 10000m F
Judith Korir KEN Marathon W
Ese Mist NGR Length F
Djamel Sejati ALG 800m M
Hugues Fabrice Zango BUR Triple jump M
Dawit Seyaum ETH 5000m W
Mekides Abebe ETH W 3000m steeplechase F
Conseslus Kipruto KEN M 3000m Steeplechase M
Mary Moraa KEN 800m W
Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi KEN 10000m F
Oscar Chelimo UGA 5000m M
Jacob Kiplimo UGA 10000m M