Rubab Raza

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Rubab Raza
Personal information
Birth name Rubab Raza
Born (1991-01-15) January 15, 1991 (age 23)
Lahore, Pakistan
Sport Swimming
Rubab Raza
Medal record
Women's Swimming
Competitor for  Pakistan
Gold 2005 Tehran 50 m Freestyle
Silver 2004 Islamabad 4x100 M Medley Relay
Silver 2004 Islamabad 4x100 M Free Style Relay
Silver 2005 Tehran 4x100 M Freestyle Relay
Bronze 2004 Islamabad 100 Back Stroke
Bronze 2005 Tehran 4x200 M F. Relay
Bronze 2006 Colombo 50 m freestyle
Bronze 2006 Colombo 50 m backstroke

Rubab Raza (Urdu: رُباب رضا‎; born January 15, 1991[1]) is an Olympic and national-record-holding swimmer from Pakistan. She became Pakistan's first female Olympic swimmer when she swam at the 2004 Olympics.[2][3]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics, she swam the 50m Freestyle, though unable to progress through the first round she undoubtedly opened up the opportunity for future female Pakistani swimmers. She became the second Pakistani female to compete at the Olympics—following Shabana Akhtar at the 1996 Olympics—shortly before the country's third female competitor, Sumaira Zahoor, who ran the 1500m at the 2004 Games a few days after Raza swam. At the age of 13 at the time of her Olympic race, Raza was the youngest Pakistani female ever to compete at an Olympics.

The Pakistani Swimming Federation funded her with only $30 a month, but she was fortunate to have support from her father who is a retired army major and her mother who is a doctor.

She has won a number of national titles, and has seen success at Asian swimming tournaments.

She has also swum for Pakistan at the:


  1. ^ Raza's entry from; retrieved 2011-01-24.
  2. ^ Pakistan girl gets Olympic dream, published by the BBC on 2004-06-16; retrieved 2011-01-24.
  3. ^ Pakistan girl makes Olympic history, published by the BBC on 2004-08-20; retrieved 2011-01-24.