Morocco’s Fatima Zahra Abou Fares Wins Gold Medal at Youth Olympics

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Morocco’s Fatima Zahra Abou Fares Wins Gold Medal at Youth Olympics

Rabat – Moroccan taekwondo martial artist Fatima Zahra Abou Fares has won Morocco’s first gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Abou Fares captured the win on Thursday in the women’s 63 kilogram division, defeating her Iranian rival, Himati Kimia. Her victory gave Morocco its first gold medal at the youth Olympics.

On Tuesday, Moroccan taekwondo martial artist Safia Bensalah won Morocco’s first silver medal.

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In previous youth Olympics, two Moroccan runners, Hicham Sigueni and Hicham Chemlal, won Morocco bronze medals in the 3,000-meter race in Singapore in 2010 and in the 2,000-meter steeplechase in China in 2014, respectively.

Four thousand athletes representing 200 countries in 32 sports are participating in the 2018 summer youth Olympics.  

Morocco has 20 athletes in Buenos Aires: 5 in athletics, 4 in boxing, 3 in karate, 2 in taekwondo, 2 in judo, 2 in swimming, 1 in sailboards, and 1 in wrestling.

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