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Djibouti at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Djibouti at the Olympic Games

Flag of Djibouti
IOC code  DJI
NOC Comité National Olympique Djiboutien
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 2 in 1 sports
Flag bearer Hussein Ahmed Salah
Medals Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
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Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games

Djibouti took part in the 2008 Summer Olympics, which were held in Beijing, China from 8 to 24 August 2008.[1] The country's participation at Beijing marked its sixth appearance in the Summer Olympics since its debut in 1984.[1] The Djibouti delegation included two athletes in 2008; Mahamoud Farah, a middle-distance runner, and Fathia Ali Bouraleh, a sprinter. Hussein Ahmed Salah, Djibouti's only Olympic medalist, was selected as the flag bearer for both the opening and closing ceremonies despite not competing in 2008.[2] None of the Djiboutian athletes progressed further than the heat round.[3]

Background[edit]

Djibouti participated in five summer Olympic games between its debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States of America and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[1] Djibouti made their Olympic debut in 1984, sending three athletes to the games.[4] The most number of Djiboutian athletes participating in a summer games is eight[1] in the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain.[5] Only one Djiboutian athlete has ever won a medal at the Olympics, that was Hussein Ahmed Salah, a marathon runner, who won a bronze medal in the 1988 marathon.[6] Two athletes from Djibouti were selected to compete in the Beijing games; Mahamoud Farah in the track and field 1500 meters and Fathia Ali Bouraleh in the track and field 100 m.[3]

Athletics[edit]

Djibouti was represented by one male athlete at the 2008 Olympics in athletics:[3] Mahamoud Farah, a 1500 meters runner.[3] It was Farah's Olympic debut but he had previously competed in the 2007 IAAF World Championships.[7] He competed on 15 August in Beijing,[8] and finished 8th out of 12 in heat four[a] in a time of 3 minutes and 43.62 seconds.[8] He was 8.83 seconds behind the winner of his heat, Mohamed Moustaoui.[8] Overall he finished 42nd out of 53 athletes,[a] and he was 1.32 seconds slower than the slowest athlete that progressed to the semi-final round and, therefore, that was the end of his competition.[9]

The Beijing National Stadium, where Farah and Ali Bouraleh competed

Competing at her first Olympics,[10] Fathia Ali Bouraleh was the oldest competitor for Djibouti at these Olympics, aged 20.[11] She competed in the 100 meters on 16 August.[12] Ali Bouraleh was drawn into heat four.[12] Ali Bouraleh ran a time of 14.29 seconds and finished last in her heat, 2.99 second behind the winner, Chandra Sturrup.[12] She finished 84th out of 85 athletes overall and was 0.51 seconds faster than the slowest athlete, Robina Muqimyar.[13] She was 3.16 seconds behind the fastest athlete and 2.64 seconds behind the slowest athlete who progressed to the semi-finals, Thi Huong Vu.[13] Therefore, Ali Bouraleh did not progress to the quarter-finals.[13]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Mahamoud Farah 1500 m 3:43.62 9 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Fathia Ali Bouraleh 100 m 14.29 8 Did not advance

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b One athlete, Rashid Ramzi, was disqualified.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sports Reference – Countries – Djibouti". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "List of flagbearers Bejing 2008" (PDF). olympic.org. 8 August 2008. p. 1. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Sports Reference – Beijing 2008 – Djibouti – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sports Reference – Los Angeles 1984 – Djibouti". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sports Reference – Barcelona 1992 – Djibouti". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sports Reference – Seoul 1998 – Djibouti – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "IAAF – Athletes – Djibouti – Mahamoud Farah – Honours". IAAF. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Men – 1500 meters – Heats – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Men – 1500 meters – Heats – Summary". IAAF. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sports Reference – Olympics – Athletes – Djibouti – Fathia Ali Bouraleh". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sports Reference – Beijing 2008 – Djibouti". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Women – 100 meters – Heats – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Women – 100 meters – Heats – Summary". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2014.