Nawal El Moutawakil - Morocco - 400m Hurdles Gold at 1984 Olympics (result)

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Date: 08 August 1984

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      Sunday, 15 April 1962
      Casablanca, Morocco
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Nawal EL MOUTAWAKIL - Morocco - 400m Hurdles Gold at 1984 Olympics (result)

Women's 400m. hurdles. Olympic Games 1984
1. Nawal el MOUTAWAKIL   MOR   54.61
2. Judie BROWN   USA   55.20
3. Cristina COJACARU   ROM   55.41
4. Pilavullakandi USHA   IND   55.42
5. Ann-Louise SKOGLUND   SWE   55.43
6. Debbie FLINTOFF   AUS   56.21
7. Tuija HELANDER   FIN   56.55
8. Sandra FARMER   JAM   57.15


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Nawal El Moutawakel (Arabic: نوال المتوكل‎) (born on April 15, 1962 in Casablanca) is a former Moroccan hurdler, who won the inaugural women's 400 m 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 cabinet of Morocco.


Although she had been a quite accomplished runner, the victory of El Moutawakel, who studied at Iowa State University at the time, was a surprise. King Hassan II of Morocco telephoned El Moutawakel to give his congratulations, and he declared that all girls born the day of her victory were to be named in her honor.Her medal also meant the breakthrough for sporting women in Morocco and other mostly Muslim countries. She was a pioneer for Muslim and Arabic athletes in that she confounded long-held beliefs that women of such backgrounds could not succeed in athletics. In 1993 she started Courir pour le plaisir, a 5km run for women in Casablanca that has since become the biggest women’s race held in a Muslim country, with up to 30,000 entrants.


In 1995, El Moutawakel became a council member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and in 1998 she became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). El Moutawakel is a member of the International Olympic Committee, and she was the president of evaluation commissions for the selection of the host city for the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. In 2006, El Moutawakel was one of the eight bearers of the Olympic flag at the 2006 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Turin, Italy. On the 26th July, 2012, she carried the Olympic torch through Westminster, London, for the London Olympics.