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Hassiba Boulmerka

Full name: Hassiba Boulmerka
Original name: حسيبة بولمرقة
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2 (158 cm)
Weight: 108 lbs (49 kg)
Born: July 10, 1968 in Constantine, Constantine, Algeria
Affiliations: CS Constantine/CM Belcourt
Country: ALG Algeria
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Hassiba Boulmerka was a pioneer in many ways, notably for being a Muslim woman to reach the very pinnacle of achievement in track & field athletics. Boulmerka was a middle-distance runner who won the 1992 Olympic gold in the 1,500 metres. At the World Championships she won the 1,500 in 1991 and 1995, adding a bronze in 1993. At the 1991 Mediterranean Games Boulmerka won golds in the 800 and 1,500, repeating as 800 champion in 1993, while adding a silver that year in the 1,500. Her first international titles came in 1988 when she won both the 800 and 1,500 at the African Games.

In 1999 Boulmerka was elected as an Athletes’ Member of the IOC, although she served on the committee for only a bit more than one year. She later returned to Algeria where she became a businesswoman, another pioneering role for her.

Personal Bests\: 800 – 1:58.72 (1991); 1500 – 3:55.30 (1992).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Athletics Women's 800 metres Algeria ALG 5 h4 r1/3
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Athletics Women's 1,500 metres Algeria ALG 9 h2 r1/2
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Women's 1,500 metres Algeria ALG 1 Gold
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics Women's 1,500 metres Algeria ALG 12 h1 r2/3

Women's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Athletics Algeria Round One Heat Four 5 2:03.33 6

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1988 Summer 20 Seoul Athletics Algeria Round One Heat Two 9 4:08.33
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Algeria Final 1 3:55.30
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Algeria Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 4:03.81
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Algeria Round One Heat One 1 QU 4:09.91
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics Algeria Semi-Finals Heat One 12 4:23.86
1996 Summer 28 Atlanta Athletics Algeria Round One Heat One 3 QU 4:09.96
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