El Bakkali wins steeplechase, also gold for Barshim, Rojas, Kipyegon

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Morocco’s Soufiane el Bakkali on Monday won gold in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase at the athletics world championships, ending Kenya’s long success run in the event. Olympic champion el Bakkali won a tactical race in Eugene in 8 minutes 25.31 seconds, the slowest winning time in championship history, to add the gold to 2017 silver and 2019 bronze. He finished .88 of a second seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma, who had also won silver in Tokyo. Two-time defending champion Conseslus Kipruto had to settle for bronze 2.61 seconds back. Kenya had won the previous seven world titles in its pe…

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