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Moroccan athlete and Olympic champion, Sofiane El Bakkali, won the Cape Keno Classic in Nairobi, Kenya.

Born in Fez, Bekkali competed in the 3000m hurdles, finishing first with a time of 8 minutes 21 seconds and 20 percent.

Al-Baqali is a specialist in the 3000m hurdles, and the 25-year-old has impressed local runners, beating top Kenyan competitors and their tracks.

During the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, El-Baqali outperformed a prestigious Kenyan Olympic team, making him the first non-Kenyan athlete since 1980 to win an Olympic gold medal in the 3000m hurdles.

On ending Kenya’s dominance, which lasted nine consecutive rounds, El-Baqali told AFP, “I have been trying to achieve this for years to show that Morocco is capable of winning the title against the Kenyans (…) I tried several times to compare myself to Kenyans and Ethiopians to see if I am able to achieve this.” Gold, and here I am.

It seems that winning the gold medal in Tokyo motivated the Moroccan athlete to achieve more success.

And the hero pledged that his results achieved in Tokyo would be just the beginning, and that “his career and performance will not stop.”

Al-Baqali (25 years old) was fourth in the 2016 Rio Olympics, before winning silver in the World Cup in London 2017 and bronze in 2019 in Qatar.


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