Mahrez Mebarek

Mahrez Mebarek (Arabic: محرز مبارك; born February 11, 1985) is an Algerian former swimmer, who specialized in freestyle events.[1] He is a multiple-time Algerian record holder in long-distance freestyle (400, 800, and 1500 m).

Mahrez Mebarek
Personal information
Full nameMahrez Mebarek
National team Algeria
Born (1985-02-11) 11 February 1985
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)

Mebarek made his official debut at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he qualified for two swimming events. In the 400 m freestyle, he challenged seven other swimmers on the third heat, where South Korea's Park Tae-Hwan was disqualified for a false start. Mebarek edged out Slovenia's Bojan Zdešar to take a fourth spot and dip under a 4-minute barrier by 0.90 of a second in 3:59.10.[2][3] In his second event, 200 m freestyle, Mebarek shared a thirty-fifth place tie with Macedonia's Aleksandar Malenko in the preliminaries with a time of 1:53.00.[4][5]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Mebarek qualified for the second time in the men's 200 m freestyle by eclipsing a FINA B-standard entry time of 1:52.03 from the EDF Swimming Open in Paris, France.[6][7] He challenged six other swimmers on the second heat, including four-time Olympian Andrei Zaharov of Moldova. He edged out Kazakhstan's Artur Dilman to take a third spot by 0.24 of a second, posting his lifetime best of 1:52.66. Mebarek failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed fifty-first overall in the preliminaries.[8]


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Mahrez Mebarek". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  2. Thomas, Stephen (14 August 2004). "Men's 400 Freestyle Prelims: Hackett Edges Thorpe, Qualifies First for Final; Jensen and Keller Easily Through". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013.
  3. "Men's 400m Freestyle Heat 3". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  4. "Men's 200m Freestyle Heat 4". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  5. Thomas, Stephen (15 August 2004). "Men's 200 Freestyle Prelims: Thorpe Fastest in 1:47.22; Hoogie, Keller, Phelps and Hackett All in the Mix". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  6. "Olympic Cut Sheet – Men's 200m Freestyle" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. p. 15. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  7. "Mahrez Mebarek qualifié aux JO de Pékin" [Mahrez Mebarek qualified for Beijing Olympics] (in French). La Dépêche de Kabylie. 25 June 2008. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  8. "Men's 200m Freestyle Heat 3". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.

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