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Famous Female Athletes from Morocco

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List of popular female athletes from Morocco, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Morocco has a rich history of competing in sports, and these are the famous females that make that competition so exciting. Some of the best Moroccan female athletes in the world are listed below, some of who have represented Morocco in the Olympics. You can click on the names of these talented female athletes of Morocco in order to get more information about each one, such as the birthplace of the athlete and when they were born.

List athletes include Fatima El Allami, Bouchra Chaâbi and more.

This list answers the questions, "What famous female athletes are from Morocco?" and "Who are the greatest female Moroccan athletes?"
  • Nawal El Moutawakel (Amazigh: Nawal Lmutawakkil; Arabic: نوال المتوكل‎; born on April 15, 1962 in Casablanca) is a former Moroccan hurdler, who won the inaugural women's 400 metres hurdles event at the 1984 Summer Olympics, thereby becoming the first female Muslim born on the continent of Africa to become an Olympic champion. She was also the first Moroccan and the first woman from a Muslim majority country to win an Olympic gold medal. In 2007, El Moutawakel was named the Minister of Sports in the upcoming cabinet of Morocco....  more
    • Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
    • Nationality: Morocco
  • Bouchra Ghézielle, née Ben Thami (Arabic: بُشرا غزال‎; born 19 May 1979), is a Moroccan-French track and field athlete, now competing for France. She competes mainly on the 1500 m distance but also on 800 m and 3000 m distances. Born in Khemisset, she competed at the 2004 Olympic Games for Morocco. She won the bronze medals at the 1998 African Championships, the 1998 World Junior Championships and the 2005 World Championships, and finished fourth at the 2005 World Athletics Final.In 2008, she was found guilty of rh-EPO doping. The sample was delivered on 9 February 2008 in an out-of-competition test in Franconville. She received a suspension from May 2008 to May 2012....  more
    • Birthplace: Morocco
    • Nationality: France, Morocco
  • Hasna Benhassi (Arabic: حسنة بنحسي‎; born 1 June 1978) is a retired Moroccan middle-distance runner. She competed at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics and won two medals in the 800 m event, in 2004 and 2008. At the world championships she won a gold medal over 1500 m indoors in 2001 and silver medals over 800 m outdoors in 2005 and 2007. In 2004, she was named Sportsperson of the Year in Morocco after a survey conducted by the Moroccan Radio among 43 press institutions.Benhassi is married to the fellow Olympic middle-distance runner Mouhssin Chehibi; they have a daughter named Farah....  more
    • Birthplace: Marrakesh, Morocco
    • Nationality: Morocco
  • Nezha Bidouane (Arabic: نزهة بدوان‎; born 18 September 1969 in Rabat) is a retired Moroccan track and field hurdler who specialised in the 400 metres hurdles. A two-time World champion, she won the 400 m hurdles gold medal at the 1997 World Championships in Athens and the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton. In 1999, she won the silver medal at the World Championships in an African record time of 52.90 seconds. In 2000, she won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games. Bidouane is married to Abdelaziz Sahere, and oversees the annual Women's Race to Victory 8K road race in Rabat....  more
    • Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco
    • Nationality: Morocco