Zahra Bani (born 31 December 1979 in Mogadishu, Somalia) is a Somali-Italian javelin thrower.

Zahra Bani
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Personal information
Born (1979-12-31) 31 December 1979 (age 40)
Mogadishu, Somalia
ResidenceTurin, Italy
Height1,73 m
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
CountryItaly Italy
Event(s)Javelin throw
ClubG.S. Fiamme Azzurre
Coached byMaria Marello
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Javelin throw 62.75 m (2008)


Bani was born in 1979 in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, to an Italian father and a Somali mother. In 1989, she moved to Torino, Italy with her family and started playing volleyball. She soon thereafter discovered her specialty: javelin. Bani's personal best throw is 62.75 metres, achieved at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. However, since 2005, she has been suffering from health problems, which have significantly hampered her athletic performances. Bani ranks second on the all-time Italian list behind Claudia Coslovich.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Italy
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 26th (q) 44.38 m (old spec.)
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 6th 51.90 m
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 21st (q) 43.78 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 62.75 m = PB
Universiade İzmir, Turkey 6th 55.02 m
Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 2nd 62.36 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 8th 55.02 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 9th 57.91 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th 60.54 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 14th 59.02 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China NM
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 4th 60.22 m
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 2nd 60.65 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 11th 53.67 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 14th 53.40 m

National titlesEdit

She has won the individual national championship 16 times. (Italian all-time record-woman).[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ ""CAMPIONATI "ASSOLUTI" ITALIANE SUL PODIO TRICOLORE – 1923 2012" (PDF). Retrieved 24 February 2013.

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