Jawad Gharib and Asmae
Laghzaoui to represent Morocco in Brussels
Mohammed Bencherif (MAP) for the IAAF
30 April 2002 - Rabat - Morocco will be represented by two athletes at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Brussels on 5 May, Jawad Gharib and Asmae Laghzaoui.
Jawa Gharib was a gold medallist at 10,000 metres in the 14th Mediterranean Games in Tunis, Tunisia and was the first Moroccan to cross the finish line at the last edition of the World Half Marathon Championships in Bristol, United Kindom last October, scoring a ninth place in a time of 1:01:41, ahead of his compatriots Khalid Skah (in 10th place) and Salah Hissou (11th).
Asmae Laghzaoui came seventh in the 10,000 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Edmonton in 2001 and took the gold medal over the same distance at the Mediterranean Games. She failed to finish in Bristol.
Morocco entered six men in the last edition of the World Half Marathon Championships and came fourth in the team competition.
Former Olympic 10,000 metre champion Khalid Skah is the only Moroccan athlete to have twice gained a place on the podium: in 1994 in Oslo, when he won the title and in 1998 at Uster in Switzerland, when he took bronze.
In the team competition, Morocco has one bronze medal to its credit, from Oslo 1994, where the Moroccan team finished behind Kenya and Mexico.
The two Moroccan athletes heading for Brussels are coached by the 10,000 metre Olympic champion from Seoul 1998, Moulay Brahim Boutayeb, who is the national distance coach.