Morocco represented by 15 athletes

A total of 15 athletes (14 men and 1 lady) will represent Morocco at the 18th edition of the World Athletics Championships, to be held in Eugene, United States of America, from July 15 to 24.

The men’s team includes Olympic champion and author of the best world performance of the year in the 3,000m steeplechase Soufiane El Bakkali, alongside Mohamed Tindoufet and Salah Eddine Benyazid. Abdllati El Guess, Mouad Zahafi and El Hassan Moujah will be at the starting line for the 800m, while Abdelatif Sadiki, Anass Essayi and El Hassan Moujah will be in the 1,500m. The 5,000m event will see the participation of Soufiane Bouquantar and Hicham Akankam. For his part, Talbi Zouhair will be in the 10,000m competition, while his compatriots El Araaby Reda, Hamza Sahli and Othmane El Goumri will be involved in the marathon.

On the women’s side, the national colors will be defended by Assia Raziki in the 800m.

Morocco has won 30 medals, including 10 gold, 12 silver and 8 bronze, during its participation in the previous 17 editions of the world athletics championships.

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.

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