Former Eastern Kentucky University track star Soufiane Bouchikhi will represent his native Belgium in the 5,000 meters at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London next month.
Bouchikhi qualified for the World Championships by running a personal-best time of 13:22.1 at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Belgium on Saturday.
He is one of 15 Belgian athletes who will compete at the World Championships from August 4-13 at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Bouchikhi – native of Antwerp, Belgium – is the second Colonel to qualify for the 2017 World Championships, joining his former teammate Ole Hesselbjerg, a 2016 Olympian who will represent Denmark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Bouchikhi graduated from Eastern in the spring of 2014 with a degree in Applied Engineering Management and Technology. From 2010-14, he was one of the most consistently dominant runners ever to don the Maroon and White. He was a six-time All-American, a four-time OVC cross country champion, a 13-time OVC track gold medalist and he still owns three EKU track records (indoor mile, indoor 3,000 meters and indoor 5,000 meters).
Bouchikhi opened the 2017 season by nearly beating British legend Mo Farah in a cross country race in Scotland back in January. He said after that race that it was his goal to make it to the World Championships this summer.
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