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Bahaa Al Farra

First Olympic runner representing Palestine at London 2012.

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Date of Birth:



Gaza, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

As a pioneering Palestinian athlete, Bahaa Al Farra broke barriers and represented Palestine on the international stage, notably at the 2012 London Olympics.

Brief bio

Bahaa Al Farra is a Palestinian runner who competed in the 400m event at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Despite training under challenging conditions in Gaza, he has shown remarkable determination and skill.

Major Milestones


  • Began racing at the age of 14.

  • Met his coach, Ibrahim Abu Hasira, around 2005.

  • First left the Gaza Strip in 2011 to go to Korea.

  • Competed in Istanbul in March 2012.

  • Participated in the 2012 London Olympics in August 2012.

  • Represented Palestine in the 2012 London Olympics...See More

  • Achieved a season's best time of 49.93 seconds in the 400m event at the 2012 Olympics...See More

  • Posted a personal-best time of 49.04 seconds at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea...See More

  • Raised awareness of the challenges faced by athletes in Gaza.

  • Inspired other Palestinian athletes through his achievements despite limited resources and training opportunities.

Date of Last Update: 
December 17, 2023

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