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February 11, 1995 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He was surrounded for many years by dozens of people wherever he went--a manager, a trainer, family members, reporters, photographers, fans, even a bodyguard. Now, on a Thursday night in Century City, Said Aouita, looking smaller than life, sits in Prime Sports' version of the green room while waiting to be summoned for a one-minute taped interview.
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February 11, 1995 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He was surrounded for many years by dozens of people wherever he went--a manager, a trainer, family members, reporters, photographers, fans, even a bodyguard. Now, on a Thursday night in Century City, Said Aouita, looking smaller than life, sits in Prime Sports' version of the green room while waiting to be summoned for a one-minute taped interview.
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March 12, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Said Aouita of Morocco broke the world indoor record in the 3,000 meters with a time of 7 minutes 36.66 at a meet at Piraeus, Greece. He bettered the 7:37.31 set by Moses Kiptanui of Kenya on Feb. 20 in Seville, Spain.
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March 12, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Said Aouita of Morocco broke the world indoor record in the 3,000 meters with a time of 7 minutes 36.66 at a meet at Piraeus, Greece. He bettered the 7:37.31 set by Moses Kiptanui of Kenya on Feb. 20 in Seville, Spain.
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June 28, 1990 | From Times wire services
Said Aouita, who holds world records in the four distance events, may never run competitively again, according to the Morrocan's former coach. Enrico Dionisi, who coached Aouita to set world marks in the 1,500 meters (3:29.46), 2,000 (4:50.81), 3,000 (7:29.45) and the 5,000 (12:58.39), feels the runner must quit after twice undergoing leg surgery. The saddest memory for Aouita is failing to win a gold medal in the Olympics in Seoul in 1988.
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August 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
Said Aouita of Morocco broke the oldest major running-event world record with a time of 7 minutes 29.45 seconds in the men's 3,000 meters at a Grand Prix track and field meet Sunday. Henry Rono of Kenya had set the manually timed record of 7:32.1 on June 27, 1978, at Oslo, Norway. "It was the hardest of all world records to get," said Aouita, who also holds world records in the 1,500, 2,000 and 5,000, meters, as well as a world best in the rarely run two-mile race.
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September 30, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Apparently distressed by the furor over an interview he did with a Rio de Janeiro television reporter, Brazil's Joaquim Cruz, suddenly shy, was a no-show Friday at the Olympic Stadium for his 1,500-meter semifinal race. Also missing was Morocco's Said Aouita, the world record-holder, who has a pulled left hamstring.
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February 8, 1989 | Randy Harvey
In the United States, sports heroes such as Orel Hershiser, Joe Montana and Brian Boitano go to Disney World when they win. Morocco's Said Aouita went there when he lost. And he didn't get paid to do it. Aouita was track and field's biggest bust at the 1988 Summer Olympics. He was favored to win the 800 and the 1,500. Some people, maybe even Aouita himself, thought he could also win the 5,000 if he tried.
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September 3, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
The organizers of track and field's World Championships have accomplished something no one else has been able to do in more than two years--arrange for the world's best middle-distance runners, Morocco's Said Aouita and Great Britain's Steve Cram, to be on the track at the same time. Unfortunately, the organizers have not arranged for them to be in the same race. Cram has entered the 1,500 meters, Aouita the 5,000.
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June 28, 1990 | From Times wire services
Said Aouita, who holds world records in the four distance events, may never run competitively again, according to the Morrocan's former coach. Enrico Dionisi, who coached Aouita to set world marks in the 1,500 meters (3:29.46), 2,000 (4:50.81), 3,000 (7:29.45) and the 5,000 (12:58.39), feels the runner must quit after twice undergoing leg surgery. The saddest memory for Aouita is failing to win a gold medal in the Olympics in Seoul in 1988.
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August 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
Said Aouita of Morocco broke the oldest major running-event world record with a time of 7 minutes 29.45 seconds in the men's 3,000 meters at a Grand Prix track and field meet Sunday. Henry Rono of Kenya had set the manually timed record of 7:32.1 on June 27, 1978, at Oslo, Norway. "It was the hardest of all world records to get," said Aouita, who also holds world records in the 1,500, 2,000 and 5,000, meters, as well as a world best in the rarely run two-mile race.
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February 8, 1989 | Randy Harvey
In the United States, sports heroes such as Orel Hershiser, Joe Montana and Brian Boitano go to Disney World when they win. Morocco's Said Aouita went there when he lost. And he didn't get paid to do it. Aouita was track and field's biggest bust at the 1988 Summer Olympics. He was favored to win the 800 and the 1,500. Some people, maybe even Aouita himself, thought he could also win the 5,000 if he tried.
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September 30, 1988 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Apparently distressed by the furor over an interview he did with a Rio de Janeiro television reporter, Brazil's Joaquim Cruz, suddenly shy, was a no-show Friday at the Olympic Stadium for his 1,500-meter semifinal race. Also missing was Morocco's Said Aouita, the world record-holder, who has a pulled left hamstring.
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September 3, 1987 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
The organizers of track and field's World Championships have accomplished something no one else has been able to do in more than two years--arrange for the world's best middle-distance runners, Morocco's Said Aouita and Great Britain's Steve Cram, to be on the track at the same time. Unfortunately, the organizers have not arranged for them to be in the same race. Cram has entered the 1,500 meters, Aouita the 5,000.
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August 22, 1989 | Associated Press
Said Aouita, who set his fifth world record over the weekend, will run the mile at a British track meet next week. Organizers of the Aug. 28 meet in Gateshead, England, said Monday that the Moroccan will go in the mile against a field including British middle-distance star Peter Elliott.
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February 26, 1986
Said Aouita of Morocco, who set two world records last year and won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic 5,000-meter race, was named winner of the 1986 Jesse Owens International Amateur Athlete Award.
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