Rabat – Another prestigious distinction has been awarded to Moroccan athlete Rababe Arafi.
The 27-year-old has won gold in the 800m on Friday in Tarragona, Spain, in the 2018 Mediterranean Games (June 22-July 1).
According to MAP, Arafi completed the 800 meter sprint in just over two minutes (02:01:01), ahead of compatriot Malika Akkaoui (02:01.50), who won the silver, while the bronze went to French Cynthia Anais (02:02.33).
“I am very happy to achieve this performance in Tarragona and I am very honored to offer Morocco this gold medal,” said the native of Khouribga, who also hopes to win a gold in the 1500 meter.
Arafi’s gold is the fifth of its kind for Morocco in the games, after those of Karateka Abdessalam Ameknassi (karate), Soufiane El Bakkali (3000 meter steeplechase) and Younes Essalhi (5000 meter).
Meanwhile, Morocco’s Brahim Kaazouzi won the gold medal in the 1500 meter while his compatriot Fouad El Kaam won bronze. Kaazouzi completed the 1500 meter in (03:37:14), while El Kaam clocked a time of 03:37:78.
“Whenever I participate in a 1500m race, I have to take on a great responsibility, to walk the same path as the Moroccan legends of this distance,” said Kaazouzi, adding that this victory is not fortuitous, but the result of a “long” job.