Rhadi Ben Abdesselam

1929 - 2000

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Rhadi Ben Abdesselam (Arabic: راضي بن عبد السلام‎; 28 February 1929 – 4 October 2000) was a Moroccan long-distance runner. He competed at the 1960 Olympics in the marathon and 10,000 meters events.He also ran in the International Cross Country Championships in 1958–1963. In March 1960, he and Belgium's Gaston Roelants quickly broke away from the field, and he became the first African athlete to win the individual gold medal in that event, defeating Roelants by 40 yards.On September 8, 1960, he finished in 14th place in the finals-only 10,000 meters, in 29:32.0, almost a minute behind the winner, the Soviet Union's Pyotr Bolotnikov, who broke the Olympic record for the event.Just two days later, the blazing pace through the first 20 kilometers in the marathon helped result in an eventual world record for the barefoot winner, Ethiopia's Abebe Bikila. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rhadi Ben Abdesselam has received more than 19,510 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Rhadi Ben Abdesselam is the 268th most popular athlete, the 68th most popular biography from Morocco and the 3rd most popular Moroccan Athlete.

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Among athletes, Rhadi Ben Abdesselam ranks 268 out of 3,055. Before him are Viktor Tsybulenko, Xenia Stad-de Jong, Elias Katz, Vyacheslav Ivanov, Blanka Vlašić, and Armas Taipale. After him are John Thomas, Erik Lundqvist, Spyridon Belokas, Hartwig Gauder, Mykola Avilov, and Alexandre Tuffère.

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Among people born in 1929, Rhadi Ben Abdesselam ranks 276Before him are Charles Antenen, Jürgen Ehlers, Héctor Alterio, Hong Song-nam, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Gerry Anderson. After him are Thomas Remengesau Sr., Larry Collins, Eliseo Prado, Henry E. Holt, Terry Sawchuk, and Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro. Among people deceased in 2000, Rhadi Ben Abdesselam ranks 165Before him are Frédéric Dard, Werner Klemperer, Jim Varney, Stephanos Christopoulos, Franco Rossi, and Anatoli Firsov. After him are Spyridon Belokas, Paula Wessely, Piero Pasinati, Enric Valor i Vives, Dorino Serafini, and Spyros Markezinis.

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In Morocco

Among people born in Morocco, Rhadi Ben Abdesselam ranks 68 out of 163. Before him are Shlomo Ben-Ami (1943), Michel Qissi (1962), Ahmed Aboutaleb (1961), Dominique Mamberti (1952), Alain Souchon (1944), and Nawal El Moutawakel (1962). After him are Mustapha Hadji (1971), Ezzaki Badou (1959), Hicham El Guerrouj (1974), Azzeddine Laraki (1929), Abderrahmane Mahjoub (1929), and Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco (1970).

Among ATHLETES In Morocco

Among athletes born in Morocco, Rhadi Ben Abdesselam ranks 3Before him are Saïd Aouita (1959) and Nawal El Moutawakel (1962). After him are Hicham El Guerrouj (1974), Brahim Boutayeb (1967), Nezha Bidouane (1969), Jaouad Gharib (1972), Mohammed Mourhit (1970), Salah Hissou (1972), Khalid Boulami (1969), Hasna Benhassi (1978), and Rashid Ramzi (1980).