Morocco won the silver medal in the mixed relay event played Saturday in Aarhus, Denmark, at the 43rd World Cross Country Championships.
The Moroccan team composed of Soufian El Bakkali (vice-world champion of the 3,000 m steeplechase), Kaoutar Farkoussi, Abdelaati Iguider (bronze medalist at the London Olympics and Beijing World Championships in 1500m) and Rababe Arafi (bronze medalist in Continental Cup 1500m), placed second in 8,070m in 26min and 22s behind the Ethiopian team (25:49); while the world’s first half and bottom power, Kenya, is relegated to third place (26:29).
But just over an hour later, Morocco was disqualified “for having handed the timing bracelet before the start of the exchange zone”. Which meant Kenya was in second place and the United States, with 27:01, won bronze. But in the end, Morocco recovered its well-deserved silver medal.
In addition to the mixed relay Morocco was engaged in the junior boys and girls categories (U20). Thus, the junior boys team, composed of Elazzouzi
Houssam, Akkaoui Mustafa, Bouassel Abderrafia, Latam Abdellah and Laghrissi Othmen, ranked fourth behind Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. In junior girls, the team consisting of Hennou Youssra, Himi Lamyae, Goulamzi Hasnae, Ahettiou Houda, Azrour Meryem, Tiskart Hasnae, took the ninth place. In the final table of the medals Morocco ranked fourth.