EL MOUTAWAKIL Nawal (1962) Morocco / Track and field
This Moroccan athlete was the first African woman to have won an Olympic gold medal. She won the 1500 m at the games in Los Angeles in '84 at the same time as her countrywoman Aouita tasted success. After that race, the roads of her native Casablanca were awash with people. This despite the fact that it was 2am.This brought her much fame in her country and King Hassan rewarded her handsomely. After studying computing and economics in the United States, she subsequently became an astute businesswoman and briefly Secretary of State for Youth and Sport. She has been a member of the IOC ever since.