Morocco's Soufiane el Bakkali wins Olympic 3000m steeplechase gold

Morocco's Soufiane el Bakkali wins Olympic 3000m steeplechase gold
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02 August, 2021
Soufiane el Bakkali wins Olympic 3000m steeplechase gold for Morocco
Soufiane el Bakkali won a gold medal [Getty]

Morocco's Soufiane el Bakkali won men's Olympic 3000m steeplechase gold on Monday, breaking a Kenyan stranglehold on the event dating back to 1984.

El Bakkali, a two-time world medallist, produced a well-timed last-lap sprint to clock 8min 08.90sec, with long-time leader Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia taking silver in 8:10.38.

Kenya's Benjamin Kigen claimed bronze in 8:11.45.