Moroccan athlete Soufiane El Bakali’s world title within the 3,000m steeplechase on the world championships held final July in Eugene, USA, was a spotlight of a half-figs-half-grapes 12 months for the nation’s athletics. , which, nonetheless, distinguished itself in numerous regional and worldwide competitions.
El Bakali, the Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion in Tokyo, broke Kenya’s dominance within the occasion and wrote his identify in golden letters among the many winners.
From the peak of his 26 years, Sufian El Bakali is undoubtedly the torchbearer of Moroccan athletics in recent times. He was additionally the one one to climb the rostrum on the World Championships in Eugene, similar to on the final Olympics in Tokyo, the place different disciplines weren’t acknowledged.
El Bakali’s victory in 8:25:13 noticed him finish a streak of seven consecutive world titles for Kenyans, the final two of which belong to Conselsus Kipruta. Ethiopian Lamecha Girma (8:26:01) took silver, and Kipruta (8:27:92) completed on the third step of the rostrum.
It was the primary time since 1991 that Kenya missed the primary two phases. It was additionally Morocco’s first gold medal on the World Athletics Championships since Joouad Gharib’s marathon crown at Helsinki 2005.
El Bakali can also be the one Moroccan to succeed in the rostrum on the World Championships in London in 2017 (silver), then in Doha in 2019 (bronze).
Alternatively, the opposite athletes who participated within the Eugène competitors did not shine as a result of their lack of expertise and likewise due to the excessive stage of athletes concerned.
Final June in Rabat, El-Bakkali managed to win the summit conflict on the identical distance in opposition to his Ethiopian rival Girma through the Mohammed VI Worldwide Athletics Assembly, the 4th stage of the Diamond League, which returned after a two-year absence as a result of COVID- 19.
The icing on the cake, the Moroccan Olympic and World Champion clocked a season’s World Finest Efficiency (MPM) of seven minutes 58 seconds 28/100, throughout this stage underneath the Excessive Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
El Bakali hit two birds with one stone, breaking the assembly document held by Kenyan Kansesulo Kipruta (8:02.77). This chron has been resisting since Might 22, 2016.
And to finish a profitable season on a excessive observe, Sufiyan El Bakali, undefeated in 2022, has been named within the high 5 of the ultimate listing of athletes chosen for the 2022 World Athletics Awards.
As such, he received the 3000m steeplechase last on the Zurich, Switzerland Diamond League meet, confirming his hegemony within the competitors forward of Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale and Kenya’s Abraham Kibiwot. In the course of the V Video games of Islamic Solidarity, which befell from August 9 to 18 in Konya, Turkey, Moroccan athletes this time managed to shine, amassing 14 medals (4 gold, 3 silver and seven bronze).
Abderafia Boissel within the 3000m steeplechase, Noura Enadi within the 400m hurdles, Abdelatif Sadiki within the 1500m and the boys’s 4×400m relay received the dear metallic.
On the nineteenth Mediterranean Video games (Oran 2022), which befell from June 25 to July 5, the nationwide athletics workforce, primarily composed of younger abilities, received two gold medals, due to Mohchina Utalia (half marathon) and Sufiyan Bukantar (5000 m).
To this should be added the bronze medal received by Salaheddin Ben Yazid within the 3000m steeplechase, considering the participation within the World Beneath-20 Championships in Cali, Colombia (August 1-6), in addition to a greater than honorable participation within the twenty second African Championships in Mauritius (June 8-12, 2022), marked the Kingdom’s sixteenth place within the medal desk. Moroccan athletes received 1 gold, 2 silver and three bronze medals.
On the nationwide stage, Ethiopian athlete Bonsa Dida and Moroccan Fatima Ezahra Gardadia received the thirty second Worldwide Marathon in Marrakesh on 15 Might.
Bonsa Dida was forward of Moroccan Samir Jouaher and Ethiopian Endeshav Negese Shumi.
The ladies’s marathon was dominated by Moroccan athletes who took the primary three locations.
For its half, the Casablanca Worldwide Marathon can also be again after a pause attributable to the pandemic. Moroccan athlete Samir Jauher received the queen of the thirteenth marathon on October 30, adopted by his compatriots Mustafa Hedadi and Omar Chitachen.
Among the many girls, Kenyan Jane Mora Kuizad received, beating Moroccan Keltum Bouasria and Kenyan Chelangate Sang.
In any case, the younger Moroccan athletes who participated within the numerous nationwide and worldwide competitions held this 12 months gained extra expertise and have been in a position to compete with the very best athletes on the planet in reference to the subsequent occasions, led by the World Championships in Budapest in 2023 and the Olympic Video games , scheduled for 2024 in Paris.