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Name AL KHAFAJI Danah Hussein A.
NOC IRQ - Iraq Iraq Date of Birth 03 JAN 1986
Residence Gender Female
Height 168 cm Weight 55 kg
Discipline Athletics

Athletics

Result
Date Time Event Phase Results
Rank Time Record
30 SEP 2014 19:10 Women's 200m Round 1 Heat 1 4 24.38
27 SEP 2014 20:27 Women's 400m Round 1 Heat 2 5 54.78

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocationResult
Asian Games
54 x 400m Relay2010Guangzhou, CHN3:45.44
94 x 100m Relay2010Guangzhou, CHN47.46
12400m2010Guangzhou, CHN56.35
15200m2006Doha, QAT25.61
18100m2006Doha, QAT12.44
Olympic Games
59100m2008Beijing, CHN12.36
48100m2012London, GBR11.81
World Championships
45200m2013Moscow, RUS24.57
46100m2009Berlin, GER12.38
Asian Championships
6200m2013Pune, IND24.12

Detailed Information

Biography
Languages Spoken Arabic
Sporting / famous Relatives Her brother is a bodybuilder and her father was a cyclist with the Iraqi national team. (csmonitor.com, 07 Apr 2007, npr.org, 01 May 2008)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
She took up running in 2001 at the Dhofar School in Baghdad, Iraq. (Inc Iraq, 19 May 2005)

Reason for taking up this sport
She loves running. (Athlete, 25 Apr 2005)

Awards
She was the flag bearer for Iraq's in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (olympic.org, 27 Jul 2012; oregonlive.com, 04 Ago 2012)


General
OLYMPIC ASSISTANCE
While preparing for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing she attracted the unexpected support of US lawyer Laura J. Hagen, who read a story about her in a newspaper article. Hagen heard about the difficult and dangerous training conditions and lobbied a sports shop to provide her with training shoes and sent money through a bank in Qatar to assist the Iraq athletics team's training. The pair were able to personally meet one another in Beijing, where Razak took the opportunity to thank her supporter. (nytimes.com, 31 Dec 2008)

TRAINING UNDER FIRE
After qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she was the only Iraq athlete who decided to keep training in Iraq, despite the armed conflict. She said she had to avoid shootings, bombs and sometimes even sniper bullets in her efforts to continue training. "Once when I was training in Baghdad a sniper opened fire on me. When the sniper opened fire on me I was back practising half an hour later, but we used the other side of the playing field. I will continue my training, even if there are snipers." (reuters, 27 Mar 2008, npr.org 01 May 2008, kaldaya.net, 20 Ago 2008)