Athlete Profile

Mina Ait Hammou

  • COUNTRY Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH 18 JUL 1978
Mutola (right) loses to Cherkasova (left).  Amina Ait Hammou is 4th (cent) (KEYSTONE/Laurent Gillieron)
Mutola (right) loses to Cherkasova (left).  Amina Ait Hammou is 4th (cent) (KEYSTONE/Laurent Gillieron)
  • COUNTRY Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH 18 JUL 1978


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Amina Ait Hammou (HAmoo) Morocco (800 metres)

Born 18 July  1978,  Kenitra (40 km north of Rabat), Morocco

Amina Ait Hammou, who burst into world prominence in 800m last year with the #3 performance of 2003 and a 4th place in the Paris World Championships, became an athlete almost by accident.

She was a soccer and handball star for her local club, the KAC, in her home town of Kenitra. “In fact, it was my younger sister, Soltana, who had been an athlete for two years already, who pushed me to try athletics.”

Early in 1999, three months after starting to train with her sister, Amina took part in a local track meeting in Meknes, where she ran the 800m in 2:10 and a 1500m in 4:32. As she was a student, she was eligible for World University Games in Majorca, Spain, where she progressed to an amazing 2:03.76 with virtually no training or experience. This showed that she could go much further, but she felt she had to choose between her university studies and a career in athletics, as she believed it would be impossible to do both well. She chose track, and soon her talent enabled her to approach the highest levels.

Amina, whose idols are the great 400m hurdles runners Nawal El Moutawakel and Nezha Bidouane, was recruited by the prestigious FUS club in Rabat, and she was later admitted to the city’s  Institut National d’Athlétisme. There she trains with her sister Soltana, amongst others, under the guidance of Hasna Benhassi’s former coach, Driss Ouajjou.

Yearly progression: 1999 – 2:03.76;  2000 – 2:03.16;  2001 – 2:00.47;  2002 – 2:01.03;  2003 – 1:57.82 (Rome GL);  2004 – 1:58.92 (Zurich).

Record in Major Championships:

Heats (2:03.76), World University Games, Majorca, Spain, 1999
Heats (2:03.25), Olympics Games, Sydney, 2000
4th (2:01.75), Jeux de la Francophonie, Ottawa, 2001
4th, Mediterranean Games, Tunis, 2001
3rd (2:03.94), African Championships, in Tunis, in 2002
Semi-final (2:04.16), World Indoor Championships, Birmingham, 2003
4th (2:01.09), World Championships, Paris, 2003
3rd (1:59.97), World Athletics Final, Monaco, 2003
Semi-final (2:06.17), World Indoor Championships, Budapest, 2004
Semi-final (2:00.66), Olympic Games, Athens, 2004

Prepared by Mohammed Bencherif  for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. © 2004 IAAF.

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
800 Metres 1:57.82 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 11 JUL 2003
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
800 Metres 2:01.54 Dortmund 05 FEB 2003
1000 Metres 2:39.61 Birmingham 18 FEB 2005
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
800 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2008 2:00.46 Hengelo 24 MAY
2007 1:59.51 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 26 AUG
2006 1:59.92 Heusden-Zolder 22 JUL
2005 1:59.91 Rieti 28 AUG
2004 1:58.92 Zürich 06 AUG
2003 1:57.82 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 11 JUL
2002 2:01.03 La Laguna 14 SEP
2001 2:00.47 Nürnberg 17 JUN
2000 2:01.99 Rabat 17 JUN
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
800 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2008 2:03.10 Peanía 13 FEB
2006 2:03.27 Valencia, ESP 11 FEB
2005 2:01.87 Stockholm 15 FEB
2004 2:03.67 Stuttgart 31 JAN
2003 2:01.54 Dortmund 05 FEB
1000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2005 2:39.61 Birmingham 18 FEB
2003 2:39.80 Birmingham 21 FEB
Honours - 800 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 3sf2 1:59.51 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 26 AUG 2007
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 5h3 2:05.11 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 10 MAR 2006
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 5sf1 2:00.22 Helsinki 07 AUG 2005
2nd IAAF World Athletics Final 3 2:01.78 Monaco 19 SEP 2004
28th Olympic Games 7sf1 2:00.66 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 21 AUG 2004
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships 6sf2 2:06.17 Budapest (Sport Arena) 06 MAR 2004
1st IAAF World Athletics Final 3 1:59.97 Monaco 14 SEP 2003
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 4 2:01.09 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 26 AUG 2003
9th IAAF World Indoor Championships 5sf2 2:04.16 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 15 MAR 2003
27th Olympic Games 5h1282 2:03.25 Sydney 22 SEP 2000


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Amina Ait Hammou (HAmoo) Morocco (800 metres)

Born 18 July  1978,  Kenitra (40 km north of Rabat), Morocco

Amina Ait Hammou, who burst into world prominence in 800m last year with the #3 performance of 2003 and a 4th place in the Paris World Championships, became an athlete almost by accident.

She was a soccer and handball star for her local club, the KAC, in her home town of Kenitra. “In fact, it was my younger sister, Soltana, who had been an athlete for two years already, who pushed me to try athletics.”

Early in 1999, three months after starting to train with her sister, Amina took part in a local track meeting in Meknes, where she ran the 800m in 2:10 and a 1500m in 4:32. As she was a student, she was eligible for World University Games in Majorca, Spain, where she progressed to an amazing 2:03.76 with virtually no training or experience. This showed that she could go much further, but she felt she had to choose between her university studies and a career in athletics, as she believed it would be impossible to do both well. She chose track, and soon her talent enabled her to approach the highest levels.

Amina, whose idols are the great 400m hurdles runners Nawal El Moutawakel and Nezha Bidouane, was recruited by the prestigious FUS club in Rabat, and she was later admitted to the city’s  Institut National d’Athlétisme. There she trains with her sister Soltana, amongst others, under the guidance of Hasna Benhassi’s former coach, Driss Ouajjou.

Yearly progression: 1999 – 2:03.76;  2000 – 2:03.16;  2001 – 2:00.47;  2002 – 2:01.03;  2003 – 1:57.82 (Rome GL);  2004 – 1:58.92 (Zurich).

Record in Major Championships:

Heats (2:03.76), World University Games, Majorca, Spain, 1999
Heats (2:03.25), Olympics Games, Sydney, 2000
4th (2:01.75), Jeux de la Francophonie, Ottawa, 2001
4th, Mediterranean Games, Tunis, 2001
3rd (2:03.94), African Championships, in Tunis, in 2002
Semi-final (2:04.16), World Indoor Championships, Birmingham, 2003
4th (2:01.09), World Championships, Paris, 2003
3rd (1:59.97), World Athletics Final, Monaco, 2003
Semi-final (2:06.17), World Indoor Championships, Budapest, 2004
Semi-final (2:00.66), Olympic Games, Athens, 2004

Prepared by Mohammed Bencherif  for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. © 2004 IAAF.