Margret Hassan

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Margret Hassan
Margret Hassan Rio2016.jpg
Hassan at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality South Sudanese
Born (1997-08-12) 12 August 1997 (age 20)
Height 160 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Sport Athletics
Coached by Joseph Ramadan Jirvasio[1]

Margret Rumat Rumar Hassan (born 12 August 1997) is a South Sudanese sprinter. She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in the 200 metres.

Early life

Hassan is originally from Wau, South Sudan. As a child, her family left their home due to the war with Sudan. The war prevented Hassan from getting an education. Hassan was still pursuing her primary education during her training for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[2]

Hassan started as an association football player, and in 2012 changed to athletics.[1] She began running competitively at the urging of a friend.[2]

Athletics career

Hassan was selected to compete as an "Independent Olympic Athlete," a designation for athletes who are unable to compete under their nation's flag, at the 2014 Youth Olympics held in Nanjing, China.[3][4] Hassan was given the honor of carrying the Olympic flag as a representative of the Independent Olympic Athletes at the opening ceremony.[4] She competed in the 400 metre distance at the games, finishing with a time of 61.72 seconds.[3][5]

In June 2016, Hassan competed at the African Championship and recorded a time of 27.61 in the 200 metre distance[6] and, later the same year, Hassan was part of South Sudan's first Olympic team.[2][7] She competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 200 metre distance. She finished last in her round 1 heat with a time of 26.99 seconds, a personal best.[8]

Corporate sponsorship

In June 2016, Samsung began featuring Hassan in advertisements.[7][9] The deal caused controversy when Hassan was selected to compete for South Sudan Olympics over sprinter Mangar Makur Chuot. The secretary-general of South Sudan's National Olympic Committee, Tong Deran, said he felt "pressure" to pick Hassan due to the advertising contract with Samsung. Samsung denied placing pressure on the committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed a complaint from Chuot.[9]


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  2. ^ a b c Dahir, Abdi Latif. "South Sudan's historic Olympic team provides a glimmer of hope amid the threat of civil war". Quartz. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Margret Hassan". Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "From war zone to international spotlight - Olympic News". International Olympic Committee. 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  5. ^ "Profile of Margaret Rumat HASSAN |". Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  6. ^ Stewart, Anthony (2016-07-29). "Selection issues threaten to mar South Sudan's Olympics debut". ABC News. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  7. ^ a b Jardine, Alexandra. "A South Sudanese Athlete Heads to the Olympics in Samsung's Uplifting Ad - Video - Creativity Online". Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  8. ^ "Women's 200m - Standings". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-18. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  9. ^ a b Stewart, Anthony (5 August 2016). "Sport's highest court ends Perth athlete's Olympic dream". ABC News. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
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