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Djibouti at the 2008 Summer Olympics

Djibouti took part in the 2008 Summer Olympics, which were held in Beijing, China from 8 to 24 August 2008.[1] The country's participation at Beijing marked its sixth appearance in the Summer Olympics since its debut in 1984.[1] The Djibouti delegation included two athletes in 2008; Mahamoud Farah, a middle-distance runner, and Fathia Ali Bouraleh, a sprinter. Hussein Ahmed Salah, Djibouti's only Olympic medalist, was selected as the flag bearer for both the opening and closing ceremonies despite not competing in 2008.[2] None of the Djiboutian athletes progressed further than the heat round.[3]

Djibouti at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Flag of Djibouti.svg
IOC code DJI
NOC Comité National Olympique Djiboutien
in Beijing
Competitors 2 in 1 sports
Flag bearer Hussein Ahmed Salah
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Djibouti participated in five summer Olympic games between its debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States of America and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[1] Djibouti made their Olympic debut in 1984, sending three athletes to the games.[4] The most number of Djiboutian athletes participating in a summer games is eight[1] in the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain.[5] Only one Djiboutian athlete has ever won a medal at the Olympics, that was Hussein Ahmed Salah, a marathon runner, who won a bronze medal in the 1988 marathon.[6] Two athletes from Djibouti were selected to compete in the Beijing games; Mahamoud Farah in the track and field 1500 meters and Fathia Ali Bouraleh in the track and field 100 m.[3]

AthleticsEdit

Djibouti was represented by one male athlete at the 2008 Olympics in athletics:[3] Mahamoud Farah, a 1500 meters runner.[3] It was Farah's Olympic debut but he had previously competed in the 2007 IAAF World Championships.[7] He competed on 15 August in Beijing,[8] and finished 8th out of 12 in heat four[a] in a time of 3 minutes and 43.62 seconds.[8] He was 8.83 seconds behind the winner of his heat, Mohamed Moustaoui.[8] Overall he finished 42nd out of 53 athletes,[a] and he was 1.32 seconds slower than the slowest athlete that progressed to the semi-final round and, therefore, that was the end of his competition.[9]

 
The Beijing National Stadium, where Farah and Ali Bouraleh competed

Competing at her first Olympics,[10] Fathia Ali Bouraleh was the oldest competitor for Djibouti at these Olympics, aged 20.[11] She competed in the 100 meters on 16 August.[12] Ali Bouraleh was drawn into heat four.[12] Ali Bouraleh ran a time of 14.29 seconds and finished last in her heat, 2.99 second behind the winner, Chandra Sturrup.[12] She finished 84th out of 85 athletes overall and was 0.51 seconds faster than the slowest athlete, Robina Muqimyar.[13] She was 3.16 seconds behind the fastest athlete and 2.64 seconds behind the slowest athlete who progressed to the semi-finals, Thi Huong Vu.[13] Therefore, Ali Bouraleh did not progress to the quarter-finals.[13]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Fathia Ali Bouraleh Women's 100 m 14.29 8 Did not advance
Mahamoud Farah Men's 1500 m 3:43.62 9 N/A Did not advance

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b One athlete, Rashid Ramzi, was disqualified.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Sports Reference – Countries – Djibouti". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "List of flagbearers Bejing [sic] 2008" (PDF). olympic.org. 8 August 2008. p. 1. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Sports Reference – Beijing 2008 – Djibouti – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sports Reference – Los Angeles 1984 – Djibouti". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sports Reference – Barcelona 1992 – Djibouti". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sports Reference – Seoul 1998 – Djibouti – Athletics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "IAAF – Athletes – Djibouti – Mahamoud Farah – Honours". IAAF. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Men – 1500 meters – Heats – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Men – 1500 meters – Heats – Summary". IAAF. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sports Reference – Olympics – Athletes – Djibouti – Fathia Ali Bouraleh". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Sports Reference – Beijing 2008 – Djibouti". Sports Reference. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  12. ^ a b c "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Women – 100 meters – Heats – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2008 – Women – 100 meters – Heats – Summary". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2014.