Oil on canvas board. Phillip Carrero 2009
Youcef began his athletics career over 800m and at the 1996 World Junior Championships in Sydney, representing his native Algeria.
Since then he has made Australia his home and progressed over distances, stepping up to 1500m and the 3000m steeplechase. He enjoyed some successes over 1500m, winning a Commonwealth bronze medal in 2002 and Australian title in 2004. Since moving up to the 3000m steeple, he has become Australia’s second fastest man, won the 2006 national title and made his Olympic debut in Beijing 2008, where he finished sixth in the final.