Tokyo 2020 Soufiane EL Bakkali Wins The 3000m Steeplechase

Tokyo 2020 Soufiane EL Bakkali Wins The 3000m Steeplechase

Soufiane El Bakkali becomes the first Moroccan to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the steeplechase event. Soufiane was a pre-race favorite going in for the final. A new Olympic Games champion in the men’s 3000m steeplechase has brought the end of the Eastern African countries era. Now the focus will be on the World Athletics Championships 2022.

Soufine El Bakkali finished fourth in Rio 2016 and missed out on the podium. But today history has been made by the Moroccan sensation. He finished in a time of 8:08.90.


Kenyan’s domination of the event has come to an end in this era. Lamecha Girma from Ethiopia also took home the silver medal in while Benjamin Kigen from Kenya took the bronze medal. The Kenyan athletes have won 11 conservative times in this event. Tokyo 2020 Soufiane EL Bakkali wins the 3000m steeplechase.

The full official results

  1. Soufiane El Bakkali – 8:08.90
  2. Lamecha Girma – 8:10.38
  3. Benjamin Kigen – 8:11.45
  4. Getnet Wale – 8:14.97
  5. Yemane Haileselassie – 8:15.34
  6. Mathew Hughes – 8:16.03
  7. Ryuji Miura – 8:16.90
  8. Topi Raitanen – 8:17.44
  9. Ala Zoghlami – 8:18.50
  10. Abraham Kibiwot – 8:19.41
  11. Benard Keter – 8:22.12
  12. Alexis Phelut – 8:23.14
  13. Mohamed Tindouft – 8:23.56
  14. Ahmed Abdelwahed – 8:24.34
  15. John Gay – 8:35.41

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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