Rabat – Moroccan athlete Rabab Arrafi has achieved the third best female performance in the history of Morocco’s participation in the IAAF Continental Cup.
The competition, held by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and formerly called the World Cup, took place this weekend in the Czech city of Ostrava.
Arafi arrived third in the 1,500 meter race with a time of 4:17:19, allowing Africa, along with Kenya’s Winny Chebet (4:16 :01), to finish at the top of the contest with a total of 14 points.
Arafi’s race earned her the third best performance in the history of Moroccan women’s participation in the IAAF Continental Cup, after Nezha Bidouane’s gold in the 400 meter hurdles event and Zahra Ouaziz’s silver in the 3,000 meter, both in 1998 in Johannesburg.
Arafi, 27, the second best athlete from Africa, was the only athlete to win two gold medals at the last Mediterranean Games in June in Tarragona, Spain. She won both the 1,500 meter and the 800 meter, which she ran in2:01:01.
Morocco holds six gold medals from IAAF Continental Cups.Moroccan men earned five of the medals: Said Ouita for the 5,000 meter in Barcelona in 1989, Benyounes Lahlou with the team of Africa for the 4×400 meter relay in Havana in 1992, Khalid Skah for the 10,000 meter in London in 1994, and Brahim Lahlafi for the 5,000 meter the same year.
Nezha Bidouane offered Morocco the country’s only female gold, thanks to her victory in the 400 meter hurdles in 1998 in Johannesburg.