Hassiba Boulmerka

In 1992, the Algerian runner, Hassiba Boulmerka, won gold in the women's 1500m at the Barcelona Olympics.

She defied death threats from Islamist extremists to win one of the best women's middle-distance races of all time.

Before the Olympics, an imam had told Boulmerka that running in shorts was un-islamic. She had been forced to do all her training abroad.

Chloe Arnold talks to Hassiba Boulmerka for Sporting Witness.

The audio for this progamme will be available on Iplayer from Monday.

(PHOTO: Hassiba Boulmerka celebrates her gold. AFP)

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Mon 13 Feb 2012 03:50 GMT

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