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Morocco at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Morocco competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. This was the nation's eleventh appearance at the Olympics, except the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, because of its partial support to the United States boycott.

Morocco at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Flag of Morocco.svg
IOC codeMAR
NOCMoroccan Olympic Committee
Arabic: اللجنة الأولمبية الوطنية المغربية
Websitewww.marocolympique.org ‹See Tfd›(in French)
in Athens
Competitors55 in 9 sports
Flag bearer Nezha Bidouane[1]
Medals
Ranked 36th
Gold
2
Silver
1
Bronze
0
Total
3
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Comité Olympique Marocain sent a total of 55 athletes, 47 men and 8 women, to compete in 9 sports. Men's football was the only team-based sport in which Morocco had its representation at these Olympic Games. There was only a single competitor in fencing, swimming, and weightlifting. The Moroccan team featured four Olympic medalists from Sydney: boxer Tahar Tamsamani, steeplechaser Ali Ezzine, middle distance runner and top favorite Hicham El Guerrouj, and hurdler and former world champion Nezha Bidouane, who later became the nation's first ever female flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1]

Morocco left Athens with a total of three Olympic medals (two gold and one silver), being considered the most successful Olympics based on the gold medal count. As one of the major highlights of these Games, Hicham El Guerrouj set an Olympic historical milestone as the first ever Moroccan athlete to strike a distance double (1500–5000) since Paavo Nurmi did so in 1924, and the first to claim a gold since the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where Khalid Skah won the men's 10,000 metres title.[2][3] On August 29, 2004, at the time of the closing ceremony, El Guerrouj was elected to the IOC Athletes' Commission, along with three other athletes.[4] Meanwhile, the silver medal was awarded to fellow middle distance runner Hasna Benhassi in the women's 800 metres.[5]

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MedalistsEdit

AthleticsEdit

Moroccan athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard).[6][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 Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Mohammed Amyne 10000 m N/A 28:55.96 18
Youssef Baba 1500 m 3:38.71 7 q 3:42.96 10 Did not advance
Hicham Bellani 5000 m 13:22.64 6 q N/A 13:31.81 9
Mouhssin Chehibi 800 m 1:46.77 2 Q 1:44.62 3 q 1:45.16 4
Abdelatif Chemlal 3000 m steeplechase 8:29.36 9 N/A Did not advance
Khalid El Boumlili Marathon N/A DNF
Hicham El Guerrouj 1500 m 3:37.86 1 Q 3:40.87 1 Q 3:34.18  
5000 m 13:21.87 3 Q N/A 13:14.39  
Ali Ezzine 3000 m steeplechase 8:20.18 5 q N/A 8:15.58 8
Rachid Ghanmouni Marathon N/A DNF
Jaouad Gharib N/A 2:15:12 11
Abderrahim Goumri 5000 m 13:20.03 5 Q N/A 13:47.27 13
Adil Kaouch 1500 m 3:39.88 4 Q 3:35.69 1 Q 3:38.26 9
Amine Laalou 800 m 1:45.88 1 Q 1:47.53 7 Did not advance
Zouhair Ouerdi 3000 m steeplechase 8:27.55 4 N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Yahya Berrabah Long jump 7.62 30 Did not advance
Tarik Bouguetaïb 7.79 24 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Amina Aït Hammou 800 m 2:03.70 2 Q 2:00.66 7 Did not advance
Seltana Aït Hammou 2:03.95 2 Q 2:00.64 6 Did not advance
Hasna Benhassi 800 m 2:01.20 1 Q 1:58.59 1 Q 1:56.43 NR  
1500 m 4:05.98 5 q 4:07.39 5 q 4:12.90 12
Nezha Bidouane 400 m hurdles 55.69 3 Did not advance
Bouchra Ghezielle 1500 m DNS Did not advance
Hafida Izem Marathon N/A 2:40:46 27
Kenza Wahbi N/A 2:41:36 30

BoxingEdit

Morocco sent seven boxers to Athens. Only two of them won their first bouts, including Sydney bronze medalist Tahar Tamsamani, and both were defeated in the second round to give the team a combined record of 2-7.

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Redouane Bouchtouk Light flyweight   Tamara (COL)
L 25–48
Did not advance
Hicham Mesbahi Flyweight   Luza (BOT)
W 25–20
  Rżany (POL)
L 20–33
Did not advance
Hamid Ait Bighrade Bantamweight   Prasad (IND)
L 17–25
Did not advance
Tahar Tamsamani Lightweight   Rukundo (UGA)
L 22–30
Did not advance
Nafil Hicham Light welterweight   Mosquea (DOM)
W 42–40
  Karimzhanov (KAZ)
L 13–33
Did not advance
Ait Hammi Miloud Welterweight   Saitov (RUS)
L 15–30
Did not advance
Rachid El Haddak Heavyweight N/A   Vargas (USA)
L RSC
Did not advance

FencingEdit

One Moroccan fencer qualified for the following events:

Men
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
Aissam Rami Individual épée   Kochetkov (RUS)
L 6–15
Did not advance

FootballEdit

The Morocco national football team qualified for the Olympics after getting a go-ahead penalty goal in their final qualifying match against Angola.[8]

Men's tournamentEdit

Roster

The following is the Moroccan squad in the men's football tournament of the 2004 Summer Olympics.[9]

Head coach: Mustapha Madih

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals 2004 club
1 1GK Omar Charef (1981-02-19)19 February 1981 (aged 23) 24 0   Mouloudia Club d'Oujda
2 2DF Moncef Zerka (1981-08-30)30 August 1981 (aged 22) 10 0   Nancy
3 3MF Salaheddine Aqqal (1984-01-01)1 January 1984 (aged 20) 18 1   Khourigba
4 2DF Jamal Alioui (1982-06-02)2 June 1982 (aged 22) 11 1   Perugia
5 3MF Merouane Zemmama (1983-10-07)7 October 1983 (aged 20) 12 9   Raja Casablanca
6 2DF Badr El Kaddouri (1981-01-31)31 January 1981 (aged 23) 19 0   Dynamo Kyiv
7 4FW Farid Talhaoui (1982-02-10)10 February 1982 (aged 22) 4 0   Guingamp
8 3MF Yazid Kaissi (1981-05-16)16 May 1981 (aged 23) 9 3   Lens
9 4FW Mustapha Allaoui (1983-05-30)30 May 1983 (aged 21) 21 12   MAS Fes
10 4FW Bouabid Bouden (1982-02-01)1 February 1982 (aged 22) 28 15   Lens
11 4FW Mehdi Taouil (1983-05-20)20 May 1983 (aged 21) 6 2   Nürnberg
12 4FW Bouchaib El Moubarki* (1978-01-12)12 January 1978 (aged 26) 20 0   Al Wasl FC
13 2DF Oussama Souaidy (1981-08-25)25 August 1981 (aged 22) 18 7   Mallorca
14 3MF Azzeddine Ourahou (1984-08-12)12 August 1984 (aged 20) 4 0   Istres
15 2DF Tajeddine Sami (1982-06-10)10 June 1982 (aged 22) 18 2   Raja Casablanca
16 2DF Elamine Erbate (1981-01-01)1 January 1981 (aged 23) 31 5   Raja Casablanca
17 3MF Otmane El Assas* (1979-01-30)30 January 1979 (aged 25) 35 8   Al Ittihad
18 1GK Nadir Lamyaghri* (1976-02-13)13 February 1976 (aged 28) 30 13   Wydad Athletic Club

* Over-aged player.

Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Iraq 3 2 0 1 7 4 +3 6 Qualified for the quarterfinals
2   Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
3   Morocco 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4   Portugal 3 1 0 2 6 9 −3 3
Costa Rica  0 – 0  Morocco
Report

Morocco  1 – 2  Portugal
Bouden   85' Report Ronaldo   40'
R. Costa   73'

Morocco  2 – 1  Iraq
Bouden   69' (pen.)
Aqqal   77'
Report Sadir   63'

JudoEdit

Two Moroccan judoka qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Repechage 3 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Younes Ahamdi Men's −60 kg   Stanev (RUS)
L 0000–1000
Did not advance
Adil Belgaid Men's −81 kg   Hontyuk (UKR)
L 0000–1020
Did not advance   Chahkhandagh (IRI)
W 0013–0001
  Wanner (GER)
L 0000–0201
Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Adil Bellaz 200 m freestyle 1:55.79 53 Did not advance

TaekwondoEdit

Three Moroccan taekwondo jin qualified for the following events.

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage 1 Repechage 2 Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Abdelkader Zrouri Men's +80 kg   Noguera (VEN)
W 8–5
  Nikolaidis (GRE)
L 2–5
Did not advance   Rojas (COL)
W 6–2
  Gentil (FRA)
L 1–3
Did not advance 5
Mouna Benabderassoul Women's −67 kg   Nahdi (TUN)
W 6–2
  Díaz (PUR)
L 4–4 SUP
Did not advance
Mounia Bourguigue Women's +67 kg   Castrignano (ITA)
L 4–6
Did not advance

TennisEdit

Morocco nominated two male tennis players to compete in the tournament.

Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Hicham Arazi Men's singles   Ferrero (ESP)
L 3–6, 1–6
Did not advance
Younes El Aynaoui   Hrbatý (SVK)
L 3–6, 4–6
Did not advance
Hicham Arazi
Younes El Aynaoui
Men's doubles N/A   Mirnyi /
Voltchkov (BLR)
L RET
Did not advance

WeightliftingEdit

One Moroccan weightlifter qualified for the following events:

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Yacine Zouaki Men's −62 kg 95 18 130 16 225 15

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Nezha Bidouane portera le drapeau national aux JO d'Athènes" [Nezha Bidouane will carry the national flag at the Athens Olympics]. Bladi. 6 August 2004. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  2. ^ "El Guerrouj wins historic gold". BBC Sport. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  3. ^ Patrick, Dick (28 August 2004). "Second gold secures legacy for El Guerrouj". USA Today. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Athletics triumphs in IOC Athletes Commission Elections". IAAF. 26 August 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Holmes takes gold in 800m". The Guardian. 23 August 2004. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  6. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Games of the XXVIII Olympiad Football Qualifying Tournament". Rec Sport Soccer Statistics Foundation. 13 March 2005. Retrieved 28 July 2008.
  9. ^ "Olympic Men's Football Tournaments Athens 2004 – Squad List: Morocco (MAR)". FIFA. Retrieved 2 October 2015.

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