NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – Olympic Champion Conseslus Kipruto stormed to victory in the men’s 3000m steeplechase to get third gold for his country at the IAAF London World Championships on a day Kenya conducted its General Elections on Tuesday.
Kipruto, who claimed gold in 8:14.12, kicked with 300 metres remaining and held on to see off the threat posed by Morocco’s Soufiane Elbakkali, who also surged past Jager coming into the final straight.
Elbakkali took silver 0.37sec apart in 8:14.48 while Jager took bronze in 8:15.53.
The win ensured Kenya continues their dominance over the water and barrier event to six consecutive editions with veteran Ezekiel Kemboi winning the last four from 2007 -2015.
Kemboi, who was looking for his fifth title, finished 11th in 8:29.38 a position ahead of Jairus Birech who timed 8:32.90.
“I used my plans well and last night for morale I told myself: ‘I am Olympic champion and that others must break me’,” explained the winner. “There are others who are strong, but I knew if the race was around 8:10 that I was going to win,” Kipruto said.
A silver medalist in Beijing two years ago, Kipruto took the lead with less than 300 meters to go and was celebrating well before crossing the finish line.