Maps of World
Current, Credible, Consistent
Home / Olympics / Great Olympians / Athletics / Hassiba Boulmerka - Famous Athlete

Hassiba Boulmerka - Famous Athlete

Full Name: Hassiba Boulmerka

Date of Birth: 10 th July, 1968

Country: Algeria

Sport involved in: Athletics

Achievements made:

  • Gold medal winner in the World Athletics Championships at Tokyo in 1991
  • Olympic gold medalist in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games
  • Bronze medal winner in the World Athletics Championships at Stuttgart in 1993
  • Gold medal winner in the World Athletics Championships at Gothenburg in 1995
  • Career: Hassiba Boulmerka is a former middle distance athlete from Algeria. Boulmerka started running at an early age. She was specialized in the 800 meter sprint and 1500 meter sprint events. Boulmerka was successful in the national and regional level. The 1988 Seoul Olympics was the first major international tournament in her athletic career. However, Boulmerka could not win any title in the 1988 Games. She improved with the passing time. Her first major win was in 1991, at the Golden Gala Race in Rome. Boulmerka won the 800 meter sprint. The same year, she participated at the World Athletics Championships. There she won gold medal in the 1500 meter sprint event. With this win, Boulmerka became the first African woman to win an athletics world title. Boulmerka was one of the top contenders for the gold medal in the 1500 meter sprint event in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games. She was the winner in the event, and thus became the first Algerian to win an Olympic title. Boulmerka was not so successful in the next two seasons. She won only a bronze medal in the World Athletics Championships at Stuttgart in 1993. In 1995, Boulmerka won her second world title at the World Athletics Championships at Gothenburg. It was her last major victory. She competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, but was injured during the semi-finals. After the 1997 season, Boulmerka retired from sports. Boulmerka was one of the first persons, who were directly elected to the Athlete's Commission of the International Olympic Committee.

    Performance at the Olympics: Hassiba Boulmerka participated at the 1988 Seoul Olympics for the first time. There she was eliminated in the preliminary heat of both the 800 meter sprint and 1500 meter sprint events. In her second appearance in the Summer Games in 1992, Boulmerka won gold medal in the 1500 meter sprint. In the 1992 Olympic final, Boulmerka beat the Russian athlete Lyudmila Rogacheva. The race was the first, in which four women reached the finishing line in less than four minutes. Boulmerka became the first Algerian to win an Olympic title. Boulmerka also competed at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. She sprained her ankle during the semi-finals of the Games, and was out of the competition.















    Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

    Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

    In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

    Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


    Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

    French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

    FAQs and Answers on History and Geography

    For further info please get in touch with
    Bill Spicer Executive VP, MapXL
    For US Queries
      (408) 637-0064   bill@mapxl.com