Morocco at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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Morocco at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Morocco.svg
IOC code MAR
NOC Moroccan Olympic Committee
Arabic: اللجنة الأولمبية الوطنية المغربية
Website www.marocolympique.org (in French)
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors 49 in 13 sports
Flag bearer Abdelkebir Ouaddar (opening)[1]
Wiam Dislam (closing)
Medals
Ranked 78th
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
1
Total
1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Morocco competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's fourteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics.

Moroccan Olympic Committee (French: Comité Olympique Marocain) fielded a squad of 49 athletes, 29 men and 20 women, across 13 sports at the Games.[2] It was the nation's largest delegation sent to the Olympics without any participants in team-based sports, but third-largest overall in history. Nearly forty percent of the Moroccan delegation competed in the track and field; there was only a single competitor in slalom canoeing, equestrian, fencing, golf (new to the 2016 Games), and shooting.

Fifteen athletes on the Moroccan roster competed at the previous Olympics in London, with the rest of the field making their Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro. Among the nation's athletes were 2012 bronze medalist Abdalaati Iguider in distance running, taekwondo fighter Wiam Dislam (women's +67 kg), Greco-Roman wrestler Zied Ayet Ikram, who competed for Tunisia at the previous Games, and 54-year-old show jumper Abdelkebir Ouaddar, who led his delegation as the oldest competitor and flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1]

For the second Olympics in a row, Morocco left Rio de Janeiro with only a bronze medal, won by world-ranked pro boxer Mohammed Rabii in the men's welterweight division.[3][4] Five Moroccan athletes advanced to the finals of their respective sporting events but narrowly missed out of the podium, including Iguider, Dislam, along with her fellow taekwondo teammates Omar Hajjami and Naima Bakkal, and steeplechaser Soufiane Elbakkali.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Bronze Mohammed Rabii Boxing Men's welterweight 15 August

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Moroccan athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[5][6]

A total of 18 athletes (13 men and 5 women), highlighted by middle-distance runner and London 2012 bronze medalist Abdalaati Iguider, were named as part of Morocco's official team announcement for the Games on July 15, 2016.[7]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Aziz Ouhadi 100 m Bye 10.34 6 Did not advance
Abdelati El Guesse 800 m DNF N/A Did not advance
Mostafa Smaili 1:49.29 2 Q N/A 1:45.78 5 Did not advance
Fouad Elkaam 1500 m 3:39.51 6 Q N/A 3:40.93 9 Did not advance
Abdalaati Iguider 3:38.40 3 Q N/A 3:40.11 6 q 3:50.58 5
Brahim Kaazouzi 3:47.39 6 Q N/A 3:48.66 13 Did not advance
Soufiyan Bouqantar 5000 m 13:56.55 18 N/A Did not advance
Younès Essalhi 13:41.41 14 N/A Did not advance
Soufiane Elbakkali 3000 m steeplechase 8:25.17 2 Q N/A 8:14.35 4
Hamid Ezzine 8:27.69 5 q N/A DNF
Hicham Sigueni 8:27.82 7 N/A Did not advance
Abdelmajid El Hissouf Marathon N/A 2:20:29 68
Rachid Kisri N/A 2:21:00 73
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Malika Akkaoui 800 m 2:00.52 4 Did not advance
Rababe Arafi DNF Did not advance
Malika Akkaoui 1500 m 4:07.42 5 Q 4:08.55 8 Did not advance
Rababe Arafi 4:06.63 4 Q 4:05.60 7 q 4:15.16 12
Siham Hilali 4:13.46 9 Did not advance
Hayat Lambarki 400 m hurdles 1:00.83 6 N/A Did not advance
Salima Ouali Alami 3000 m steeplechase 9:44.83 10 N/A Did not advance
Fadwa Sidi Madane 9:32.94 11 N/A Did not advance
Koutar Boulaid Marathon N/A DNF

Boxing[edit]

Morocco has entered eight boxers to compete in each of the following weight classes into the Olympic boxing tournament. Mohammed Rabii was the only Moroccan to be selected to the Olympic team through the 2015 World Championships, while Achraf Kharroubi and Mohamed Hamout finished among the top two of their respective weight divisions in the World Series of Boxing.[8]

Mohamed Arjaoui and three women's boxers (Ez-Zahraoui, Lachgar, and El-Mardi) had claimed their Olympic spots at the 2016 African Qualification Tournament in Yaoundé, Cameroon.[9][10]

Hassan Saada secured an additional Olympic place on the Moroccan roster as a quarterfinalist losing to the eventual champion Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan at the 2016 AIBA World Qualifying Tournament in Baku.

Men
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Achraf Kharroubi Flyweight  Mokhotho (LES)
W 3–0
 Veitía (CUB)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Mohamed Hamout Bantamweight  Butsenko (UKR)
W 2–0
 Ramírez (CUB)
L 1–2
Did not advance
Mohammed Rabii Welterweight Bye  Okwiri (KEN)
W 3–0
 Donnelly (IRL)
W 2–1
 Giyasov (UZB)
L 0–3
Did not advance 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Hassan Saada Light heavyweight  Ünal (TUR)
L WO
Did not advance
Mohamed Arjaoui Super heavyweight  Majidov (AZE)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Zohra Ez-Zahraoui Flyweight  Ourahmoune (FRA)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Hasnaa Lachgar Lightweight  Yin Jh (CHN)
L 0–3
Did not advance
Khadija El-Mardi Middleweight Bye  Shakimova (KAZ)
L 0–3
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Slalom[edit]

Morocco has qualified one canoeist in the women's K-1 class by obtaining a top finish at the 2015 African Canoe Slalom Championships in Sagana, Kenya.[11][12]

Athlete Event Preliminary Semifinal Final
Run 1 Rank Run 2 Rank Best Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Hind Jamili Women's K-1 153.00 20 149.87 18 149.87 21 Did not advance

Cycling[edit]

Road[edit]

Moroccan riders qualified for a maximum of three quota places in the men's Olympic road race by virtue of their top 4 national ranking in the 2015 UCI Africa Tour.[13]

Athlete Event Time Rank
Anass Aït El Abdia Men's road race 6:30:05 47
Soufiane Haddi Did not finish
Mouhssine Lahsaini Men's road race Did not finish
Men's time trial 1:25:11.72 33

Equestrian[edit]

Morocco has entered one jumping rider into the Olympic equestrian competition by virtue of a top national finish from Africa & Middle East in the individual International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) Olympic Rankings.[14]

Jumping[edit]

Athlete Horse Event Qualification Final Total
Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round A Round B
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Penalties Rank
Abdelkebir Ouaddar Quickly de Kreisker Individual 4 =27 Q 9 13 50 Did not advance

Fencing[edit]

Morocco has entered one fencer into the Olympic competition. Youssra Zekrani had claimed her Olympic spot as the sole winner of the women's foil at the African Zonal Qualifier in Algiers, Algeria.

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Youssra Zekrani Women's foil N/A  Le Hl (CHN)
L 4–15
Did not advance

Golf[edit]

Morocco has entered one golfer into the Olympic tournament. Maha Haddioui (world no. 560) qualified directly among the top 60 eligible players for the women's event based on the IGF World Rankings as of 11 July 2016.[15]

Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
Score Score Score Score Score Par Rank
Maha Haddioui Women's 82 76 80 77 315 +31 59

Judo[edit]

Morocco has qualified three judokas for each of the following weight classes at the Games. Imad Bassou and Assmaa Niang were ranked among the top 22 eligible judokas for men and top 14 for women in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016, while London 2012 Olympian Rizlen Zouak at women's half-middleweight (63 kg) earned a continental quota spot from the African region, as the highest-ranked Moroccan judoka outside of direct qualifying position.[16]

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Imad Bassou Men's −66 kg Bye  Katz (AUS)
W 001–000
 Bouchard (CAN)
L 000–001
Did not advance
Rizlen Zouak Women's −63 kg N/A  Tsedevsüren (MGL)
L 000–101
Did not advance
Assmaa Niang Women's −70 kg N/A  Portela (BRA)
L 000–001
Did not advance

Shooting[edit]

Morocco has received an invitation from ISSF to send Mohamed Ramah in the men's double trap to the Olympics, as long as the minimum qualifying score (MQS) was fulfilled by March 31, 2016.[17]

Athlete Event Qualification Semifinal Final
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Mohamed Ramah Men's trap 108 30 Did not advance
Men's double trap 115 21 Did not advance

Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify for the next round; q = Qualify for the bronze medal (shotgun)

Swimming[edit]

Morocco has received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics.[18][19]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Driss Lahrichi Men's 100 m backstroke 58.01 36 Did not advance
Noura Mana Women's 50 m freestyle 28.20 59 Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Morocco entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition at the Olympics. Omar Hajjami, Hakima El-Meslahy, and 2012 Olympian Wiam Dislam secured the spots on the Moroccan team respectively in the men's flyweight (58 kg), women's lightweight (57 kg), and women's heavyweight category (+67 kg) by virtue of their top two finish at the 2016 African Qualification Tournament in Agadir.[20]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Omar Hajjami Men's −58 kg  Ashourzadeh (IRI)
W 4–3
 Zhao S (CHN)
L 1–8
Did not advance  Tortosa (ESP)
L 1–4
Did not advance 7
Naima Bakkal Women's −57 kg  Jones (GBR)
L 4–12
Did not advance  Asemani (BEL)
L 0–12 PTG
Did not advance 7
Wiam Dislam Women's +67 kg  Rodríguez (DOM)
W 5–1
 Espinoza (MEX)
L 2–3 SUD
Did not advance  Alora (PHI)
W 7–5
 Walkden (GBR)
L 1–7
5

Weightlifting[edit]

Morocco has qualified one male weightlifter for the Rio Olympics by virtue of a top five national finish at the 2016 African Championships, signifying the nation's Olympic return to the sport for the first time since 2004.[21] Meanwhile, an unused women's Olympic spot was added to the Moroccan weightlifting team by IWF, as a response to the vacancy of women's quota places in the individual World Rankings and to the "multiple positive cases" of doping on several nations.[22] The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.[23]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Khalid El-Aabidi Men's −85 kg 120 22 165 20 285 20
Samira Ouass Women's –75 kg 75 14 97 14 172 14

Wrestling[edit]

Morocco has qualified three wrestlers for each of the following weight classes into the Olympic competition, as a result of their semifinal triumphs at the 2016 African & Oceania Qualification Tournament.[24]

Key:

  • VT – Victory by Fall.
  • PP – Decision by Points – the loser with technical points.
  • PO – Decision by Points – the loser without technical points.
  • ST – Technical superiority – the loser without technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.
  • SP – Technical superiority – the loser with technical points and a margin of victory of at least 8 (Greco-Roman) or 10 (freestyle) points.

Men's freestyle
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Chakir Ansari −57 kg  Lachinau (BLR)
L 1–4 SP
Did not advance 13
Men's Greco-Roman
Athlete Event Qualification Round of 16 Quarterfinal Semifinal Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Mehdi Messaoudi −59 kg Bye  Thielke (USA)
L 0–4 ST
Did not advance 17
Zied Ayet Ikram −75 kg Bye  Yang B (CHN)
L 0–3 PO
Did not advance 19

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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