Somalia at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Somalia at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Flag of Somalia.svg
NOCSomali Olympic Committee
in Athens
Competitors2 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Mohamed Ahmed Alim (head coach)
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Somalia competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. Since the civil war that broke out in the early 1990s, the Somali Olympic Committee has been supported by various factions centered on the capital of Mogadishu.

Somalia's two athletes were Fartun Abukar Omar, who finished last in her qualifying heat in the women's 100 meter sprint and Abdulla Mohamed Hussein who finished with the slowest time of all runners in the qualifying for the men's 400 meters. Many Somali's also followed the progress of American runner Abdihakem Abdirahman who was born in Somalia but left that country at age 13. He finished twelfth in the 10,000 metre race.

The Somali participation was also marked by controversy when the International Olympic Committee banned Farah W. Addo, the president of the Somali Olympic Committee from attending the Games. Addo had earlier been expelled from FIFA for embezzling millions of dollars meant to go the Somali soccer program. After complaints from FIFA, the IOC elected to ban Addo.[1][2]


Somali athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard).[3][4]

  • 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

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Abdulla Mohamed Hussein 400 m 51.52 8 Did not advance
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Fartun Abukar Omar 100 m 14.29 8 Did not advance


  1. ^ "Addo not welcome in Athens". BBC Sport. 10 August 2004. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  2. ^ "IOC: Farah Addo unwelcome in Athens". Somaliland Times. 10 August 2004. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  3. ^ " – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  4. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011.

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