Open main menu

Algeria first competed at the Olympic Games in 1964, and has participated in every Summer Olympic Games since then, except for the boycotted 1976 Summer Olympics. Algeria has also sent athletes to the Winter Olympic Games on three occasions. The National Olympic Committee for Algeria is the Comité Olympique Algérien (Algerian Olympic Committee), founded in 1963.

Algeria at the
Olympics
Flag of Algeria.svg
IOC codeALG
NOCAlgerian Olympic Committee
Websitewww.coa.dz
Medals
Gold
5
Silver
4
Bronze
8
Total
17
Summer appearances
Winter appearances

HistoryEdit

 
Mustapha Moussa winning Algeria's 1st Olympic medal in Los Angeles 1984

Before independence during the French Algeria period, the Algerian athletes were participating with France, among the most famous, the gold medalists Boughera El Ouafi in 1928, Alain Mimoun in 1956 and many others[1].

After independence in 1962, Algeria participated in the Olympic Games for the first time at the 1964 Summer Olympics with gymnast Mohamed Lazhari. Algeria withdrew from the 1976 Summer Olympics due to the refusal of the IOC to ban countries who had competed in South Africa amidst its apartheid policies.[2][3] Almost every nation in Africa participated in the boycott. South Africa itself had been banned from the Olympics since 1964.

In the 1980 Summer Olympics Algeria participated for the first time in a team sport, competing in both football and handball. Their first medal came at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where Mustapha Moussa won bronze in boxing[4][5].

Medal tablesEdit

Medals by sportEdit

SportGoldSilverBronzeTotal
  Athletics4329
  Boxing1056
  Judo0112
Totals (3 sports)54817

By detailEdit

Games Athletes Sports Athletes by sport Medals Total Rank
                                           
  1964 Tokyo 1 1 - - - - - - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1968 Mexico City 3 2 - - 2 - - - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1972 Munich 5 2 4 - 1 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
  1976 Montreal did not participate
  1980 Moscow 57 9 9 - 3 - 1 17 - 14 3 - - - 4 - - - - 3 3 - - -
  1984 Los Angeles 33 3 9 - 7 - - - - 15 - - - - - - - - - 2 - - - 2 2 42
  1988 Seoul 42 7 12 - 1 2 - - - 14 5 - - - - - - 1 - 2 - - - -
  1992 Barcelona 35 7 9 - 8 - - - - - 3 - - - 1 - - - 10 2 2 1 - 1 2 34
  1996 Atlanta 45 9 8 - 6 - 2 - - 16 6 1 - - 1 - - - - 3 2 2 - 1 3 34
  2000 Sydney 47 10 21 - 7 - 2 - 1 - 7 2 - - 3 2 - - - 1 2 1 1 3 5 41
  2004 Athens 62 10 21 - 7 - 7 - - - 11 1 - - 6 5 0 1 - 2 1 - - -
  2008 Beijing 62 13 16 1 7 1 2 - - - 10 3 - - 5 1 - - 12 1 3 - 1 1 2 64
  2012 London 39 12 6 - 8 1 2 - - - 2 1 - 1 1 - 1 - 12 1 3 1 - - 1 50
  2016 Rio de Janeiro 65 13 16 - 8 2 2 18 2 - 5 2 3 1 1 - - - - 2 3 - 2 - 2 62
  2020 Tokyo 0 0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
Total 5 4 8 17

Athletes with most medalsEdit

Only two Algerian athlete have won two medals in the history of the Olympic Games: middle-distance runner Taoufik Makhloufi and boxer Hocine Soltani.

Athlete Sport Games       Total
Taoufik Makhloufi   Athletics 20122016 1 2 0 3
Hocine Soltani   Boxing 19921996 1 0 1 2

Notes: in Khaki the athletes still in activity.

Gold medalistEdit

In this table (sorted by individual totals gold medals), the men who have won gold individual medals at the Olympics (but also at the World Championships).

Athlete Sport Born Period Individual Team Total
Olympics World Ch. Olympics World Ch. Individual Team Individual + Team
                                          Tot.
1 Noureddine Morceli Athletics 1970 1988–1998 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
2 Hassiba Boulmerka Athletics 1968 1988–1997 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 4
3 Hocine Soltani Boxing 1972 1991–2000 1 0 1 0 0 1 - - - 1 0 2 - - - 1 0 2 3

Notes: in Khaki the athletes still in activity.

List of medalistsEdit

Medal Name Games Sport Event Date
  Bronze Mustapha Moussa   1984 Los Angeles   Boxing Men's light-heavyweight 9 August 1984
  Bronze Mohamed Zaoui   1984 Los Angeles   Boxing Men's middleweight 9 August 1984
  Bronze Hocine Soltani   1992 Barcelona   Boxing Men's featherweight 7 August 1992
  Gold Hassiba Boulmerka   1992 Barcelona   Athletics Women's 1500 metres 8 August 1992
  Bronze Mohamed Bahari   1996 Atlanta   Boxing Men's middleweight 1 August 1996
  Gold Noureddine Morceli   1996 Atlanta   Athletics Men's 1500 metres 3 August 1996
  Gold Hocine Soltani   1996 Atlanta   Boxing Men's lightweight 4 August 1996
  Bronze Abderrahmane Hammad   2000 Sydney   Athletics Men's high jump 24 September 2000
  Bronze Djabir Saïd-Guerni   2000 Sydney   Athletics Men's 800 metres 27 September 2000
  Bronze Mohamed Allalou   2000 Sydney   Boxing Men's light-welterweight 29 September 2000
  Gold Nouria Merah-Benida   2000 Sydney   Athletics Women's 1500 metres 30 September 2000
  Silver Ali Saïdi-Sief   2000 Sydney   Athletics Men's 5000 metres 30 September 2000
  Bronze Soraya Haddad   2008 Beijing   Judo Women's -52 kg 10 August 2008
  Silver Amar Benikhlef   2008 Beijing   Judo Men's -90 kg 13 August 2008
  Gold Taoufik Makhloufi   2012 London   Athletics Men's 1500 metres 7 August 2012
  Silver Taoufik Makhloufi   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Athletics Men's 800 metres 15 August 2016
  Silver Taoufik Makhloufi   2016 Rio de Janeiro   Athletics Men's 1500 metres 20 August 2016

FlagbearersEdit

Algeria at the Olympic Games Football TournamentEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jeux Olympiques, De Moussa à Makhloufi". La Gazette du Fennec. August 2, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Montreal Olympics boycott | NZHistory.net.nz, New Zealand history online". Nzhistory.net.nz. Archived from the original on 16 October 2008. Retrieved October 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY | 17 | 1976: African countries boycott Olympics". London: News.bbc.co.uk. July 17, 1976. Retrieved October 21, 2008.
  4. ^ "MMustapha Moussa, Los Angeles s'en souviendra". Liberté. Rédaction nationale. July 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "Mustapha Moussa, Une ancienne gloire du noble art algérien". El Watan. Halim B. October 18, 2015.
  6. ^ Dubault, Fabrice (24 January 2014). "L'histoire invraisemblable de Mehdi Khelifi privé de J.O par l'Algérie". France 3. Retrieved 24 January 2014.

External linksEdit