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Reema Abdo

Full name: Reema Abdo
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: May 19, 1963 in Aden, Adan, Yemen
Affiliations: Trenton Dolphins, Trenton (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Having taken up swimming at the age of 14, Yemen-born Reema Abdo made her debut with the Canadian national swimming team at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, where she reached the final of the 200 metre backstroke event, but did not win a medal. As a student at Arizona State University, she competed for Canada at the 1983 Summer Universiade, where she won bronze in the 4x100 metre medley relay (alongside the non-Olympians Naomi Marubashi, Anita Vandyke, and Megan Watson) and finished seventh in the 100 metre backstroke. She began 1984 by twice breaking the Canadian national record for the 100 m backstroke and was then selected to represent her country at that year’s Summer Olympics, where she won another bronze medal in the 4x100 m relay, this time with Anne Ottenbrite, Michelle MacPherson, and Pam Rai. Her next stop was the 1985 Pan Pacific Championships, where she captured gold in the 4x100 m medley relay alongside Jill Horstead, Jane Kerr, and the non-Olympian Cindy Ounpuu. Now a student at the University of Toronto, she placed eighth in the 100 m backstroke and fourth in the 200 m version (missing bronze by 0.03 seconds) at that year’s Summer Universiade. She was Canadian champion a final time in 1986 and then retired from active competition, eventually joining the Ontario Provincial Police force as a constable. She was inducted into the Ontario Aquatic Hall of Fame in 1997.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke Canada CAN 14
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 200 metres Backstroke Canada CAN 12
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Canada CAN 3 Bronze

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Swimming Canada B Final 6 1:05.13
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Swimming Canada Round One Heat Three 3 QC 1:04.92

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Swimming Canada B Final 4 2:18.50
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Swimming Canada Round One Heat Two 5 QC 2:19.05

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Swimming Canada CAN Final 3 4:12.98 1:04.19 1:04.19
1984 Summer 21 Los Angeles Swimming Canada CAN Round One Heat One 1 QU 4:15.70 1:04.97 1:04.97