Full name: Hassiba Boulmerka
Original name: حسيبة بولمرقة
Height: 5-2 (158 cm)
Weight: 108 lbs (49 kg)
Born: July 10, 1968 in Constantine, Constantine, Algeria
Affiliations: CS Constantine/CM Belcourt
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
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).
|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|
|1988 Summer||20||Seoul||Athletics||Algeria||Round One||Heat Four||5||2:03.33||6|
|1988 Summer||20||Seoul||Athletics||Algeria||Round One||Heat Two||9||4:08.33|
|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|