Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad going for European record in Brussels

Published Add your comment

Controversial French steeplechaser Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad is targeting a European record when he runs at the final Diamond League meet of the year in Brussels on Friday.

Mekhissi-Benabbad, who was disqualified for taking his vest off on the home straight after winning the 3000m race's final at the European Championships, is aiming to become the first man from the continent to go below eight minutes.

The 29-year-old atoned for his error of judgement in Zurich by winning gold in the 1500m, but still wants to join an elite list at the top of steeplechasing history.

Tough challenge ahead

It won't be easy for the athlete, though, as only 10 men have ever broken the eight-minute barrier, with eight of those Kenyan.

The track in Brussels should benefit Mekhissi-Benabbad, however, as two of the sub-8 minute runs have been run in the Belgian capital.

Moroccan Brahim Boulami was the first to do so, clocking 7:55.28 in 2001, before Qatar's Saif Saeed Shaheen ran 7:53.63 in 2004.

10-year record unbeaten

The former Kenyan athlete Shaheen's run that day broke the world record, and has yet to be beaten, 10 years on.

If Mekhissi-Benabbad is to run below eight minutes, he will probably get close to doing just that.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Diamond League
Commonwealth Games

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again