Assia El Hannouni

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Assia El Hannouni
Medal record
Women's disability athletics
Competitor for  France
Paralympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens 100 m T12
Gold 2004 Athens 200 m T12
Gold 2004 Athens 400 m T12
Gold 2004 Athens 800 m T12
Gold 2008 Beijing 200 m T12
Gold 2008 Beijing 400 m T12
Silver 2008 Beijing 800 m T12—13
Silver 2008 Beijing 1500 m T13
Gold 2012 London 100 m T12
Gold 2012 London 200 m T12

Assia El Hannouni, born May 30, 1981[1] in Dijon,[2][3] is a French track and field athlete who specialises in the 800 metres Paralympic sprint. She has Retinitis pigmentosa[4] which means that she is almost blind, with less than one tenth vision in her left eye, and zero in her right eye. She also runs against athletes without disabilities, in 800m sprint events.[5][6]

Representing her country at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, she won four gold medals, winning the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m sprints, and breaking the world record in each event.[6][7]

She represented France again at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, and was the country's flagbearer during the Games' opening ceremony.[8][9] She won silver in the 800m sprint (T13/12) with a time of 2’4’’96,[10][11] before winning silver in the 1500m, and gold in both the 200m and 400m sprints.[12]

In 2007, she set a new world record in the women's 800 metre sprint in her disability category, with a time of 2’6’’76.[5] The same year, she competed against non-disabled athletes in the 800 metres at the French national indoors championships, finishing fifth.[13]

As of 2007, El Hannouni is studying journalism at the Institut national du sport et de l'éducation physique (National Institute of Sport and Physical Education).[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Assia El'Hannouni: Courir contre les ombres", Télé 7 Jours, September 6, 2008, p.54
  2. ^ "Le passe de quatre pour Assia El Hannouni", Direction départementale de la jeunesse et des sports du Val-de-Marne
  3. ^ "la femme du jour Assia El Hannouni", L'Humanité, September 29, 2004
  4. ^ "Sprint queen El Hannouni bows out with gold". France24. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Assia El Hannouni, le sens de la course", L'Humanité, June 27, 2007
  6. ^ a b "La Reine Assia", Fédération Française d'Athlétisme
  7. ^ "La France vise une soixantaine de médailles", Radio France Internationale, June 27, 2008
  8. ^ "La France vise une soixantaine de médailles", Radio France Internationale, June 27, 2008
  9. ^ "Jeux Paralympiques Pékin 2008 : Assia El Hannouni, porte drapeau de la délégation française", RTL, June 27, 2008
  10. ^ "Paralympiques - Les Français en demi-teinte", Le petit journal, September 10, 2008
  11. ^ "Results - Tuesday 9 September", BBC
  12. ^ List of French medallists, official website of the 2008 Paralympics
  13. ^ "Assia El-Hannouni voit l'avenir en courant", Marianne, February 24, 2008