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3000 metres steeplechase men European Championships

Who wins 3000 metres steeplechase men at the European Athletics Championships 2018?

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French Duo Gunning for Medals at the 3000 M S’chase Race – European Athletics Championship

The European Athletics Championship is on the schedule for the next month as we will see more than 4500 athletes from 52 nations competing for the ultimate prize of winning the gold medals. One race that traditionally has been one of the main features of this continental tournament is the 3000 m steeplechase contest. On that note, it is important to take a look at some of the favourites for winning the gold medal.

Well, the first name that comes to mind regarding the 3000 m steeplechase race is Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad. The French athlete is probably the most well known European that is part of the 3000 m steeplechase races during every major event. He will be heading into the European Athletics Championship with the ultimate goal of winning the as more medals as possible. The middle-distance runner is not a stranger to winning tournaments as he has some medals under his belt from previous competitions. He will be defending his title at this race as he was the winner at the European Championship in Amsterdam in 2016 with a score of 8:25.63. His steady progress continued at the Rio Olympics where he runs the race in 8:11. 52. This resulted with a 3rd place finish and a solid bronze medal. In 2017 the French runner took part at the World Championships in London where he ran the 300 m steeplechase race in 8:15.80. Unfortunately, he narrowly missed a medal as his time was good enough for the 4th spot at the race.

However, it seems that Mekhissi is determined to improve and has stepped up his preparations for the European Athletics Championship in Berlin where he will take part in several different contests. His latest appearance was at the DecaNation competition in France. He ran the 2000 meters race in a dominant way as he finished 1st with a score of 5:22.85. This tournament was a good preparation for the French athlete and will surely increase his confidence levels heading into the European Athletics Championship.

Another French athlete that is possibly the dark horse in this race is Yoann Kowal. The 31 years old runner had a notable result at the European Championship in Amsterdam where he finished 3rd. During the 2016 Rio Olympics, he was able to run the 3000 meters chase in 8:16.75 which is his personal record as well. However, he fell short of winning a medal as that result was enough only for the 5th spot. It will be interesting to see how the veteran runner will fare against his compatriot Mekhissi in the 300 m chase race at the European Championship as this might be one of his last tournaments.

All in all, we can expect that these two French athletes to challenge for the medals at this unique contests. Based on their previous records and results we can surely expect a very competitive and lively 300 metres s’chase race at the European Athletics Championship.