Hasna BENHASSI

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    01 JUN 1978
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    115704
Hasna Benhassi of Morocco celebrates winning silver in the 800m (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 52.74 Tivoli (ITA) 05 SEP 2002
800 Metres 1:56.43 Athina (GRE) 23 AUG 2004
1000 Metres 2:33.15 Nice (FRA) 17 JUL 1999
1500 Metres 4:02.54 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2003
One Mile 4:32.99 Linz (AUT) 05 JUL 1998
4x400 Metres Relay 3:39.59 Vila Real de Santo António (POR) 30 MAY 2010

Indoor

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

Latest Active Season: 2011

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 2:02.34 Bottrop (GER) 15 JUL 2011
1500 Metres 4:27.40 Vila Real de Santo António (POR) 29 MAY 2011

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 55.06 Albufeira (POR) 26 MAY 2007
2002 52.74 Tivoli (ITA) 05 SEP 2002

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 2:02.34 Bottrop (GER) 15 JUL 2011
2010 2:01.02 Huelva (ESP) 09 JUN 2010
2009 1:59.03 Madrid (ESP) 04 JUL 2009
2008 1:56.73 Beijing (CHN) 18 AUG 2008
2007 1:56.84 Osaka (JPN) 26 AUG 2007
2006 1:58.24 Lausanne (SUI) 11 JUL 2006
2005 1:58.41 Roma (ITA) 08 JUL 2005
2004 1:56.43 Athina (GRE) 23 AUG 2004
2003 2:01.08 Trikala (GRE) 24 JUN 2003
2000 1:58.47 Nürnberg (GER) 25 JUN 2000
1999 1:57.45 Lausanne (SUI) 02 JUL 1999
1998 1:58.47 Nice (FRA) 16 JUL 1998
1997 2:00.48 Stockholm (SWE) 07 JUL 1997
1996 2:07.12 Sydney (AUS) 21 AUG 1996
1994 2:14.72 Algiers (ALG) 07 JUL 1994

Outdoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 2:34.35 Huelva (ESP) 13 SEP 2007
2004 2:41.48 Torrevieja (ESP) 10 APR 2004
1999 2:33.15 Nice (FRA) 17 JUL 1999
1998 2:43.70 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 25 APR 1998

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 4:27.40 Vila Real de Santo António (POR) 29 MAY 2011
2010 4:15.23 Vila Real de Santo António (POR) 30 MAY 2010
2009 4:07.80 Rabat (MAR) 23 MAY 2009
2006 4:20.86 Valencia (ESP) 28 MAY 2006
2004 4:04.42 Paris (FRA) 23 JUL 2004
2003 4:02.54 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2003
2002 4:05.28 Lausanne (SUI) 02 JUL 2002
2000 4:14.28 St. Antonio (POR) 28 MAY 2000
1999 4:05.29 Athina (GRE) 30 MAY 1999
1998 4:05.15 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 1998

Outdoor

One Mile

Performance Place Date
1998 4:32.99 Linz (AUT) 05 JUL 1998

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2010 3:39.59 Vila Real de Santo António (POR) 30 MAY 2010
1994 3:57.42 Algiers (ALG) 08 JUL 1994

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009/10 2:01.87 Valencia (ESP) 13 FEB 2010
2006/07 2:03.85 Valencia (ESP) 10 FEB 2007
2005/06 2:00.34 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006
2000/01 1:59.86 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2001
1998/99 1:59.33 Birmingham (GBR) 14 FEB 1999

Indoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
1998/99 2:37.89 Stuttgart (GER) 07 FEB 1999

Indoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2002/03 4:06.72 Birmingham (GBR) 21 FEB 2003
2000/01 4:04.48 Dortmund (GER) 11 FEB 2001

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 800 Metres 1:56.43 Athina (GRE) 23 AUG 2004
3. 800 Metres 1:56.73 Beijing (CHN) 18 AUG 2008
8. 800 Metres 1:59.27 Sydney (AUS) 25 SEP 2000

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 800 Metres 1:56.99 Osaka (JPN) 28 AUG 2007
2. 800 Metres 1:59.42 Helsinki (FIN) 09 AUG 2005

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 4:10.83 Lisboa (POR) 11 MAR 2001
3. 800 Metres 2:00.34 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006
5. 800 Metres 1:59.57 Maebashi (JPN) 07 MAR 1999
8. 1500 Metres 4:09.03 Birmingham (GBR) 16 MAR 2003

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:59.01 Algiers (ALG) 14 JUL 2000
2. 800 Metres 2:01.24 Dakar (SEN) 20 AUG 1998
3. 1500 Metres 4:20.15 Radés (TUN) 10 AUG 2002

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 2:01.42 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004
2. 800 Metres 1:59.86 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005
3. 800 Metres 1:59.44 Stuttgart (GER) 10 SEP 2006

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:59.06 Bruxelles (BEL) 25 AUG 2006
1. 800 Metres 1:58.41 Roma (ITA) 08 JUL 2005

Honours - Mediterranean Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 2:03.70 Bari (ITA) 17 JUN 1997

Honours - Pan-Arab Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 2:06.29 Beirut (LBN) 16 JUL 1997

Honours - World Military Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 52.74 Tivoli (ITA) 05 SEP 2002

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:57.42 Algiers (ALG) 08 JUL 1994
Results in:

800 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
28 MAY 2011 Vila Real de Santo António ECCC Group A PORPOR D F 4. 2:10.97
15 JUL 2011 Bottrop Internationales Meeting GERGER E F 4. 2:02.34

1500 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
29 MAY 2011 Vila Real de Santo António ECCC Group A PORPOR D F 5. 4:27.40


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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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