During the 43rd edition of the world cross country championships held March 31st in Aarhus, Denmark, the Moroccan national team won the silver medal in the mixed relay.
Thanks to a team featuring a mix of enthusiasm and experience composed of Soufiane El Bakkali, Kaoutar Farkoussi, Abdalaati Iguider, and Rababe Arafi, the Moroccans succeeded in outperforming the Kenyan team led by the famous international champion Conseslus Kipruto.
Given the quality of competitors, finishing second wasn’t an easy deal. The Moroccan team did not start the race well as in the first stint, the vice-world champion steeple, Soufiane El Bakkali, finished 4th. Subsequently, Kaoutar Farkoussi was able to improve the ranking of the national team by moving to the 3rd place. On his side, Abdalaati Iguider was able to preserve the 3rd rank, before Rababe Arafi succeeded to take the team to the second rank behind the Ethiopians.
The Moroccans, however, had a fright when the Spanish and American teams filed a technical opposition for a dangerous passage of witness, which was initially accepted by the race officials before the Moroccan team’s appeal that later re-confirmed Morocco’s second place.
In the end, Morocco came fourth overall, with a silver medal, behind Ethiopia (11 Medals), Kenya (8 Medals), the United States (6 Medals), and ahead of Japan with a Medal of bronze.