Btissam Lakhouad

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Lakhouad (top) at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Btissam Lakhouad (born 7 December 1980) is a Moroccan middle distance runner who specializes in the 1500 metres. She represented her country at the Summer Olympics in 2008 and 2012. She was fourth at the World Championships in Athletics in 2011 and has won medals at the Mediterranean Games and the African Championships in Athletics.

A Khouribga native, she competed in the 1500 m at both the 2007 and 2008 World Athletics Finals, finishing in sixth and eleventh place, respectively. She represented Morocco at the 2008 Summer Olympics and, after finishing third in her heat, she qualified for the final of the competition. She finished in last place however, two places behind teammate Siham Hilali. She improved her 1500 m best to 4:03.23 minutes at the 2009 Herculis meet in Monaco and went to be a semi-finalist in the event at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. In regional competition, she claimed the silver medal at the 2009 Mediterranean Games and won a gold medal at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie, heading a Moroccan medal sweep.[1]

Lakhouad ran her first sub-4 minute 1500 m race in 2010, recording 3:59.35 minutes for second at the Athletissima Diamond League meet in July to break the Moroccan national record.[2] She won her first continental medal soon after, taking the 1500 m bronze medal at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics. She also placed fourth in the 800 metres final. She also competed in the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, finishing 34th overall. She delivered her career best global level performance at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics by taking fourth place in the 1500 m final.[1]

She ran at the 80th edition of the Cinque Mulini cross country and came third.[3]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Morocco
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 12th 1500 m 4:07.25
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 2nd 1500 m 4:12.07
World Championships Berlin, Germany 11th (sf) 1500 m 4:08.72
Jeux de la Francophonie Beirut, Lebanon 1st 1500 m 4:21.39
2010 African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 4th 800 m 2:01.75
3rd 1500 m 4:11.81
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 4th 1500 m 4:06.18
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom DNF 1500 m DNF
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 23rd (h) 1500 m 4:09.15[4]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time Venue Date
800 metres 2:00.22 Rabat, Morocco 27 May 2012
1500 metres 3:59.35 Lausanne, Switzerland 8 July 2010
1500 metres (indoor) 4:07.86 Stockholm, Sweden 23 February 2012
One mile 4:25.35 Brussels, Belgium 14 September 2007
3000 metres (indoor) 9:08.02 Stuttgart, Germany 3 February 2007
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Biographies: Lakhouad, Btissam. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-08-28.
  2. ^ 2010 Athletissima Women's 1500 metres[permanent dead link]. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  3. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2012-03-18). Kenyan sweep at Cinque Mulini. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  4. ^ Did not finish the semi-final

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