Hicham El Guerrouj was born on September 14, 1974 at Berkan, Morocco. He was interested in running from a very young age itself. But in a country where sport is not encouraged, Hicham’s talent was under the covers for a long time. But with his dazzling speed in the 1500m, he was directly selected into the Morocco junior athletic team.
Here he began his first proper training at the age of 16, in the year 1990. He had started pretty late in his career, but his talent and hard work would help him reach great heights in the future.