Olympic Games: Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali finally in gold over 3000m steeplechase

Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali, Olympic champion in the 3000 meters steeplechase at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games. REUTERS - LUCY NICHOLSON

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Soufiane El Bakkali won the gold medal at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games on August 2, over 3000 meters steeplechase.

Running in 8 minutes, 8 seconds and 90 hundredths, the 25-year-old Moroccan beat Ethiopian Lamecha Girma and Kenyan Benjamin Kigen.

The 2017 vice-world champion thus took his revenge on East Africans who so often frustrated him.

He is the first Olympic champion of Morocco since Hicham El Guerrouj in 2004.


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