Gretta Taslakian

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Gretta Taslakian

 

Born on 16 August 1985 in Ghadir, Lebanon, to Lebanese-Armenian parents, Gretta Taslakian is a Lebanese sprinter who specializes in the 200 meters.  She is the first Lebanese woman to participate in three Olympic Games.

Gretta Taslakian is the current Lebanese national record holder in the outdoor 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters, and indoor 60 metres and 200 meters.  She was also a member of the record holding team in the outdoor 4×100 meter relay and 4×400 meter relay.

She came in second place at the 11th Asian Junior Athletic Championships in the 200 meters.

She competed at the 2001 World Championships, the 2003 World Indoor Championships and the 2004 World Indoor Championships, where she set the indoor 200 meter Lebanese national record at 25.80 seconds.

She set a new national record in the women’s 200 meters at the 2004 Olympic Games.

She competed at the 2006 Asian Games in the 200 meters but was eliminated in the first heat.

Taslakian won two gold medals for Lebanon in the 2007 Pan Arab Games in Cairo, Egypt and achieved her personal best of 23.56 seconds in the final of the 200 meters in November.  She also competed in the 2007 World Championships.

She competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics, representing Lebanon.  At the first round of the 200 meters, she ran a time of 25.32 seconds, which was her season best, but not enough to qualify for the next round.

She came in eighth place at the 2010 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in the 60 meters.  She also came in fourth place at the 2010 Asian Games in the 200 meters, and set a new national record in the 100 meters of 11.84 seconds.

She also competed at the 2011 Pan Arab Games, winning a silver medal in the 100 meters and a gold medal in the 200 meters.

She won a silver medal in the 200 meters at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships.

 

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