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Saïd Aouita

Full name: Saïd Aouita
Original name: سعيد عويطة
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: November 2, 1959 in Kénitra, Gharb-Chrarda-Béni Hssen, Morocco
Country: MAR Morocco
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Aouita was one of the most versatile middle and long distance runners, covering all distances between 800 and 10000 metres. He achieved his greatest international success in the 5000 m, winning that event at the 1984 Olympics and the 1987 World Championships in Rome. He also became the first runner to go under thirteen minutes, lowering the world record to 12:58.39. He also set World Records in the 1500, 2000 and 3000 m and won the world indoor title over 3000 metres in 1989. His career petered out after he missed the 1992 Olympics due to injury.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:43.86 (1988); 1500 – 3:29.46 (1985); 5000 – 12:58.39 (1987).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Morocco MAR 1 Gold OR
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Men's 800 metres Morocco MAR 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Morocco MAR 4 h2 r1/3

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Morocco Final 3 1:44.06 5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Morocco Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 1:44.79 5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Morocco Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 1:45.24 1
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Morocco Round One Heat Five 1 QU 1:49.67 4

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Morocco Round One Heat Two 4 QU 3:42.18

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Morocco Final 1 OR 13:05.59
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Morocco Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 13:28.39
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Morocco Round One Heat Two 4 QU 13:45.66