EL GUERROUJ Hicham (1974) Morocco / Track and Field
The laurel wreath was waiting for Hicham El Guerrouj in Sydney. The world's best middle-distance specialist had to win the 1500 metres. After all, he had won all the meetings including two world championships that he had competed in over the previous four years since his fall in the final of the Atlanta Games.However, the Moroccan champion failed, beaten in the final by the small Kenyan runner, Ngeni. The man who dreamt of achieving the same glory as his illustrious role model, Said Aouita, who dreamt of winning every distance between 1500 and 5000 metres, will have to be very patient. He'll be 30 in Athens and will have to battle with age too.