Rabat - Former Moroccan middle distance runner, Fatima Aouam, died on Saturday at the age of 55.
Rabat – Former Moroccan middle distance runner, Fatima Aouam, died on Saturday at the age of 55.
Fatima Aouam was one of the most prominent Moroccan runners in the 1980’s. She won three medals at the Arab Games in Casablanca in 1985, and was crowned champion of Africa winning two gold medals in Algeria in 1988.
She also won two gold medals during the Francophone Games held in Casablanca in 1989, and reached the final rounds of the World University Games in Japan in 1985.
In 1987 she broke the world record of the two miles in Italy, becoming the first Moroccan, Arab and African woman to achieve that result. And in 1988, she became the first Moroccan woman to reach the final of 1500 meters at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. She was chosen Morocco’s athlete of the year in 1987.