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Taekwondo: Morocco Crowned First at African Championships, 11 Medals

The Moroccan men’s and women’s national taekwondo teams rounded out their respective campaigns at the African Championships held in Côte d’Ivoire with a total of 11 medals – including seven gold, one silver and three bronze. This performance enabled Morocco to take first place in the overall competition rankings.

Morocco dominated competition at the championships, which ended on Monday. The competitors demonstrated their prowess in continental taekwondo after two days of rigorous battle at the Alassane-Ouattara Ivorian-Korean ICT and Cultural Sports Center in Abidjan.

Hatam Zarhouti (-74 kg), Soufiane Elasbi (-87 kg), Soukana Sahib (-46 kg), Oumaima El Bouchti (-53 kg), and Omayma Boumh (-73 kg) emerged as the champions in the tournament’s decisive round.

Moroccan gold medalists on the first day of wrestling competition also included Ayoub Bassel (87 kg) and Fatima-Ezzahra Aboufaras (73 kg).

Morocco topped the men’s competition–coming in ahead of Egypt and Niger–while the women were followed by Côte d’Ivoire and Egypt.

Egypt finished second in the overall point totals with two gold, four silver, and seven bronze medals, while Côte d’Ivoire followed just behind with two gold, five silver, and three bronze.