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Hassiba Boulmerka: Defying death threats to win gold

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Date: 16 February 2012

It’s an Olympic year and for those of us living in Australia, the focus on athletic performance tends to overshadow the social and cultural importance of the events in other nations. In 1992 Algeria’s Hassiba Boulmerka ran to victory at the Barcelona Olympics. Her achievement wasn’t just her country’s first Olympic gold – she showed women everywhere how they could overcome prejudice to achieve their goals. Read more about her courage, what it meant to the people of Algeria and, as she said, ‘the women of the world’. Who says that sport is a trivial pursuit?
Hassiba Boulmerka: Defying death threats to win gold

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