Rabat – Since its debut in the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960, Morocco has won a total of 22 medals, including six golds, five silvers, and eleven bronzes. Nineteen medals out of 22 have been awarded in athletics.
Abdelaati Iguider is the current leader of the Moroccan athletics team. Last year, Iguider impressed the world with a stunning performance in the 1500-meter race by finishing in 3:34.94 during the fourth stage of the IAAF World Indoor Tour in Glasgow.
Mohammed Rabii is a boxer and one of the promising athletes likely to make Moroccans proud in Rio.
In 2015, Rabii won Morocco’s first ever gold medal in the AIBA World Championship against giant Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Yeleussinov in Doha.
Abdelkebir Ouaddar is the first Moroccan horse rider who has ever qualified for the Olympic Games. He is favored by Moroccans to win a medal. Ouaddar has achieved an unprecedented success leading the top Olympic qualifications.
In 2015, the International Equestrian Federation selected Ouaddar as the best rider after he had proven himself in the 2014 World Championships in Normandy by ranking 13th.
One of the two female Moroccan athletes, and Morocco’s hope for a medal, in track and field, is Malika Akkaoui. Akkaoui is considered to be the second best African champion in the 800 meter races. She was a semi-finalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Arafi is another athlete who may win a medal for Morocco. She ranked as the vice-champion of Africa in a 1500-meter race in Durban, South Africa.
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