Bahrain at the Olympics

Bahrain first competed at the Olympic Games in 1984. They have won only one Olympic medal, a bronze in women's 1500m run, by the former Ethiopian Maryam Yusuf Jamal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Bahrain is a relative “new kid on the block” when it comes to the Olympic Games. They did not compete in the Olympics until the 1984 Summer Games held in Los Angeles, California, USA. From then on, they have been consistently participating in the Summer Games but never tasted Olympic honor until 2012 when former Ethiopian runner Maryam Yusuf Jamal took the bronze in the women’s 1500 meters.

Jamal was part of a twelve-athlete delegation sent to represent the country that consisted of four men and eight women. The 2012 Summer Games is historic for Bahrain, not only because this is when they first won an Olympic medal but also because this is the first time that the country had more female than male athletes representing it. This had not happened before for any Arab country.

In 2016, Bahrain won its first gold medal when teenager Ruth Jebet won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase while narrowly missing out on the world record.

As with many Arab countries, Bahrain has never competed in any Winter Games.


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