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Name KOHISTANI Tahmina
NOC AFG - Afghanistan Afghanistan Date of Birth 18 JUN 1989
Residence Gender Female
Height 160 cm Weight 54 kg
Discipline Athletics

Athletics

Result
Date Time Event Phase Results
Rank Time Record
30 SEP 2014 19:17 Women's 200m Round 1 Heat 2 8 31.08

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocationResult
Olympic Games
78100m2012London, GBR14.42
World Junior Championships
64100m2008Bydgoszcz, POL15.00

Detailed Information

Biography
Hobbies Writing poetry, and listening to American and Indian music while she runs. (dw.de, 26 Jul 2012; humanrightsfirst.org, 01 Aug 2012)
Occupation Student
Higher education Teaching - Kabul University, Afghanistan
Languages Spoken Arabic, English
International debut 2008 for Afghanistan (humanrightsfirst.org, 01 Aug 2012)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
She began at age 14. (csmonitor.com, 26 Jul 2012)

Reason for taking up this sport
"When I was about 14, I was playing basketball in my school and after that I became a runner." (Village Life, 05 Aug 2012)

Ambitions
She would like to open up a centre in Kabul to help female athletes take up sport, and would like the country to better accept females within sport. "Before, my greatest desire was to take part in the Olympic Games. I worked eight years for this. Now, I want my country to accept and support women doing sport. I would like to inspire young Afghan girls and women to take up sport. This would be worth much more than a winning gold medal." (dw.de, 26 Jul 2012, guardian.co.uk, 24 Jul 2012)

Most memorable sporting achievement
Representing her country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. "To me, this is a bigger prize than a gold medal." (Village Life, 05 Aug 2012)

Most influential person in career
Her father. (dw.de, 26 Jul 2012)

General
HISTORY MAKER
She was the only female athlete to represent Afghanistan at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the first female Afghanistan athlete in history to compete at an Olympic Games. (dw.de, 26 Jul 2012)

TOUGH ROAD TO LONDON
She says that training in her home country, where religious restrictions prevent women from engaging in sport, has been difficult. "One day when I was training at the stadium there was more than 100, 200 people sometimes, and they want to disturb me and don't let me prepare." She said her coach has even gotten into physical fights trying to prevent others from disturbing her during training. She requires three cars of supporters to provide security for her every morning as she travels to Kabul's main stadium. A taxi driver once threw her out of his cab when she told him that she would be competing at the Olympic Games in London. (smh.com.au, 03 Aug 2012; humanrightsfirst.org, 01 Aug 2012)

AN INSPIRATION TO AFGHAN WOMEN
She wants her participation at the 2012 Olympic Games to inspire other Afghan women. "I'm coming here [London] to do something for the women of Afghanistan who cannot get out from their houses. They have family problems, they have society exclusion problems [and] because of that they can't do these things that they hoped. But I'm really happy to do something for those women. I know that when I compete there are a lot of Afghan girls and women that are watching me, and they hope that one day they shall be in the place of me. And I am going to open a new way for the women of Afghanistan." (smh.com.au, 03 Aug 2012)

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