30 medals, record of Moroccan participation in 17 editions

Morocco has won 30 medals, including 10 gold, 12 silver and 8 bronze, during its participation in the 17 previous editions of the world athletics championships, a record that Moroccan athletes will be called upon to expand on during the 18th edition, which will be held in Eugene in the United States of America from July 15 to 24.

Morocco has always been present on the podium, except for the editions of Stuttgart (1993), Berlin (2009), Daegu (2011) and Moscow (2013), while the 1999 edition in Seville was the most prolific with five medals : two in gold (Hicham El Guerrouj in the 1,500m and Salah Hissou in the 5,000m), two in silver (Nezha Bidouane in the 400m hurdles and Zahra Ouaaziz in the 5,000m) and one in bronze (Ali Ezzine in the 3,000m steeples). Morocco was then ranked 5th in the world.

It was legend Said Aouita who got the ball rolling, winning bronze in the 1500m in 1983 in Helsinki.

World and Olympic champion Hicham El Guerrouj is at the top of the most successful Moroccan athletes, with 6 medals: 4 in gold in the 1,500m and 2 in silver, one in the 1,500m and the other in the 5,000m.

During the last edition, organized in Doha, the Olympic champion Sofiane El Bakkali was the only Moroccan athlete to offer a medal to the Kingdom in the 3,000m steeplechase event.

Here is the balance sheet of Moroccan participation in previous editions of the World Athletics Championships:

1st edition (Helsinki 1983):

Bronze medal: Said Aouita in the 1500m.

2nd edition (Rome 1987):

Gold medal: Said Aouita in the 5000m.

3rd edition (Tokyo 1991):

Bronze medal: Brahim Boutayeb in the 5000m.

Bronze medal: Khalid Sekkah in the 10,000 m.

4th edition (Stuttgart 1993): None.

5th edition (Gothenburg 1995):

Silver medal: Hicham El Guerrouj in the 1500m.

Silver medal: Khalid Sekkah in the 10,000 m.

Silver medal: Khalid Boulami in the 5000m.

Bronze medal: Zahra Ouaaziz in the 5000m.

6th edition (Athens 1997):

Gold medal: Hicham El Guerrouj in the 1500m.

Gold medal: Nezha Bidouane in the 400m Hurdles.

Silver medal: Khalid Boulami in the 5000m.

Bronze medal: Salah Hissou in the 10,000m.

7th edition (Seville 1999):

Gold medal: Hicham El Guerrouj in the 1500 m.

Gold medal: Salah Hissou in the 5000m.

Silver Medal: Nezha Bidouane in the 400m Hurdles.

Silver Medal: Zahra Ouaaziz in the 5000m.

Bronze medal: Ali Ezzin in the 3000m steeplechase.

8th edition (Edmonton 2001):

Gold Medal: Nezha Bidouane in the 400m Hurdles.

Gold medal: Hicham El Guerrouj in the 1500 m.

Silver medal: Ali Ezzine in the 3000m steeplechase.

9th edition (Paris 2003):

Gold medal: Jaouad Gharib in the marathon.

Silver medal: Hasna Benhassi in the 800m.

Silver medal: Adil Kaouch in the 1500 m.

11th edition (Osaka 2007):

Silver medal: Hasna Benhassi in the 800m.

12th edition (Berlin 2009): None

13th Edition (Daegu 2011): None

14th edition (Moscow 2013): None

15th edition (Beijing 2015):

Bronze medal for Abdelaati Iguider in the 1500m.

16th edition (London 2017):

Silver medal for Sofian El Bakkali in the 3,000m steeplechase.

17th edition: Doha 2019

Bronze medal for Sofiane El Bakkali in the 3,000m steeplechase.

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