Moroccan Bekkali adds a world title to the Olympics and ends Kenya’s dominance in the world championships in athletics.

Moroccan runner Sofiane Bekkali added a world title to the Olympics on Monday by winning gold in the 3,000m hurdles at the World Championships in Athletics, ending Kenya’s dominance in the course.

And after he did it at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, when he became the first non-Kenyan sprinter to win the title since 1980, 26-year-old El-Bakali once again confirmed that he is the “king” of the race. , ending 15 years of Kenyan dominance at the 18th World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, USA.

Al-Bakali, Olympic champion in Tokyo, finished the race in 8.25:13 ahead of his Ethiopian Olympic runner-up Lamesh Girma (8.26:01) and Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, reigning Doha champion. 2019 (8:27:92 d).

Al-Bakali has managed to achieve what he has failed in his last two tournaments when he won silver in London in 2017 and bronze in Doha in 2019.

This is Morocco’s first gold since the coronation of Jawad Gharib in the 2005 Helsinki Marathon and the eleventh in the history of his international participation.

It is also the third gold for the Arabs in the 3000m steeplechase since the coronation of Qatari Saif Saeed Shaheen in Paris in 2003 and Helsinki in 2005, and the first gold for Morocco in the course since Ali Al-Zein won silver in 2001 in Edmonton and bronze in 1999 in Edmonton. Ishbibia.

Source: AFP

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