Saaeed Saif Shaheen

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Saif Saaeed Shaheen 3000m steeplechase

Saif Saaeed Shaheen, is a Kenyan born runner representing Qatar, who holds the world record in the 3000m steeplechase. Shaheen, formerly Stephen Cherono, changed nationalities at the age of 21, reportedly for better financial aid. He was among the first Kenyan athlete’s to change nationalities for non-political reasons.

Shaheen was a prominent junior athlete, having broken the world junior 3000m steeplechase record just 3 years before his senior world record, in a time of 7:58.66. Though a world record holder and two-time world champion, he never participated at an Olympic Games. Shaheen aspired to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, however, retired in early 2016 due to ongoing achilles tendon injuries. He has to his home town Eldoret, in Kenya.


Personal bests:
7:53.63 (WR)
10 Miles Road

Below are 14 weeks of Shaheen’s 2006 training as written by his coach Renato Canova.
Renato notes 3 goals for the season:
  1. To beat his own world record in the steeplechase and run a new personal best
  2. To win the 5000m and steeplechase in the World Cup
  3. And to win the steeplechase and 5000m in the Asian Games in December later that year
Unfortunately Shaheen didn’t better his world record. It’s noted that he was in his best shape of his career when in Zurich, but with little competition, conditions we unfavorable for any spectacular racing. His pushed him to race more non-steeple events where more competition and faster racing can take place

3000m steeplechase world record