Hasna Benhassi

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    01 JUN 1978
Hasna Benhassi of Morocco celebrates winning silver in the 800m (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
800 Metres 1:56.43 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 23 AUG 2004
1000 Metres 2:33.15 Nice 17 JUL 1999
1500 Metres 4:02.54 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 11 JUL 2003
One Mile 4:32.99 Linz 05 JUL 1998

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
800 Metres 1:59.33 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 14 FEB 1999
1000 Metres 2:37.89 Stuttgart 07 FEB 1999
1500 Metres 4:04.48 Dortmund 11 FEB 2001

Progression - Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 2:02.34 Bottrop 15 JUL
2010 2:01.02 Huelva (Estadio Iberoamericano) 09 JUN
2009 1:59.03 Madrid 04 JUL
2008 1:56.73 Beijing (National Stadium) 18 AUG
2007 1:56.84 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 26 AUG
2006 1:58.24 Lausanne (Pontaise) 11 JUL
2005 1:58.41 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 08 JUL
2004 1:56.43 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 23 AUG
2003 2:01.08 Tríkala 24 JUN
2000 1:58.47 Nürnberg 25 JUN
1999 1:57.45 Lausanne (Pontaise) 02 JUL
1998 1:58.47 Nice 16 JUL
1997 2:00.48 Stockholm 07 JUL
1996 2:04.6 01 JAN

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 2:34.35 Huelva (Estadio Iberoamericano) 13 SEP
2004 2:41.48 Torrevieja 10 APR
1999 2:33.15 Nice 17 JUL

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009 4:07.80 Rabat 23 MAY
2004 4:04.42 Paris Saint-Denis 23 JUL
2003 4:02.54 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 11 JUL
2002 4:05.28 Lausanne (Pontaise) 02 JUL
1999 4:05.29 Athína 30 MAY
1998 4:05.15 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 14 JUL
1997 4:27.1 01 JAN

One Mile

Performance Place Date
1998 4:32.99 Linz 05 JUL

Progression - Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010 2:01.87 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 13 FEB
2007 2:03.85 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 10 FEB
2006 2:00.34 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 12 MAR
2001 1:59.86 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 18 FEB
1999 1:59.33 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 14 FEB

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
1999 2:37.89 Stuttgart 07 FEB

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2003 4:06.72 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 21 FEB
2001 4:04.48 Dortmund 11 FEB

Honours - 800 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 4sf1 2:00.06 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 17 AUG 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games 3 1:56.73 Beijing (National Stadium) 18 AUG 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 1:56.99 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 28 AUG 2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final 3 1:59.44 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 10 SEP 2006
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 3 2:00.34 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 12 MAR 2006
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final 2 1:59.86 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 10 SEP 2005
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 1:59.42 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 09 AUG 2005
2nd IAAF World Athletics Final 1 2:01.42 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 19 SEP 2004
28th Olympic Games 2 1:56.43 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 23 AUG 2004
27th Olympic Games 8 1:59.27 Sydney (Olympic Stadium) 25 SEP 2000
7th IAAF World Indoor Championships 5 1:59.57 Maebashi (Green Dome) 07 MAR 1999
6th IAAF World Championships In Athletics 7sf1 2:03.70 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 07 AUG 1997
6th IAAF World Junior Championships 7sf2 2:25.10 Sydney (SIAC Homebush) 22 AUG 1996

Honours - 1500 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
28th Olympic Games 12 4:12.90 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 28 AUG 2004
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics h3 DNS Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 27 AUG 2003
9th IAAF World Indoor Championships 8 4:09.03 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 16 MAR 2003
8th IAAF World Indoor Championships 1 4:10.83 Lisboa (Atlantic Pavillion) 11 MAR 2001
27th Olympic Games h1283 DNS Sydney (Olympic Stadium) 27 SEP 2000

Honours - Short Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF World Cross Country Championships 73 13:57 Marrakech 22 MAR 1998


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Updated February 23 2006

Hasna BENHASSI, (benHASSsee), Morocco (800m, 1500m)

Born: 1 June 1978, Marrakech.

Hasna Benhassi was already among the greatest Moroccan women athletes in history even before her silver medal 800m performances in the Athens Olympics and the Helsinki World Championships. She had won gold at 800m in the 2000 African Championships and at 1500m in the 2001 World Indoor Championships in Lisbon, becoming only the second female Moroccan athlete, after Nezha Bidouane, to win a World Championship title. But she has remained very much in the shadow of her brilliant compatriot, Hicham El Guerrouj. She hopes continued medal winning performances, including this year in Moscow, will finally enable her to emerge as a star on her own.

She began running for the Sidi Youssef Ben Ali track club in Marrakech. Following good results in high school, she was enrolled by the city’s leading club, Kawkab (The Star) and was later spotted by talent scouts from the Institut National d’Athlétisme of Rabat. She entered the Institute in 1996. "From then on, I knew I'd turn into a champion," she says. That same year she took part in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Sydney, where she reached the semi finals of the 800m.

Her ambition was soon rewarded with a gold in the 800m at the 1997 Mediterranean Games in Bari and another at the Pan-Arab Games in Beyrouth. At the Athens World Championships one month later, her lack of experience hurt, as she failed to reach the semi-finals. The following year, she took the silver medal at the African Championships in Dakar. While her 1999 performances on the European track circuit (1:57.45 in Lausanne) showed her to be a leading contender for the Seville World Championships, she was sidelined by a fractured shinbone that required surgery and long months of therapy.

Hasna wasn’t discouraged, however. After a modest 8th place at the Sydney Olympics, she captured her first major global title with her victory in the 1500m at the 2001 World Indoor Championships in Lisbon.

A few months later, Hasna (which means “charming”) took a break to have a baby. She and her husband, Mohssine Chéhibi (4th in the 800m at the Athens Olympics), named their daughter Farah (“joy “).

Following her sabbatical year, Hasna began competing again, and after a rather low key 2003, she was clearly back in fine form in 2004—nine races at 800m leading up to the Olympics, never finishing worse than 3rd, and six times going under 2:00. She cruised through the early rounds of the 800 in Athens, and in the final fell just short of besting Kelly Holmes’ stretch drive, coming 2nd by 0.05 in 1:56.43, and breaking her own national record. Boldly doubling in the 1500, she looked comfortable enough in the heats and semi-final to bid for a second medal, but the effect of her six tough races became evident in the 1500 final as she faded to 12th in 4:12.90.

In 2005, Hasna confirmed her star status with another silver at the Helsinki World Championships. Each time, though her excellent results have been overshadowed, first by Hicham El Guerrouj's historic 1500m-5000m double in Athens and then by Jaouad Gharib's successful defence of his marathon title in 2005. After achieving her early dreams, Hasna Benhassi is now eyeing a Beijing 2008 gold medal to crown her career. 
Yearly progression 800/1500:  1996 - 2:04.6/ 4:22.0;  1997 - 2:00.48/--;  1998 - 1:58.47/ 4:05.15;  1999 - 1:57.45 NR/ 4:05.29;  2000 - 1:58.47/ 4:14.28;  2001 - --/4:04.48i NR;  2002 - --/ 4:05.28;  2003 - 2:01.08/ 4:02.54;  2004 - 1:56.43 NR/ 4:04.42 (Paris GL, 4th); 2005 – 1:58.41

Championship record:
Silver medal, 800m, World Championships, Helsinki, 2005
12th 1500m, Olympic Games, Athens, 2004
Silver medal, 800m, Olympic Games, Athens, 2004
8th 1500m, World Indoor Championships, Birmingham, 2003
Bronze medal, 1500m, African Championships, Tunis, 2002
Gold medal, 1500m, World Indoor Championships, Lisbon,  2001
8th 800m, Olympic Games, Sydney, 2000
Gold medal, 800m, African Championships, Algiers, 2000
5th 800m, World Indoor Championships, Maebashi, 1999
Silver medal, 800m, African Championships, Dakar, 1998
Semi-finalist, 800m, World Championships, Athens, 1997
Gold medal, 800m, Mediterranean Games, Bari, 1997
Semi-finalist, 800m, World Junior Championships, Sydney, 1996

Prepared by Mohammed Benchrif for the IAAF. © 2006 IAAF.

 

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