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Mayada Al-Sayad

First woman to represent Palestine in World Championship marathon.

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Date of Birth:



Berlin, Germany

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Why Featured?

Mayada Al-Sayad is a notable long-distance runner who represented Palestine in international competitions, including the Olympics and World Championships, achieving significant milestones and setting an example for Palestinian athletes.

Brief bio

Born in Berlin to a German mother and Palestinian father, Mayada Al-Sayad is a German-born Palestinian long-distance runner. She gained international recognition for competing in marathons and cross-country events, representing Palestine. She was the Palestinian flag bearer at the 2016 Olympics and has consistently improved her marathon times, showcasing her dedication and talent in athletics.

Major Milestones


  • 2015: Competed in the Women's Marathon at the World Championships, finishing 50th.

  • 2016: Represented Palestine in the Women's Marathon at the Olympic Games, finishing 67th and serving as the Palestinian flag bearer.

  • 2017: Participated in the World Championships in London, placing 68th in the Women's Marathon.

  • 2018: Achieved 43rd place in the Women's Marathon in Berlin.

  • 2019: Secured 39th place in the Women's Marathon at the World Championships.

  • First woman to run a World Championship marathon for Palestine...See More

  • Continuously improving marathon times, showcasing a strong commitment to athletics...See More

  • Competing in both marathons and cross-country events internationally...See More

  • Representing Palestine in global events, thereby increasing visibility for Palestinian athletes.

  • Being an inspirational figure for aspiring Palestinian athletes, especially women.

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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