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Hatem Ghoula (Arabic: حاتم غولة‎; born 7 June 1973 in Paris, France) is a Tunisian race walker. He won four consecutive African Championships in the 20 kilometres walk from 1996 to 2002. His foremost medal was a 20 km walk bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. He is also a two-time gold medallist at the All-African Games, having won in 2003 and 2007 (the latter in a Games record time).

Hatem Ghoula
Hatem Ghoula 2013.jpg
Hatem Ghoula in 2013
Personal information
Native nameحاتم غولة
Birth nameHatem Ghoula
Born (1973-06-07) June 7, 1973 (age 46)
Paris, France
ResidenceTunis, Tunisia

He has represented Tunisia at four Olympic Games (1996 to 2008), with his best performance of eleventh place coming in 2004. He competed at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics for eight straight editions from 1993 to 2007 and made his ninth appearance at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics. At the IAAF World Race Walking Cup he has participated on five occasions and came close to a medal in 2006, finishing in fourth place.

He is a two-time gold medallist at the African Race Walking Championships and the Jeux de la Francophonie, and was the champion at the 2004 Arab Games and 2001 Mediterranean Games.

He holds the African records in racewalking for the distance of 20,000 metres on the track and 20 km walk on the road.[1]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Tunisia
1992 Arab Junior Championships Latakia, Syria 2nd 10,000 m 49:47
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 32nd 20 km 1:33:24
1994 Jeux de la Francophonie Bondoufle, France 4th 20 km 1:28:57
1995 Arab Championships Cairo, Egypt 1st 20 km 1:37:50
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 30th 20 km 1:32:17
1996 African Championships Yaoundé, Cameroon 1st 20 km 1:29:48
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 33rd 20 km 1:25:52
1997 Mediterranean Games Bari, Italy 3rd 20 km 1:25:36
World Championships Athens, Greece 9th 20 km 1:23:49
Jeux de la Francophonie Antananarivo, Madagascar 1st 20 km 1:26:39
1998 African Championships Dakar, Senegal 1st 20 km 1:31:28
1999 World Race Walking Cup Mézidon-Canon, France 15th 20 km 1:23:46
Pan Arab Games Irbid, Jordan 1st 20 km 1:40:01
World Championships Seville, Spain 16th 20 km 1:28:36
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 20 km DQ
2000 African Championships Algiers, Algeria 1st 20 km 1:25:38
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 36th 20 km 1:28:16
2001 Jeux de la Francophonie Ottawa, Canada 1st 20 km 1:22:56
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 10th 20 km 1:23:14
Mediterranean Games Radès, Tunisia 1st 20 km 1:26:43
2002 World Race Walking Cup Turin, Italy 9th 20 km 1:23:49
African Championships Radès, Tunisia 1st 20 km 1:26:42
2003 World Championships Paris, France 14th 20 km 1:21:12
All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 1st 20 km 1:30:32
2004 World Race Walking Cup A Coruña, Spain 41st 20 km 1:24:56
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 11th 20 km 1:22:59
Pan Arab Games Algiers, Algeria 1st 20,000 m 1:28:34.19
2005 Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 20 km DQ
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 20 km 1:20:19
2006 World Race Walking Cup A Coruña, Spain 4th 20 km 1:19:36
African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 2nd 20 km 1:25:02
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 1st 20 km 1:22:33
World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 20 km 1:22:40
2008 World Race Walking Cup Cheboksary, Russia 11th 20 km 1:19:54
Olympic Games Beijing, China 27th 20 km 1:23:44
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 27th 20 km 1:25:41
2016 African Championships Durban, South Africa 6th 20 km 1:25:54

See alsoEdit


  • Hatem Ghoula at IAAF
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Hatem Ghoula". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.