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BENHAMA Sanaa
Sport Para athletics
NPC Morocco   
GenderWomen
Age38
Place of BirthAl Khmissat, MAR
Height1.61 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T13, F13
Further Personal Information
Family
One son [2012]
Residence
Salé, MAR
Languages
Arabic, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2003, and began competing in 2007.
Why this sport?
She initially competed in cross-country and wanted to enter the Association Sportive des Forces Armees Royales [ASFAR] club. She had a medical test but was then directed to join a Para sport team. "I struggled to accept this reality, but with the time and the will, I told myself that I would have to accept my fate. Since my first steps in athletics were in cross-country, I saw myself as a middle distance athlete, but my coach advised me to opt for the sprints. It was from that moment that my career began."
Club / Team
Tadamoun Club: Morocco
Name of coach
Hanabez Nokha
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Morocco
Location
Rabat, MAR
General Interest
Hobbies
Travel. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals in the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and claiming one gold medal in the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her husband, her mother, and her son. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Moroccan distance runner Said Aouita. (100women.okayafrica.com, 28 Feb 2018)
Injuries
She sustained an injury four months before the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (libe.ma, 04 Apr 2009)
Other information
MATERNITY BREAK
She missed the 2012 Paralympic Games in London after taking time away from the sport to give birth to her son. (yabiladi.com, 03 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 400m T13 55.56
7 2008 Long Jump F13 5.05
1 2008 200m T13 24.89
1 2008 100m T13 12.28
7 2016 100m T13 12.49
6 2016 400m T13 58.40
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 100m T13 12.54
2 2011 200m T13 25.35
3 2011 400m T13 57.44
3 2013 100m T13 12.77
2 2013 Long Jump T13 5.53
1 2013 200m T13 26.42
3 2015 400m T13 59.86
3 2015 200m T13 26.35
8 2015 100m T13  DNS
1 2017 1500m T13 4:40.40
2 2017 400m T13 56.66
8 2019 400m T13  DSQ
  2019 1500m T13  DNS