Hasiba BOULMERKA's win in the women's 1500m at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games was the first Olympic gold for Algeria.
At the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, Nouredinne MORCELI won the men's 1500m. Nouriah BENIDA-MERAH won gold in the women's 1500m at Sydney 2000. Their other gold medal came in 1996 in the boxing competition.
The late Hodine SOLTANI followed his 1992 bronze medal in the featherweight division with gold in the flyweight. In Beijing, Algeria's medals came in the judo arena.
Amar BENIKHLEF took the middleweight silver and Soraya HADDAD the bronze in the women's half lightweight. Algeria first competed as an independent nation at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. Gymnast Mohamed LAZHARI was their sole representative.
He had represented France at the 1960 Games in Rome before independence. Similarly, Boughera EL OUAFI (1928) and Alain MIMOUN (1956) were both born in Algeria but won Olympic marathon gold medals representing France.