When Abdi Nageeye was only 6 years old he and his brother fled Somalia and traveled to the Netherlands. There he had a good childhood. At the age of 10 his brother took him to Syria where he lived for another three years. After this period in Syria, they went back to their parents’ farm in their home country Somalia. Abdi did not enjoy his time there and missed the Netherlands. He decided to fled again, but this time on his own. Via Ethiopia he found his way back to the Netherlands where he grew up with a lovely family in a small Dutch village.
After joining a soccer club, he realized he had talent for running and ran his first 5km in 17 minutes when he was 18 years old. Via Google he found a coach who helped him with a trainingprogram. He made huge progression and ran his first international championship as a junior in 2007. At the 2009 European U23 Championships Abdi finished in fourth position in the 5000m and in that same here he became seventh at the European Cross Country Championships. After changing coach in 2011, Abdi ran personal bests in the 5000m and 10.000m on the track and he took the national titles in the 5000m and the 10k.
Abdi had a great start of 2015 with a fourth place in Egmond half marathon and his third national title in the 10k in Schoorl. He not only took the Dutch title, he also won the 10k race for the fourth consecutive time. He improved his half marathon personal best one month later in Rome (62:40). But the main goal for Abdi for 2015 was running the qualifying time for the Olympic marathon. He decided to try in Amsterdam marathon. He ran a brave race, a personal best by one minute and the qualifying time for Rio! In Rio he did a great job by finishing 11th.
Abdi trains most of the year at altitude in Africa. He trains in Kaptagat in with Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge or he trains in Addis Ababa with coach Getaneh Tessema.