Abdul Baser Wasiqi

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Abdul Baser Wasiqi is an Afghan athlete.

Wasiqi represented Afghanistan at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He injured his leg (hamstring muscle) before the marathon, but took part nonetheless.[1] He completed the race despite his injury, after limping the whole way, with a time of 4:24:17, well short of his personal best of two hours and thirty-three minutes.[2][3] He finished 111th and last, nearly an hour and a half behind the second-slowest competitor. Wasiqi reached the stadium and found "workmen [...] preparing the arena for the closing ceremony" and "tarpaulin being laid across the running track".[4][5] Preparations were suspended long enough for Baser to reach the finish line.

Wasiqi was the only Afghan competitor at the 1996 Games.[2]


  1. ^ "The true spirit of the Games", Reuters, August 27, 2004
  2. ^ a b "Taleban hope to get ban revoked", Reuters, August 17, 2000
  3. ^ Olympic Track and Field, Brian Belval, 2007, ISBN 1-4042-0971-9, p.24
  4. ^ "Britain stuck in time warp as the world races further ahead", The Telegraph, August 5, 1996
  5. ^ "Sibson could tell Sunderland about hidings to nothing", The Guardian, January 6, 2006

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