Halima Hachlaf

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Halima Hachlaf
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Personal information
Born 6 September 1988 (1988-09-06) (age 29)
Khénifra, Morocco

Halima Hachlaf (born 6 September 1988 in Khénifra) is a Moroccan runner who specializes in the 800 metres. She is the younger sister of Abdelkader Hachlaf, an international steeplechase athlete.[1] She won silver medals in the 800 m at the Mediterranean Games and Jeux de la Francophonie in 2009. Her personal best for the distance is 1:58.27.

Junior career[edit]

Hachlaf began her international career at an early age, competing in the 800 metres at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics when she was fourteen. She qualified for the semi-finals but did not manage to finish the race.[2] She had greater success at the 2004 World Junior Championships the following year, as she recorded a personal best of 2:06.44 in the heats and reached the event final, finishing ninth.[3] In 2005, she entered the IAAF World Cross Country Championships for the first time and was 31st overall in the junior race. At the 2005 World Youth Championships she won her heat and recorded a season's best of 2:06.91 to finish as runner-up in the semi-final behind Teresa Kwamboka. She failed to repeat this form in the final and was fourth in a time of 2:08.61.[4] At the end of the year she competed at the 2005 Jeux de la Francophonie, and won a bronze medal in the 4×400 metres relay.[5]

She was first in the 400 metres at the African Northern Region Junior Championships in July 2006, but was beaten into second by Aicha Rezig in her speciality.[6] She reached the semi-finals of the 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics and ran at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, taking 46th place.[7] Later that year, she ran a personal best of 2:02.60 at a meeting in Biberach, Germany – a mark which made her the third fastest junior woman that year.[8] She won two medals at the 2007 African Junior Championships in Athletics, taking the silver in the 800 m and a bronze in the 1500 metres.[9] The highlight 2008 for Hachlaf was a fourth-place finish at the 2008 African Championships, where she finished in a time of 2:04.74 behind Agnes Samaria.[10]

Senior breakthrough[edit]

The 2009 season brought significant improvements for Hachlaf. She set a new best time of 2:00.91 for the silver medal at the 2009 Mediterranean Games, although she was somewhat behind Elisa Cusma who set a Games record.[11] She competed at her first global senior competition the following month, the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. Hachlaf recorded the fifth fastest qualifying time in the heats stage, but she did not manage to finish the semi-finals, dropping out mid-race. She closed her year with an appearance at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie, where she won another silver medal, just beaten by her compatriot Seltana Aït Hammou.[12] On the final day of the competition she took the bronze medal for Morocco in the 4×400 m relay.[13]

The Moroccan made her first global indoor appearance at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships in March, but missed out on qualification in the heats stage.[7] At the start of the outdoor season she scored an unexpected win over her compatriot Hasna Benhassi at the Meeting International Mohammed VI d'Athlétisme de Rabat in a personal best run of 2:00.63.[14] A few days later she ran at the Golden Gala in Rome and had a significant victory over World Championship medallists Janeth Jepkosgei and Jenny Meadows. She comfortably won in a time of 1:58.40 at the Diamond League meeting, improving her best by over two seconds and scoring her first major win of her career.[15]

Doping suspension[edit]

She served a 4-year competition ban, as a result of abnormalities in her biological passport, lasting from 14 October 2013 to 18 December 2017.[16] This made her the second athlete in her family to receive a doping ban, as her brother Abdelkader Hachlaf was banned for doping in 2004.[17]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (min) Venue Date
800 m 1:58.27 Oslo, Norway 9 June 2011
1500 m 4:06.69 Rabat, Morocco 9 June 2013
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Morocco
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 21st (h) 800 m 2:12.66
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 9th 800 m 2:09.26
2005 World Cross Country Championships Saint-Galmier, France 31st Junior race (6.153 km) 22:42
World Youth Championships Marrakech, Morocco 4th 800 m 2:08.61
Francophonie Games Niamey, Niger 4th 800 m 2:09.64
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:42.48
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 12th (sf) 800 m 2:07.07
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya 46th Junior race (6 km) 24:01
African Junior Championships Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 2nd 800 m 2:06.13
3rd 1500 m 4:20.91
Pan Arab Games Cairo, Egypt 3rd 800 m 2:09.50
2008 African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 4th 800 m 2:04.74
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 2nd 800 m 2:00.91
World Championships Berlin, Germany 23rd (sf) 800 m DNF
Francophonie Games Beirut, Lebanon 2nd 800 metres 2:02.76
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:37.72
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 8th (h) 800 m 2:03.81
African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 8th 800 m DNF
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 24th (sf) 800 m DNF
2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain 11th (sf) 800 m 11th
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 11th (sf) 800 m 11th


  1. ^ Biographical Summaries – Women Doha 2010. IAAF (2010). Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  2. ^ World Youth Championships 800 Metres – W Semi-Final. IAAF (2003-07-12). Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  3. ^ World Junior Championships 800 Metres – W Final. IAAF (2004-07-26). Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  4. ^ World Youth Championships 800 Metres – W Final. IAAF (2005-07-17). Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  5. ^ Fuchs, Carole (2005-12-17). Francophone Games – Final Day. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  6. ^ Benchrif, Mohammed (2006-07-16). African Northern Region Junior Champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  7. ^ a b Hachlaf Halima Biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  8. ^ 800 Metres junior 2007. IAAF (2008-01-31). Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  9. ^ Ouma, Mark (2007-08-13). Rudisha takes expected gold in Ouagadougou as African junior championships conclude. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  10. ^ 2008 African Championships – Women's 800 m final. Archive.org. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  11. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2009-07-02). A good day for hosts and Morocco – Mediterranean Games, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  12. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2009-10-04). Kaltouma and Milazar take 400m titles in Beirut – Francophone Games, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  13. ^ Athlétisme – 4 x 400 Relais Dames. 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  14. ^ Benchrif, Mohammed (2010-06-07). Fraser as expected and surprise from Mekhissi in Rabat – IAAF World Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  15. ^ Overview Disciplines – 10.06.2010 800m – Women Archived 2010-07-05 at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF Diamond League (2010-06-10). Retrieved on 2010-06-11.
  16. ^ IAAF list of suspended athletes
  17. ^ Athletes Sanctioned for a Doping Offence Committed During 2004. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-06-27.

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