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Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali takes men’s 3000m steeplechase gold medal at the time of 8:08.90, in a dominating performance over Ethiopian Lamecha Girma who clocked an 8:10.40 performance. Finishing third was Kenyan Benjamin Kigen finishing in the time of 8:11.30.

Matthew Hughes, the Canadian record holder at 8:11.64, finished in sixth place the best ever result for a Canadian male in this event. He is also a two-time sixth-place finisher at the World Athletics Championships.

Surprisingly, Kenyan Abraham Kibiwott finished in 10th place and three seconds back of Hughes. He had won Heat 2 finishing a second ahead of Hughes to qualify for the final.

“I’m content with that … happy too. You look at the way my season started and, mentally and physically, I wasn’t in a great spot,” said Hughes. “Overall, I can’t be disappointed with that.”
 
Teammate John Gay gutted through the wet conditions in Tokyo to finish 15th in the final. “Every time I step up another level, I realize why it’s a step up in the first place. I think that was totally evident tonight,” said Gay. “I know it’s just another notch in the belt and something I can lean on in future years. We’ve got so many championships coming up in the next three years and I’m so grateful to have this opportunity.

El Bakkali is the first Moroccan Olympic gold medallist since Hicham El Gerrouj in 2004.

Final

RankNameCountryTime
1EL BAKKALI SoufianeMAR08:08.9
2GIRMA LamechaETH08:10.4
3KIGEN BenjaminKEN08:11.5
4WALE GetnetETH08:15.0
5HAILESELASSIE YemaneERI08:15.3
6HUGHES MatthewCAN08:16.0
7MIURA RyujiJPN08:16.9
8RAITANEN TopiFIN08:17.4
9ZOGHLAMI AlaITA08:18.5
10KIBIWOT AbrahamKEN08:19.4
11KETER BenardUSA08:22.1
12PHELUT AlexisFRA08:23.1
13TINDOUFT MohamedMAR08:23.6
14ABDELWAHED AhmedITA08:24.3
15GAY JohnCAN08:35.4

Heat One

RankNameCountryTimeQualified
1GIRMA LamechaETH8:09.83Q
2MIURA RyujiJPN8:09.92Q
3KIGEN BenjaminKEN8:10.80Q
4ZOGHLAMI AlaITA8:14.06Q
5TINDOUFT MohamedMAR8:15.91Q
6GAY JohnCAN8:16.99Q
7BEDRANI DjilaliFRA8:20.23
8FERLIC MasonUSA8:20.23
9CHEMUTAI AlbertUGA8:29.81
10JOHANSSON VidarSWE8:32.86
11BEBENDORF KarlGER8:33.27
12SAN MARTIN Carlos AndersCOL8:33.47
13NORMAN PhilGBR8:46.57
CARRO FernandoESPDNF
KOECH JohnBRNDNF

Heat Two

RankNameCountryTimeQualified
1KIBIWOT AbrahamKEN8:12.25Q
2WALE GetnetETH8:12.55Q
3ABDELWAHED AhmedITA8:12.71Q
4HUGHES MatthewCAN8:13.56Q
5HAILESELASSIE YemaneERI8:14.63Q
6KETER BenardUSA8:17.31Q
7SABLE Avinash MukundIND8:18.12
8MARTOS SebastianESP8:23.07
9AOKI RyomaJPN8:24.82
10BEN ZAHRA AbdelkarimMAR8:28.63
11TRIPPAS EdwardAUS8:29.90
12GILAVERT LouisFRA8:36.35
13BLOMBERG EmilSWE8:39.57
14SEDDON ZakGBR8:43.29
15BOUCHICHA HichemALG8:44.75

Heat Three

RankNameCountryTimeQualified
1EL BAKKALI SoufianeMAR8:19.00Q
2RAITANEN TopiFIN8:19.17Q
3PHELUT AlexisFRA8:19.36Q
4ZOGHLAMI OsamaITA8:19.51
5BETT Leonard KipkemoiKEN8:19.62
6BOR HillaryUSA8:19.80
7HESSELBJERG OleDEN8:24.08
8TAKELE Bikila TadeseETH8:24.69
9SILVA AltobeliBRA8:29.17
10SUNDSTROM SimonSWE8:29.84
11YAMAGUCHI KoseiJPN8:31.27
12ACRE DanielESP8:38.09
13CLARKE MatthewAUS8:42.37
BUCKINGHAM BenAUSDQ

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