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Morocco’s King congratulates Soufiane El Bakkali for winning 3,000m steeplechase world title


King Mohammed VI of Morocco sent a congratulatory message to world champion athlete Soufiane El Bakkali, in recognition of his outstanding achievement at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

El Bakkali secured the gold medal in the 3000-meter steeplechase, marking his second consecutive world title win.

In a message, King Mohammed VI praised Soufiane El Bakkali’s exceptional performance. The victory not only highlights the athlete's remarkable skills but also his contribution to solidifying Morocco’s standing on the global athletic stage.

“In this message, King Mohammed VI extends his warmest congratulations to the world champion, Sifan El Bakkali, commending his exceptional performance that has clinched this prestigious world title for Moroccan sports for the second consecutive time,” read the official statement.

“We highly appreciate the relentless and unwavering efforts you have put forth, coupled with your unwavering determination and strong national pride, as you represent your country with the utmost distinction on the global stage,” the king's message emphasized.

“As we renew our congratulations, accompanied by our profound sense of pride in your exemplary representation of our beloved nation, we wish you continued success and prosperity, with our unwavering support and approval!”


El Bakkali, dedicated his win to King Mohammed VI. El Bakkali, the reigning Olympic champion, achieved this remarkable feat with a time of 8 minutes 03 seconds 53 milliseconds, outpacing Ethiopian athlete Lamecha Girma, who recorded a time of 08 minutes 05 seconds 44 milliseconds.

In a post-race interview with Arryadia, El Bakkali said:

“I'm very pleased to have secured this world title for the second consecutive time. I would like to dedicate this gold medal, coinciding with Morocco's Youth Day celebration, to His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may he be blessed by God.”

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