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BRAZIL:// Conseslus Kipruto takes up steeplechase mantle in style

18 August 2016
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Conseslus Kipruto won the Gold medal in the 3000 steeple chase in Rio, locking the Kenyan dominated event home. Kipruto, whose intent to rule in the race has been obvious from his previous attempts started celebrating his victory well before the finish line.

"Even before the race I knew I would win," said Kipruto.

The reigning champion Ezekiel Kemboi finished third, only to be disqualified for stepping outside the demarcated area, announced his retirement. The elated Kipruto confirmed that he was ready to take up the mantle.

Kenya has taken gold in every 3,000m steeplechase race that the country has participated in since 1968.

Kipruto thanked Kemboi for being an inspiration over the years and vowed to ensure Kenya maintained its record in the race.

Conseslus Kipruto who was born in December 1994 commenced his climb in athletics in 2011 when he won the World Youth Championship title and the World Junior title the following year. His personal best is 8:00.12 minutes which he set at the Birmingham Diamond League event in 2016.

Kenya now has seven medals, four Gold and three silver.  



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