Barshim and Al Bakali save the face of the mother of the Arab Games in Eugene World Cup

Qatari champions Moataz Barshim and Moroccan Sofiane El Bakali saved the face of the mother of the Arab Games at the 18th World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, USA.

As expected, Barshim and Al-Bakali awarded the Arabs with the precious metal in the first American edition in World Championship history when they retained their high jump title for the first time in a row for the third time in a row, a historic achievement in the competition. , and the second added to the Olympic world title in the 3000 m steeplechase.

Algerian runner Jamal Sajjati won silver in the 800m on the eve of the end of the championship to repeat the result of the second draw in 1987 in Rome, when Somali Abdi Bell won gold in the 1500m, Moroccan Said Aouita won gold. in the 5000 m and silver in the marathon from Djiboutian Ahmed Salah.

Arab yields have soared over the history of the tournament to 79 medals, including 32 golds, 24 silvers and 23 bronzes, but this time it was far from the peak of Arab brilliance in a world wedding, as was the case in Helsinki in 2005 with four golds and two silvers, then the 2003 version in Paris with four golds and one silver, and the 1995 Gothenburg version with three golds, silvers and two bronzes.

Barshim and Al-Bakali were disappointed in Ehab Abdel Rahman, the only Egyptian to be crowned at the World Championships in the silver javelin throw in Beijing in 2015. After scoring in the first round with a throw of 83.41m, he finished third in his group. , and in the final threw only 75.99 m, failing to continue the competition between the top eight.

The Bahraini runner-up Arab at the World Championships (13 medals, including 7 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes) became frustrated in her role and disappointed her up-and-coming star Winfried Motili Yaffe, who gave up in the final 3000m of the run from obstacles.

She was the leader, winning at least a medal, if not gold, thanks to her best time in the race this year, but fell short in the final meters.

Tunisian Marva Busiani was no better than her and finished ninth.

Source: AFP

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