February 25, 1993 |
The Amateur Athletic Foundation has named six Olympic gold medalists as World Trophy award winners as the top athletes from their regions of the world in 1992. They are: wrestler John Smith of Oklahoma, Diver Fu Mingxia of China, skier Petra Kronberger of Austria, rower James Tomkins of Australia, middle distance runner Hassiba Boulmerka of Algeria and volleyball player Marcelo Negrao of Brazil.
August 19, 2004
Re "Hurdles Are Their Best Event," Aug. 18: I try to be open-minded and tolerant, but the story makes it hard. No one chooses what religion to be born into and so we should be forgiving, but holy cow! Hassiba Boulmerka being unable to go home to Algeria because she ran "with naked legs" in the 1992 Olympics is a scandal. The Muslim women who train for their athletic calling in full-body coverings are simultaneously laughable and women to cry for. David Kase Palos Verdes Estates
August 10, 1995 |
The women's heptathlon was supposed to result in the long-anticipated duel between two of track and field's most enduring stars, the United States' Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Germany's Heike Drechsler. But when neither could endure beyond Wednesday's opening day, Russia's Svetlana Moskalets and Syria's Ghada Shouaa were left to battle. Let the International Amateur Athletic Federation try to market that one.
August 9, 1992 |
There were more causes represented in track and field competition Saturday at the Summer Olympics than there were issues at the Democratic Convention. Hassiba Boulmerka ran for Algeria, Algerian women specifically, and her country's assassinated president. Fermin Cacho Ruiz ran for the pride of the host country. Heike Henkel jumped for her just-say-no-to-steroids campaign. Didn't anyone go to Montjuic Stadium simply to compete? Actually, someone did.
February 7, 1994 |
Suzy Hamilton, who miscounted how many laps remained, stopped and screamed, "Oh, no!" at the start of the bell lap of the women's mile in the Mobil Invitational indoor track and field meet at Fairfax, Va. Hamilton, who trailed by as many as 30 yards during the first half of the race, was leading Olympic gold medalist and defending world champion Hassiba Boulmerka of Algeria by 15 meters with 200 left when she realized her mistake. Boulmerka went on to win in 4:28.64.