Mina AIT HAMMOU

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Morocco Morocco
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    18 JUL 1978
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    179163
Mutola (right) loses to Cherkasova (left).  Amina Ait Hammou is 4th (cent) (KEYSTONE/Laurent Gillieron)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 53.54 Algiers (ALG) 05 OCT 2004
800 Metres 1:57.82 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2003
1000 Metres 2:42.91 Nice (FRA) 08 JUL 2000
1500 Metres 4:44.69 Khémisset (MAR) 02 JUL 2011
4x400 Metres Relay 3:38.24 Algiers (ALG) 04 OCT 2004

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 2:01.54 Dortmund (GER) 05 FEB 2003
1000 Metres 2:39.61 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2005

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2011

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1500 Metres 4:44.69 Khémisset (MAR) 02 JUL 2011

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004 53.54 Algiers (ALG) 05 OCT 2004
2003 54.52 Radés (TUN) 25 JUN 2003

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010 2:08.77 Kortrijk (BEL) 11 JUL 2010
2008 2:00.46 Hengelo (NED) 24 MAY 2008
2007 1:59.51 Osaka (JPN) 26 AUG 2007
2006 1:59.92 Heusden-Zolder (BEL) 22 JUL 2006
2005 1:59.91 Rieti (ITA) 28 AUG 2005
2004 1:58.92 Zürich (SUI) 06 AUG 2004
2003 1:57.82 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2003
2002 2:01.03 Laguna (ESP) 14 SEP 2002
2001 2:00.47 Nürnberg (GER) 17 JUN 2001
2000 2:03.16 Casablanca (MAR) 26 JUL 2000
1999 2:03.76 Palma de Mallorca (ESP) 10 JUL 1999

Outdoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2000 2:42.91 Nice (FRA) 08 JUL 2000

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 4:44.69 Khémisset (MAR) 02 JUL 2011

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2004 3:38.24 Algiers (ALG) 04 OCT 2004

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007/08 2:03.10 Athina (GRE) 13 FEB 2008
2005/06 2:03.27 Valencia (ESP) 11 FEB 2006
2004/05 2:01.87 Stockholm (SWE) 15 FEB 2005
2003/04 2:03.67 Stuttgart (GER) 31 JAN 2004
2002/03 2:01.54 Dortmund (GER) 05 FEB 2003

Indoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004/05 2:39.61 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2005
2002/03 2:39.80 Birmingham (GBR) 21 FEB 2003

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 800 Metres 2:01.09 Paris (FRA) 26 AUG 2003

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 800 Metres 2:03.94 Radés (TUN) 07 AUG 2002
4. 800 Metres 2:02.41 Bambous (MRI) 13 AUG 2006

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 800 Metres 2:01.78 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004
3. 800 Metres 1:59.97 Monaco (MON) 14 SEP 2003

Honours - Pan-Arab Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:38.24 Algiers (ALG) 04 OCT 2004
Results in:

1500 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
02 JUL 2011 Khémisset MARMAR F F 4. 4:44.69


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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.

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