Mourad Mahour Bacha

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Mourad Mahour Ahmed Bacha (born 16 June 1961) is an Algerian former track and field athlete who competed in the decathlon and javelin throw.[1] Bacha was among the foremost African and Arab decathletes in the 1980s and early 1990s.

He won 23 national titles in his career across decathlon and various field events, including nine javelin titles.[2] He was a five-time African champion – four times in decathlon and once in javelin.[3] He was also twice the decathlon gold medallist at the All-Africa Games, winning in 1987 and 1991.[4] He won three straight decathlon titles at the Arab Athletics Championships from 1981 to 1987 and was a double gold medallist at the 1985 Pan Arab Games, topping both the decathlon and javelin podiums.[5]

Bacha made one appearance at global level, at the 1983 World Championships in Athletics. He failed to record a valid mark in the shot put event and opted not to finish the competition.[6]

He set a lifetime best of 7934 points for the decathlon on 9 July 1985 in Algiers. His javelin throw best with the new model was 70.20 m (230 ft 3 34 in), which brought him a silver medal at the 1986 Maghreb Athletics Championships and remains the Algerian record for the event.[1][7]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1981 Arab Championships Tunis, Tunisia 1st Decathlon 7495 pts
1983 Arab Championships Amman, Jordan 1st Decathlon 6893 pts
Maghreb Championships Casablanca, Morocco 3rd Decathlon 6708 pts
World Championships Helsinki, Finland Decathlon DNF
1984 African Championships Rabat, Morocco 3rd Javelin throw 71.86 m
1st Decathlon 7022 pts
1985 African Championships Cairo, Egypt 2nd Pole vault 4.50 m
1st Decathlon 6712 pts
1st Javelin throw 80.04 m
Pan Arab Games Casablanca, Morocco 1st Decathlon 7577 pts
1st Javelin throw 76.88 m
1986 Maghreb Championships Tunis, Tunisia 3rd Shot put 14.06 m
2nd Javelin throw 70.20 m
1987 Arab Championships Algiers, Algeria 1st Decathlon 7372 pts
All-Africa Games Nairobi, Kenya 1st Decathlon 7104 pts
1988 African Championships Annaba, Algeria 2nd Decathlon 7128 pts
1990 Maghreb Championships Algiers, Algeria 2nd Decathlon 7026 pts
African Championships Cairo, Egypt 3rd Decathlon 6802 pts
1991 All-Africa Games Cairo, Egypt 1st Decathlon 7431 pts
1992 African Championships Belle Vue Mauricia, Mauritius 1st Decathlon 7467 pts

National titles[edit]

  • Algerian Athletics Championships[2]
    • Pole vault: 1982, 1984, 1985
    • Shot put: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
    • Discus throw: 1985, 1991, 1992, 1993
    • Javelin throw: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993
    • Decathlon: 1982, 1984, 1992


  1. ^ a b Mahour Ahmed Bacha. All Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-02-20.
  2. ^ a b Algerian Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-02-20.
  3. ^ African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-02-20.
  4. ^ All-Africa Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-02-20.
  5. ^ Pan Arab Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-02-20.
  6. ^ Ahmed Mahour Bacha. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-02-20.
  7. ^ les Records d'Algerie 2015 (Mise à Jour 25.01.2016). Algerian Athletics Federation. Retrieved on 2016-02-20.

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