Meeting Mohammed VI: El Bakkali still dominates the 3000m steeplechase


World and Olympic champion Soufiane El Bakkali once again dominated the 3,000 m steeplechase race at the Mohammed VI International Athletics Meeting, 4th stage of the Diamond League, which took place on Sunday at the Grand Stade de Marrakech.

The favorite of the Moroccan public was the fastest in the race, achieving a time of 8 min 09 sec 40, his best performance of the season. He dominated the Ethiopian Getnet Wale (8 min 09 sec 78) and the Kenyan Amos Serem (8 min 10 sec 82).

Below are the rest of the results from the 2024 edition of this major sporting event:

Jamaican Rushell Clayton wins 400m hurdles

The Jamaican Rushell Clayton, bronze medalist at the Budapest 2023 World Championships, won the 400m hurdles in 53 sec 98. She beat her compatriot Shiann Salmon (54 sec 27) and the Ukrainian Anna Ryzhykova (55 sec 09) , who both achieved the best personal performance of the season. On the other hand, the Moroccan Noura Ennadi arrived penultimate with a time of 56 sec 15.

Meeting record for American Chase Jackson in shot put

American Chase Jackson won the women’s shot put event. The double world champion threw the shot at 20m00 on her second try, the new meeting record. The German Yemisi Ogunleye came second (19m40) followed by the Canadian Sarah Mitton (19m36).

Kenyan Emmanuel Wanyonyi wins the men’s 800m

Kenyan athlete Emmanuel Wanyonyi, silver medalist at the Budapest 2023 World Championships, won the 800 meters, completing the race in 1 min 43 sec 84, ahead of his compatriot Wyclife Kinyamal who finished in 1 min 43 sec 98 In third position, we find the Frenchman Yanis Meziane (1 min 44 sec 13), while the Moroccan Abdelati El Guesse came in 8th place (1 min 45 sec 70).

Serbian Angelina Topic victorious in high jump

Serbian Angelina Topic rose to 1.98 m, achieving her best performance of the season and a national record. She triumphed against the German Christina Honsel and the Slovenian Lia Apostolovski, both with a best attempt of 1.91 m.

Ethiopian Medina Eissa wins the 5000m

Ethiopian athlete Medina Eissa, winner of the Accra 2024 African Games, won the 5000m race, winning with a time of 14min34sec16. She beat her compatriot Fotyen Tesfay (14min 34sec 21) and Kenyan Edinah Jebitok (14min 35 sec 64).

The men’s 400m for the Belgian Alexander Doom

The Belgian Alexander Doom, reigning indoor world champion in Glasgow, won in 44 sec 51 over 400 m, a personal best. He narrowly beat the Zambian Muzala Samukonga (44 sec 54) and the Botswanan Bayapo Ndori (44 sec 59).

Victory for Frenchman Azeddine Habz in the 1500m

Frenchman Azeddine Habz won the 1500m event in 3 min 32 sec 86, signing his best performance of the season. Two British athletes complete the podium. They are George Mills (3 min 33 sec 47) and Elliot Giles (3 min 33 sec 50).

Jamaican Shericka Jackson no surprises in 200m

Jamaican Shericka Jackson, double world champion and double Diamond League champion, unsurprisingly won the 200m in 22 sec 82, her best personal performance of the season. The second position was obtained by the Ivorian Maboundou Koné (22 sec 96) while the Frenchwoman Helene Parisot completed the podium with a time of 23 sec 02).

Cuban Lazaro Martinez breaks meeting record in Triple Jump

2023 world vice-champion in Budapest, Cuban Lazaro Martinez set the meeting record in 17.10 m. He defeated the Olympic champion, the Portuguese Pedro Pichardo, whose best jump of 16.92 m earned him second position. The Brazilian Almir dos Santos arrived, third with a best jump of 16.90 m.

Swiss Angelica Moser dominates pole vault

Achieving her best personal performance of the season, Switzerland’s Angelica Moser dominated the pole vault competition, clearing 4.73 m. She won against the two Italians Roberta Bruni (4.65 m) and Elisa Molinarolo (4.55 m).

Cameroonian Emmanuel Eseme creates a sensation in the 100m

The Cameroonian Emmanuel Eseme, winner at the Accra 2024 African Games, won on the straight with a time of 10 sec 11, ahead of the Canadian Andre De Grasse (10 sec 19), champion of the last Diamond League. Briton Jeremiah Azu completed the podium with a time of 10 sec 25.

Triumph of Lithuanian Mykolas Alekna in discus throw

Lithuanian Mykolas Alekna, world record holder in the discus throw, won the men’s discus throw competition. Author of a throw of 70.70 m, he surpassed the Australian Matthew Denny (67.74 m) and the Swede Daniel Stahl (67.49 m).

The South African Prudence Sekgodiso wins the women’s 800m

Prudence Sekgodiso won the 800m race and signed the best world performance of the year. Author of a time of 1min 57sec 26, her best time this season, the South African was ahead of Habitam Alemu (1min 57sec 70) and the Beninese Noélie Yarigo (1min 59sec 96). Moroccans Assia Raziki (2min 01sec 42) and Soukaina Hajji (2min 03sec 05) occupied 8th and 9th places respectively.

The Mohammed VI International Meeting saw the participation of an elite of Olympic and world champions, from more than 46 countries and representing the five continents.

By organizing the 4th stage of the Diamond League, Morocco has the honor of hosting this competition considered the most prestigious in this sport after the Olympic Games and the World Championships. The Mohammed VI International Meeting is part of the restricted circle of 15 meetings of the Diamond League, organized annually by World Athletics since 2010.

It should be noted that the Mohammed VI International Meeting is the only stage of the Diamond League competitions to take place on African soil.

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