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Hanna Barakat

Record-holding sprinter representing Palestine on the international stage.

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Date of Birth:



Los Angeles, California, USA

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Hanna Barakat is celebrated for her remarkable achievements in track and field, setting Palestinian national records in the 100m, 200m, and 400m events. Her dedication to representing Palestine in international competitions, despite being born and raised in the diaspora, exemplifies her commitment to her heritage and her role as a source of inspiration for the Palestinian community worldwide.

Brief bio

Hanna Barakat is a Palestinian-American track and field sprinter who has achieved significant recognition in her sport. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she has chosen to represent Palestine in international competitions, driven by her deep respect for her Palestinian heritage and the desire to be a role model for young Palestinian athletes, especially girls.

Major Milestones


  • Switched to Athletics (Age 15): Transitioned from football to athletics, setting her sights on Olympic participation.

  • Training with PAF (2020): Trained full-time in Southern California and reached out to the Palestinian Athletics Federation.

  • Arab Athletics Championships (2020): Represented Palestine and set national records in 100m, 200m, and 400m.

  • Olympic Debut (2020 Tokyo Olympics): Selected to represent Palestine at the Olympics.

  • Historic Participation (2020): Represented Palestine in the 100m event at the Olympics, showcasing Palestinian talent on a global stage.

  • Setting National Records: Established new benchmarks in 100m, 200m, and 400m for Palestine...See More

  • International Representation: Competed in international events, bringing visibility to Palestinian athletes...See More

  • Inspiring Young Athletes: Serves as a role model, encouraging Palestinian girls to pursue sports...See More

  • Promoting Palestinian Identity: Uses her platform to highlight Palestinian culture and struggles.

  • Advocacy for Palestinian Rights: Committed to campaigning for justice and freedom for Palestinians and other marginalized communities.

Date of Last Update: 
January 17, 2024

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