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Mary Al-Atrash

Inspiring swimmer, overcame barriers to compete at the Olympics.

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Date of Birth:



Beit Sahour, West Bank, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

  • Participation in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

  • Symbol of Palestinian resilience in sports.

  • Overcoming significant training challenges.

Brief bio

Mary Al-Atrash is a Palestinian swimmer who became a symbol of determination and resilience by participating in the 2016 Rio Olympics despite facing significant obstacles, including limited training facilities. Her journey to the Olympics has inspired many and highlighted the challenges faced by athletes in conflict zones.

Major Milestones


  • Born in Beit Sahour, West Bank (1994).

  • Began swimming career, overcoming the lack of proper training facilities.

  • Became part of Palestine’s largest delegation in the Olympic Games (2016).

  • Competed in the women's 50 meter freestyle event at the Rio Olympics.

  • Was the Palestinian flag bearer in the closing ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

  • Competed in the 50 meters freestyle at the 2016 Rio Olympics...See More

  • Achieved a personal best time of 28.76 seconds in the 50m freestyle...See More

  • Became a role model for aspiring athletes in Palestine...See More

  • Represented Palestinian athletes on an international stage.

  • Brought attention to the challenges faced by athletes in conflict areas.

Date of Last Update: 
December 17, 2023

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