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Name JAMAL Maryam Yusuf Isa
NOC BRN - Bahrain Bahrain Date of Birth 16 SEP 1984
Residence Gender Female
Height 170 cm Weight 50 kg
Discipline Athletics

Athletics

Result
Date Time Event Phase Results
Rank Time Record
29 SEP 2014 19:05 Women's 1500m Final Final 1 4:09.90

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocationResult
Asian Games
11500m2010Guangzhou, CHN4:08.22
1800m2006Doha, QAT2:01.79
11500m2006Doha, QAT4:08.63
6800m2010Guangzhou, CHN2:06.07
Olympic Games
31500m2012London, GBR4:10.74
51500m2008Beijing, CHN4:02.71
World Championships
11500m2009Berlin, GER4:03.74
11500m2007Osaka, JPN3:58.75
111500m2011Daegu, KOR4:22.67
World Cross Country Championships
4Team Cross Country Long Distance2011Punta Umbria, ESP87
23Individual Cross Country Long Distance2011Punta Umbria, ESP26:39
Diamond League
11500m2012Stockholm, SWE4:01.19
11500m2012London, GBR4:06.78
11500m2011Monaco, MON4:00.59
11500m2011Rome, ITA4:01.60
31500m2011Brussels, BEL4:01.40
31500m2011Birmingham, GBR4:06.39
8800m2012Monaco, MON2:00.76
93000m2012Doha, QAT8:54.51
102 Miles2014Birmingham, GBR9:33.47
101500m2012Paris Saint-Denis, FRA4:02.84
101500m2011Lausanne, SUI4:10.21
111500m2012Zurich, SUI4:11.05
121500m2014Zurich, SUI4:18.10
123000m2014Doha, QAT8:47.74
121500m2013Monaco, MON4:07.31
131500m2013Birmingham, GBR4:09.99
World Challenge
11500m2011Hengelo, NED4:00.33
61500m2014Hengelo, NED4:04.10
161500m2013Ostrava, CZE4:12.72
World Indoor Championships
33000m2014Sopot, POL8:59.16

Detailed Information

Biography
Sporting / famous Relatives Her husband Tareq Sabt Hasan formerly competed for Ethiopia as Mnashu Taye. (IAAF, 19 Jul 2005)
Injuries She withdrew from the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia because of an undisclosed injury. (gulf-daily-news.com, 08 Aug 2013)<BR/><BR/>Her ankle was spiked in a Diamond League race in May 2012, almost forcing her to withdraw from the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (bahrainathletics.org, 07 Oct 2012)<BR/><BR/>She required stitches in her leg after an incident during the 1500m at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, Korea which prevented her from taking part in a sprint finish in the event. It was unclear exactly which point in the race she picked up the wound. (gulf-daily-news.com, 02 Sep 2011)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
As a young child she walked 16km to school each day and sometimes had to run if she was late. She began running seriously at age 15, in the same Ethiopian village where Haile Gebrselassie started out. (iaaf.org, 11 Sep 2009)

Reason for taking up this sport
"Like all boys and girls from Arsi, I wanted to emulate Gebrselassie." (iaaf.org, 11 Sep 2009)

Ambitions
To win an Olympic gold medal. (bahrainathletics.org, 07 Oct 2012)

Hero
Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie. (iaaf.org, 11 Sep 2009)

Superstitions / Rituals
Before races she either closes her eyes or stands before a mirror repeating, "I am strong and I can win." (bahrainathletics.org, 7 Oct 2012)

General
OLYMPIC HISTORY MAKER
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she became the first Bahraini athlete to win an Olympic medal at any Games in any sport, after winning a bronze in the 1500m. (al-shorfa.com, 04 Oct 2012; bahrainathletics.org, 7 Oct 2012)

FROM ETHIOPIA TO BAHRAIN
After catching the eye of a Switzerland-based manager at the Ethiopian Junior Championships in 2002, she was invited to Switzerland to take part in a few races. She decided to stay in Switzerland and sought political asylum in May 2002, settling in Lausanne. As her refugee status prevented her competing outside Switzerland, she and her husband, in association with Lausanne's Athletissima director Jacky Delapierre, applied to get citizenship with four other countries - France, Turkey, Canada and Bahrain. Bahrain proposed a citizenship change that would free her up for competition on the grounds that she changed her name. She accepted and became Maryam Yusuf Jamal in January 2005. "Bahrain is such a great country. They give athletes like me a lot of support." (timeoutbahrain.com, 29 Sep 2009; Bloomberg.com, 07 Jul 2008)

HEART DEFECT
Her mother discouraged her from running because she had a minor heart defect as a teenager. "I didn't listen to my family, kept running and now look at me. My heart is stronger and my fitness levels are great. Running has helped me with everything in my life." (bahrainathletics.org, 7 Oct 2012)