Moroccans won the world’s longest desert ultra marathon in the men’s division, and came second in the women’s division.
Rabat – Moroccan runner Rachid El Morabity won the “Meraas Al Marmoom Ultramarathon 2018” in Dubai on Saturday evening.
El Morabity finished the world’s longest desert ultra marathon of 270 kilometers in under 32 hours (31:17:29), ahead of French runner Muriel Robert and Iranian runner Akbar Najdi Niryan.
In the women’s category, Moroccan Aziza Raji achieved finished second (40:03:20) behind American runner Magdalena Boulet (37:27:59), while Russian Oskana Riyapova finished third (42:17:43).
The sporting event brought together runners from 35 countries who specialize in endurance races.
The victory comes a week after Rachid El Morabity and his brother Mohammed scored Morocco a gold medal during the Oman Desert Marathon. The brothers won first and second places, respectively.
Aziza Raji also honored Morocco by claiming first place in the women’s category at the Oman Desert Marathon.