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Conseslus Kipruto strikes gold for Kenya in steeplechase

Ethiopia's Getnet Wale (centre) and Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto (right) lead the field in the final of the men's 3,000m steeplechase at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 8, 2017. PHOTO | JEWEL SAMAD | AFP

Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto upheld Kenya’s dominance in the 3,000m steeplechase, handing Kenya its sixth consecutive World title at the London Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.

American Evan Jager took over the lead at the 2,000m mark in 5:35.66 minutes with Kipruto, defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi and Moroccan Souffiane Elbakkali in hot pursuit.

Jager, the Olympic 3,000m silver medallist, hit the bell in the lead at 7:11.50 but Kipruto stepped on his gas peddled to lead at home straight.

The Kenyan, who had won silver medals at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, had the luxury of teasing the field and waving to the packed arena before winning in 8:14.12. Elbakkali went for silver in 8:14.49 as Jager claimed bronze in 8:15.53.

Kemboi finished 11th in 8:29.38. It was Kipruto's second gold medal in a year after his exploits at the Rio Olympic Games.

It was also Kenya's 12th World steeplechase title.



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