Middle distance runner who won gold medals in both the 1500 meter and 5000 meter competitions at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
He was a teenage star, placing 3rd in the 5000 meter Junior World Championships in 1992.
Before his Olympic success he accumulated 4 gold medals at the World Championships and 3 at the World Indoor Championships.
He was born and raised in Berkane, Morocco.
At the Junior World Championships in 1992, he placed right behind future Olympian Haile Gebrselassie.