Youba Hmeida

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Youba Hmeida
Personal information
Full nameYouba Mohamed Ould
Nationality Mauritania
Born (1976-01-01) 1 January 1976 (age 45)
Nouakchott, Mauritania
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m: 47.87 (2001)

Youba Mohamed Ould H'meïde (also Youba Hmeida, Arabic: يوبا محمد ولد حميدة‎; born January 1, 1976 in Nouakchott) is a retired Mauritanian sprinter, who specialized in the 400 metres.[1] He represented Mauritania at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and also set a national record and a personal best of 47.87 on his sporting debut from the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.[2]

Hmeida qualified for the Mauritanian squad in the men's 400 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens by receiving a wild card entry slot from IAAF. Running against seven other athletes in heat three, Hmeida crossed the finish line in last place by more than three seconds behind leader Anton Galkin of Russia with a time of 49.18. Hmeida failed to advance into the semifinals as he placed farther from two automatic slots for the next round and ranked no. 58 overall in the prelims.[3] Hmeida was appointed as the Mauritanian flag bearer by the National Olympic Committee (French: Comité National Mauritanien) in the opening ceremony.[4]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Youba Hmeida". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Edmonton 2001: Men's 400m Heats – Official Results". IAAF. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Athletics: Men's 400m Round 1 – Heat 3". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  4. ^ "2004 Athens: Flag Bearers for the Opening Ceremony". Olympics. 13 August 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2013.

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