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Nawal El Moutawakel – biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

IntroMoroccan hurdler and IOC member
Is Politician 
Athlete 
From Morocco 
Type Politics 
Sports 
Genderfemale
Birth 15 April 1962, Casablanca, Casablanca, Casablanca-Settat, Morocco
Age:58 years
Star sign Aries
Politics National Rally of Independents
Stats
Height: 162

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.

Life

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 running for fun, a 5 km run for women in Casablanca that has since become the biggest women’s race held in a Muslim country, with up to 30,000 who came to run.

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. Since 2012 she is a Vice-President of the IOC.

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 26 July 2012, she carried the Olympic torch through Westminster, London, for the London Olympics.

International competitions

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
Representing  Morocco
1981Arab ChampionshipsTunis, Tunisia1st100 m11.86
1st200 m24.30
World CupRome, Italy8th100 m11.921
7th4×100 m relay46.151
1982African ChampionshipsCairo, Egypt2nd100 m11.7
1st100 m hurdles13.8
1st400 m hurdles58.42
1983Maghreb ChampionshipsCasablanca, Morocco1st200 m24.0
1st100 m hurdles13.4
1st400 m hurdles58.5
World ChampionshipsHelsinki, Finland33rd (h)100 m hurdles14.85
12th (sf)400 m hurdles57.10
Mediterranean GamesCasablanca, Morocco1st400 m hurdles56.59
1984African ChampionshipsRabat, Morocco1st200 m23.93
1st400 m hurdles56.01
Olympic GamesLos Angeles, United States1st400 m hurdles54.61
1985African ChampionshipsCairo, Egypt1st400 m hurdles56.00
UniversiadeKobe, Japan3rd400 m hurdles55.59
World CupCanberra, Australia4th400 m hurdles56.051
7th4×400 m relay3:36.861
1987UniversiadeZagreb, Yugoslavia1st400 m hurdles55.21
Arab ChampionshipsAlgiers, Algeria1st200 m24.33
1st400 m54.28
1st400 m hurdles59.93
World ChampionshipsRome, Italy18th (h)400 m hurdles57.21
Mediterranean GamesLatakia, Syria1st400 m hurdles56.28

1Representing Africa