Kipruto maintains Kenya's win in 3000m steeplechase in Rio, Kemboi take bronze


17 Aug 2016 | by
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Kipruto maintains Kenya's win in 3000m steeplechase in Rio, Kemboi take bronze

Conseslus Kipruto took his turn to win Kenya’s Olympic gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase, winning in a games record time to continue the country’s incredible streak.

The two-time world championship silver medalist took the early lead and then settled behind American Evan Jager, timing his run until surging back into the lead as the bell sounded and finishing in 8 minutes, 03.28 seconds. 

He started his celebrations as soon as he’d cleared the last barrier, looking to the crowd and waving his arms around for the last 50 meters of the race. Kenya has won the event at every Olympics dating back to 1984.

Jager split the Kenyans on the podium, overhauling two-time Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi on the last straight to take silver in 8:04.28. The 34-year-old Kemboi, who won the Olympic titles in 2004 and 2012 and has won the last four world titles, settled for bronze.

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