Kenya fails to shield steeplechase gold for first time at Olympics

0 0
News

Monday August 02 2021

El-Bakkali

Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali (excellent) and Finland’s Topi Raitanen (left) compete in the boys’s 3000m steeplechase heats in some unspecified time in the future of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 30, 2021. AFP PHOTO

By ELIAS MAKORI

More by this Writer

Summary

  • Moroccan Soufiane  El Bakkali Monday broke Kenya’s dominance in the three,000 metres steeplechase stride on the Olympic Video games.
  • El Bakkali timed his urge brilliantly on the closing hurdle to lunge past Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma as Kenya’s Benjamin Kigen settled third for bronze.
  • The Moroccan clocked 8: 08.90, Girma became once second in 8: 10.38 while Kigen returned 8: 11.50 to advise bronze.

Moroccan Soufiane  El Bakkali Monday broke Kenya’s dominance in the three,000 metres steeplechase stride on the Olympic Video games.

El Bakkali timed his urge brilliantly on the closing hurdle to lunge past Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma as Kenya’s Benjamin Kigen settled third for bronze.

The Moroccan clocked 8: 08.90, Girma became once second in 8: 10.38 while Kigen returned 8: 11.50 to advise bronze.

Since Amos Biwott’s exploits at Mexico 1968, Kenya had never did now not shield gold in the Olympic Video games men’s steeplechase closing.

The boys’s steeplechase roll of honour reads love this: Amos Biwott (1968, Mexico), Kipchoge Keino (1972, Munich), 1976 (Montreal, Kenya boycotted), 1980 (Moscow, Kenya boycotted), Julius Korir (1984, Los Angeles), Julius Kariuki (1988, Seoul), Mathew Birir (1992, Barcelona), Joseph Keter (1996, Atlanta), Reuben Kosgei (2000, Sydney), Ezekiel Kemboi (2004, Athens), Brimin Kipruto (2008, Beijing), Ezekiel Kemboi (2012, London) and Conseslus Kipruto (2016, Rio de Janeiro).

Nonetheless on Monday, Kenya’s duo of Abraham Kibiwott and Kigen did now not answer when Ethiopia’s Girma and Getnet Wale to boot to El Bakkali hit the entrance on the bell.

It became once indifferent someone’s stride on the closing water soar where Wale fell on the moist observe leaving Kigen, Girma and El Bakkali assured of no less than a medal.

The lanky El Bakkali tactfully peeled away from Girma to change into the first Moroccan to shield steeplechase gold at a essential athletics championship as the Ethiopian held on for silver.

Kigen finished third at hand Kenya a consolation on a night where what’s form of thought to be a ‘birthright’ became once snatched from them.

0 0
1271 posts 0 comments
You might also like More from author
Leave A Reply