Hassiba BOULMERKA

Algeria ALG

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Seoul 1988
  • Year of Birth
    1968
Olympic Results

Biography

Hassiba BOULMERKA

In 1991, Hassiba Boulmerka of Algeria scored a stunning upset victory in the 1,500m run at the World Athletics Championships. When she returned to Algiers, she was hailed as a national heroine and as a model for Arab women who wanted to break away from restrictive roles.

Holding on for victory

In the 1992 Olympic final, Lyudmila Rogacheva of Russia set a torrid pace and burned away the rest of the field ... except for Boulmerka. Two hundred metres from the finish, Boulmerka drove past Rogacheva and cruised to victory. The race was the first in which four women finished in less than four minutes. Later, Hassiba was one of the first people to be directly elected to the Athletes' Commission of the International Olympic Committee.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Atlanta 1996

#12 h1 r2/3
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Barcelona 1992

G
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Seoul 1988

#5 h4 r1/3
800 metres
800 metres Athletics
#9 h2 r1/2
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Athletics