Palestine’s schedule at the 2012 Olympics [updated with results]

Updated to include results from each event as they happen


Maher Abu Rmilah, Bahaa Al Farra, Ahmed Gebrel, Sabine Hazboun, and Woroud Sawalha will represent Palestine at this year’s Summer Games in London. The following is a quick reference guide listing all the events in which these Palestinian athletes will compete. All times are local London times.

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SATURDAY, JULY 28 AT 10:52
Men’s 400m Freestyle Swim

Ahmed Gebrel will race in the first Heat in Lane 6. His qualifying time makes him the least likely to move onto the Final though he might pose a challenge to Allan Gutierrez Castro from Honduras who will be swimming in Lane 3. Keep up with him here.

Update: Gebrel finished the race in 4:08.51, coming in 3rd out of four swimmers in his heat and 27th overall. He did not qualify for the final. However, he beat his personal best by 9.89 seconds. For a full recap and images, click here.

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MONDAY, JULY 30 AT 10:19
Men’s Judo (73 kg)

Maher Abu Rmilah will face off with Belgium’s Dirk van Tichelt in the Elimination Round of 32. Abu Rmilah will be wearing blue. If he beats van Tichelt, he will advance to the next round and face the winner between Hong Kong’s Chi Yip Cheung and the United States’ Nicholas Delpopolo. Of the five athletes representing Palestine at the Olympic Games, Abu Rmilah is the only one who qualified through competition. Keep up with him here.

Update: Abu Rmilah did not advance to the next round after losing to van Tichelt who used the Juji-gatame technique for the win. For a full recap and images, click here.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 AT 10:00
Women’s 50m Freestyle Swim

Sabine Hazboun will race in the fourth Heat in Lane 6. She is one of the favorites to win her heat and her qualifying time puts her within reach of advancing to the semifinals later that day. She is the youngest member of this year’s Palestinian Olympic team. Follow her here.

Update: Hazboun raced in one of the faster heats and placed 5th in her heat and 51st overall out of seventy-four swimmers. Her time was 28.28 seconds, just three seconds shy of qualifying for the semifinal round. AFP ran a story on Palestinians’ proud reactions to Hazboun’s race. For a full recap and images, click here.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 AT 10:35
Men’s 400m

Bahaa Al Farra will race in the first round of the 400m sprint where he will have the opportunity to qualify for the semifinals the following day. Follow him here.

Update: Al Faraa completed his sprint in 49.93 seconds, putting him in last place in his heat in the first round of the Men’s 400m qualifications. Out of the 47 sprinters that completed the race, Al Farra cam in 46th place. Though he missed qualifying for the semifinal round, the runner from Gaza performed his season best. For a full recap and images, click here.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 AT 11:35
Women’s 800m

Woroud Sawalha will race in the first round of the half-mile run where she will have the opportunity to qualify for the semifinals the following day. Speed and stamina are key for this race. Follow her here.

Update: Sawalha finished in 8th place in her heat in the Women’s 800m run and 38th out of 40 overall with a time of 2:29.16. She performed her personal best. For a full recap and images, click here.

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There are 8 comments

  1. Mansour Haddad

    Good luck to our brave and athletic brothers and sisters in the 2012 Olympics. God bless you, and God bless Palestine.

  2. inayik

    With Allah by your side you can accomplish anything, god has blessed you with the chance of being Olympians take these chances as they were your last 🙂

    Syria in my heart, Palestine in my mind, i got Britain in my veins, free as a bird refuse to be tamed, the ink in my pen to the knowledge in my brain, one purpose as the whole of mankind came,
    A human mind created the first 4 wheel car and went onto developing a flying plane,
    knowledge is power, open up a book and the knowledge is ours.

    inayik…

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