Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali retains men’s 3000m steeplechase world title
Moroccan Olympic champion Soufiane El Bakkali won his second consecutive world championship title in the men’s 3,000 metres steeplechase at the World Athletics Championship held in Budapest.
El Bakkali romped to victory in 8:03.53, advancing comfortably world record holder Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia (8:05.44). Kenyan Abraham Kibiwot finished third clocking 8:11.98.
“After winning in Eugene last year, I am really proud that I am bringing home another gold,” El Bakkali told the press. “I had great preparations for these championships, but today’s field was very strong with athletes like Lamecha. I came ready and prepared and I believed I could win.”
The Moroccan athlete ran a smart race, staying slightly back from the lead and saving his energy. When Girma went to the lead with 5:45 showing on the clock, El Bakkali stayed close behind waiting for the right moment to strike.