He ran it once and got spiked at the start. When he finished he had blood on his legs. I remember reading about it and the writer commenting on his guts just to continue.
I liked Aouita back in the day, but thought he should have concentrated more on the 5,000/10,000. The 800/1500 88 double was not a good idea (in my opinion).
He was flamboyant, which is what we need more of in the sport. He was around when track's popularity was at it's highest. I remember an article, probably in TaFNews, that track was #2 next to soccer, #1 in Britian and if you dodn't count soccer crazy Italy, #1 in the world.