Oly Champion Soufiane El Bakkali wins 3000m SC in a World Lead Time 

Oly Champion Soufiane El Bakkali wins 3000m SC in a World Lead Time

To the joy of the home crowd, Olympic champion Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco won an intense men’s 3000 meters steeplechase, breaking a world record and a meeting record of 7:58.28 in the final race of the evening. El Bakkali won by overtaking Ethiopia’s Lemecha Girma in the final lap. Girma also shattered the eight-minute barrier for the second time in a week, clocking 7:59.24 just five days after posting his personal best of 7:58.68 at the Golden Spike competition in Ostrava. Hailemaryam Tegegn came in third, increasing his personal best time to 8:06.29. Oly champion Soufiane El Bakkali wins 3000m SC in a world lead time.

Soufiane El Bakkali: “I can’t describe my happiness for winning this race. Achieving world lead and meeting record in front of my audience is just incredible. I promised yesterday in the press conference that I will do a great performance and I am keeping my promise. I want to dedicate this victory to our king Mohamed VI and to all Moroccan people. I would like to thank this huge crowd that came to support me and without their support it would not have been possible. I will take some rest now before starting my preparation for the World Championships which is my main goal”.  

Men’s 3000m steeplechase

1. Soufiane EL BAKKALI MAR 7:58.28
2. Lamecha GIRMA ETH 7:59.24
3. Hailemariyam TEGEGN ETH 8:06.29
4. Conseslus KIPRUTO KEN 8:12.47
5. Avinash Mukund SABLE IND 8:12.48
6. Hillary BOR USA 8:13.12
7. Mehdi BELHADJ FRA 8:16.35
8. Benjamin KIGEN KEN 8:17.32
9. Abraham KIBIWOT KEN 8:18.78
10. Salaheddine BEN YAZIDE MAR 8:19.63
11. Mohamed TINDOUFT MAR 8:27.52
  Wilberforce Chemiat KONES KEN DNF


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