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Name  Syrine Ebondo

Syrine Ebondo (née Balti; born 31 October 1983) is a Tunisian track and field athlete who competes in the pole vault. She is one of Africa's top pole vaulters and is a seven-time African champion. Her personal best of 4.21 metres, set in 2006, is the Tunisian record for the event.

Athletic career

Born in Tunis, she won her first international medal at the age of fifteen, taking the pole vault title at the 1999 African Junior Athletics Championships. She became the first women's pole vault champion at the 1999 Pan Arab Games, following its introduction into the programme. Balti cleared four metres for the first time in 2000 and went on claim the gold medal at the 2000 African Championships in Athletics. From 2001 onwards she based her training in Toulouse in France. That year she achieved an African junior indoor record of 4.10 metres.

She was ninth at the 2001 Francophone Games and sixth at the 2001 Mediterranean Games. In 2002, she came ninth at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Athletics then defended her title at the African Championships. A personal best of 4.10 metres at the 2002 IAAF World Cup was also an African junior record mark. She vaulted 4.20 metres indoors in 2003 (a Tunisian record) and matched that height outdoors in 2004. A third straight African championship title came that year, and she also defended her crown at the 2004 Pan Arab Games.

Her 2005 season was highlighted by a win at the Arab Athletics Championships and a silver medal at the 2005 Francophone Games. She equalled her indoor record of 4.20 m at the French Championships and set an outright best of 4.21 m for a fourth consecutive win at the 2006 African Championships, which was also a championship record). She was again chosen as Africa's representative at the 2006 IAAF World Cup and she finished in seventh.

Her 2007 season was curtailed and she dropped out of the sport altogether, not returning until the 2012 season. She came back to win her fifth gold medal at the 2012 African Championships in Athletics. She won her sixth gold medal at the 2014 African Championships in Athletics, tying Algerian discus thrower Zoubida Laayouni for the most individual wins by a woman at the African Championships.

References

Syrine Ebondo Wikipedia


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