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Ghada Shouaa

Full name: Ghada Shouaa
Original name: غادة شعاع
Gender: Female
Height: 6'2" (187 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: September 10, 1973 in Maharda, Hama, Syria
Country: SYR Syria
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

As of 2010, Syria has only won one Olympic gold medal, which was claimed by heptathlete Ghada Shouaa at the 1996 Olympics. A former national team basketball player, she was raised in a Christian family and started athletics only in 1991. She had realized her athletic potential at the age of 12, however, when she successfully chased down and captured a pet rabbit that had escaped from an elderly man's grasp. Shouaa's breakthrough year was 1995, when she won the two most important heptathlon meets of the year, the Götzis meet in Austria and the World Championships in Göteborg. A year later, she again was the best heptathlete, winning in Götzis and at the Atlanta Olympics. She was world-ranked #1 in both 1995 and 1996. Unfortunately, Shouaa was plagued by injuries afterwards, but she managed a comeback in 1999, with a third place at the World Championships. When injuries ruined her Sydney Games, she retired from the sport. In addition to her performance as the major championships, Shouaa won gold medals at the Asian Games (1994) and Asian Championships (1993), and a silver at the Mediterranean Games (1993). At the Pan Arab Games and Pan Arab Championships, she won a total of 16 titles, apart from the heptathlon also in the long jump, javelin, high jump and 100 m hurdles.

Personal Best: LJ – 6.77 (1996); Hep – 6942 (1996).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Women's Heptathlon Syria SYR 25
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Women's Heptathlon Syria SYR 1 Gold
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Women's Heptathlon Syria SYR AC DNF

Women's Heptathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1985AT) T(A) H P(1985T) C/F/P D
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Final Standings 25 5.278
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria 100 metre hurdles 31 640 16.62
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria 100 metre hurdles Heat Four 9 640 16.62
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria High jump 26 1.64 783
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria High jump 1.55 metres NP o
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria High jump 1.61 metres NP o
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria High jump 1.64 metres NP xo
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria High jump 1.67 metres NP xxx
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Shot put 25 677 12.24
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Shot put Round One NP 12.24
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Shot put Round Two NP 12.09
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Shot put Round Three NP 12.10
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria 200 metres 25T 847 25.44
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria 200 metres Heat Four 5 847 25.44
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Long jump 23 813 5.88
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Long jump Round One NP 5.88
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Long jump Round Two NP foul
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Long jump Round Three NP 5.94
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Javelin throw 15 752 44.40
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Javelin throw Round One NP 43.40
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Javelin throw Round Two NP 40.24
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria Javelin throw Round Three NP 44.40
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria 800 metres 23 766 2:24.30
1992 Summer 18 Barcelona Athletics Syria 800 metres Heat One 8 766 2:24.30
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Final Standings 1 6.780
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria 100 metre hurdles 17T 1.018 13.72
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria 100 metre hurdles Heat Two 5 1.018 13.72
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria High jump 1T 1.86 1.054
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria High jump 1.74 metres NP o
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria High jump 1.80 metres NP o
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria High jump 1.83 metres NP xo
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria High jump 1.86 metres NP o
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria High jump 1.89 metres NP xxx
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Shot put 1 925 15.95
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Shot put Round One NP 15.42
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Shot put Round Two NP 15.95
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Shot put Round Three NP pass
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria 200 metres 2 995 23.85
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria 200 metres Heat Two 1 995 23.85
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Long jump 13 930 6.26
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Long jump Round One NP foul
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Long jump Round Two NP 6.26
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Long jump Round Three NP 6.33
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Javelin throw 1 OB 971 55.70
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Javelin throw Round One NP 53.22
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Javelin throw Round Two NP 55.70
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria Javelin throw Round Three NP 55.00
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria 800 metres 8 887 2:15.43
1996 Summer 22 Atlanta Athletics Syria 800 metres Heat Four 2 887 2:15.43
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Syria Final Standings AC DNF
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Syria 100 metre hurdles AC DNF 0
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Athletics Syria 100 metre hurdles Heat Four AC DNF 0