Amadou Dia Ba

Amadou Dia Ba ( El Hadj Amadou Dia Ba; born September 22, 1958) is a former athlete and the only Olympic medalist of Senegal. At a height of 1.88 be competition weight was 72 kg.

Dia Ba became third in the 1978 Africa Games in the high jump. In 1981, he presented with 2.18m on his personal best. He then moved to the 400 - meter hurdles. His best performance in the Olympic final in 1988 by 47.23 s time meant Africa record and was offered until now ( July 2006) only four Americans and Zambians.

Olympic games

Amadou Dia Ba took from 1984 to 1992 at the Olympic Games in part. With the 4 x 400 - meter relay, he reached neither 1984 nor the 1988 finals. About 400 meters hurdles he reached Los Angeles in 1984 and was the final in 49.23 fifth. In Seoul in 1988 he won the silver medal in 47.23 behind the Americans Andre Phillips in 47.19. Was third in 47.56 Edwin Moses, who since 1976 had been undefeated in international championships until then.

1992 Barcelona difference Dia Ba with 49.47 from the inlet port.

World Championships

1983 in Helsinki was Dia Ba 49.61 seventh in the finals, 1987 in Rome in 48.37 fifth. 1991 in Tokyo, he retired from the lead with 49.77.


For the Senegal occurred to date two Large in athletics. Amadou Dia Ba with his silver medal from 1988, the only Olympic medalist of his country. 2001 Amy won Mbacké Thiam the 400 -meter run and overtook the first world championship ever for Senegal. Amadou Dia Ba lens is the most successful athletes and Amy Thiam Mbacké the most successful athlete of Senegal.