First Medals for Algeria, Morocco

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Algeria’s Taoufik Makhloufi reacts after he won the men’s 1500m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 7, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray (BRITAIN)

More wins for North Africa on Tuesday, with Algerian and Moroccan runners Taoufik Makhloufi and Abdalaati Iguider bringing home gold and bronze respectively in the Men’s 1500m.

These are the second and third medals to go to North African athletes; the first was won yesterday by Tunisian runner Habiba Ghribi.

Algeria, which has participated in the Summer Games since 1964, has collected a total of six medals in athletics (out of 14 total medals) while Morocco, which has a strong tradition of athletics, has garnered 18 medals in the sport, out of a total of 21 overall (the other three were awarded to boxers).

The Men’s 1500m in particular has been a good sport for Morocco: Legendary Moroccan middle-distance runner Hisham El Guerrouj won the 1500m in Athens, and took home a silver in the event in Sydney.