Kipyegon and El Bakkali on another planet

Kenyan Faith Kipyegon, world record holder in the 1500m, won a third title as world champion of the event in Budapest. For his part, the Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali was crowned for the second time in the 3000 m steeplechase.


The 29-year-old double Olympic champion won in 3'54"87 ahead of the Ethiopian Diribe Welteji (+0"82) and the Dutch Sifan Hassan (+1"13). The Kenyan, who this year broke the world records for the 1,500 m (3:49.11 in Florence on June 2), the 5,000 m (14:05.20 in Paris on June 9) and the mile (about 1,616 m, 4:07.64 in Monaco on July 21), reigns unchallenged over the world middle distance. She will be aiming for a double in Budapest, where she is also competing in the 5,000m.

At 21, Welteji confirms her great talent with a first international medal, after taking 4th place in the world in the 800m last year in Eugene (United States). Hassan makes it do with bronze after the cruel end of the 10,000m race on Saturday where she fell a few meters from the finish line, while she was fighting for the title. The Dutch will also line up in the 5,000m.

The Moroccan Soufiane El Bakkali, already Olympic champion and world champion, has added a new title to his list. He won the 3,000m steeplechase in 8'03''53, ahead of the Ethiopian Lamecha Girma, 8'05''44 and the Kenyan Abraham Kibiwot. At the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Soufiane El Bakkali wins again! Already Olympic champion and world champion, the Moroccan adds a new title to his list. He won the 3,000 m steeplechase ahead of the Ethiopian Lamecha Girma and the Kenyan Abraham Kibiwot 8'11''98.

During this fourth day, the Nigerian Tobi Amusan (100 m Hurdles) and the South African Van Niekerk (400 m) won their visa for the finals of these events.

Africa scores 5 Gold, 5 Silver, 3 Bronze at the end of this day.


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