Nouria Mérah-Benida

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Nouria Mérah-Benida
Personal information
Born October 19, 1970
Algiers

Nouria Merah-Benida (Arabic: نورية مراح بنيدة‎) (born October 19, 1970 in Algiers) is a former Algerian middle distance runner.

At the 1999 All-Africa Games in Johannesburg Merah-Benida won silver medals in both 800 metres and 1500 metres. At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney she won an extremely surprising gold medal ahead of Romanians Violeta Szekely (silver) and Gabriela Szabo (bronze).[1] The same year she won an 800 m silver medal and a 1500 m gold medal at the African Championships. She retired after the 2001 season.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Algeria
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia 23rd (h) 800 m 2:02.44
1997 Mediterranean Games Bari, Italy 1st 1500 m 4:11.27
World Championships Athens, Greece 11th (sf) 800 m 2:01.08
29th (h) 1500 m 4:12.21
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 10th (sf) 800 m 2:03.10
World Championships Seville, Spain 19th (h) 1500 m 4:08.90
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 2nd 800 m 2:00.83
2nd 1500 m 4:18.69
2000 African Championships Algiers, Algeria 2nd 800 m 1:59.73
1st 1500 m 4:16.14
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 1st 1500 m 4:05.10
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 24th (h) 1500 m 4:15.06
2006 African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 3rd 800 m 2:02.18
1st 1500 m 4:23.26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holmes fades in 1500m". BBC News. September 30, 2000. Retrieved 2007-07-18.