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Special Olympics: Morocco on the podium with 16 medals including 4 gold

Three days after the spectacular opening ceremony of the 15th edition of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, Moroccan athletes are claiming outstanding spots on the podium of various sports disciplines.

The first place on the podium for Morocco was won by Mohamed Houdaïfa (22 years old). The athlete won the gold medal for triathlon (category D4). Houdaïfa has emerged with a comfortable margin of nearly 15 minutes. He covered all three disciplines (swimming, cycling and running) in 1 hour 7 minutes and 15 seconds.

Mohamed Houdaïfa also won a silver medal on Sunday in the athletics event – 1500m, with a score of 4 minutes, 22 seconds and 32 hundredths. At the Hamdan Sports Complex in Dubai, Moroccan swimmers distinguished themselves in the swimming events – 50m freestyle. Fifteen-year-old champion Amal Bouazzaoui won the gold medal after completing the race in 51 seconds and 21 hundredths (Series F10), while Hala Mouhsine (age 15) finished fourth (Series F3), Hanane Ouazzani Touhami (15) was fifth (F6 Series) and Chaimaa Gomi (15) finished sixth (F5 Series).

Still in swimming, 18-year-old Ilyas Bouyi won the silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle (Series M13) in 35 seconds and 19 hundredths. The third gold medal for Morocco was won by weightlifting champion Marouane Amallah (23). The athlete stood out in Raised Land with 132.50 kg. He has also won two silver medals, in bench press as well as combined Squat / bench press / Raised ground.

Morocco has also made a name for itself in cycling as it came in top of the podium in the 5km time trial. The athlete Saad Ben Hommadi (17) finished the race (Series M06) in 8 minutes and 57 seconds to win the gold medal. He was also awarded the silver medal in the 2km time trial race (Series M04) last Saturday.

On the same day, the athlete Mohamed Hail won the bronze medal for the 2km time trial (Series M01) with a timing of 3 minutes and 59 seconds.

Moroccan athletes honored their participation in other disciplines such as horse riding where two Moroccan riders, Amine Ahabchan and Hatim El Atrach, won two bronze medals. In table tennis, athletes Najlae Haddouch and Fatima Ezzahra Belfassi also add two bronze medals to the Moroccan score.

In Bocce, Oussama Bouka and Tariq Bahmad distinguished themselves by winning each a bronze medal.
More than a major sporting event, Special Olympics World Games is above all an event with a message of unity and solidarity. In Abu Dhabi, the spirit of courage and challenge reigns in the 7,500 participating athletes, or the “Determined” (as nicknamed the Organizing Committee), who managed to push the barriers and chose the sport to show their abilities.

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