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Morocco at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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

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.

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Moroccan Olympic Committee (French: Comité Olympique Marocain) fielded a squad of 49 athletes, 29 men and 20 women, across 13 sports at the Games. It was the nation's largest delegation sent to the Olympics without any association to 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 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.

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. Five Moroccan athletes advanced further 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.

Athletics (track and field)

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

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.

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
    Women
    Track & road events

    Boxing

    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.

    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.

    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
    Women

    Slalom

    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.

    Road

    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.

    Equestrian

    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.

    Fencing

    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.

    Golf

    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.

    Judo

    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.

    Shooting

    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.

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

    Swimming

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

    Taekwondo

    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.

    Weightlifting

    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. 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. The team must allocate these places to individual athletes by June 20, 2016.

    Wrestling

    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.

    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
    Men's Greco-Roman

    References

    Morocco at the 2016 Summer Olympics Wikipedia


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