Kenya has a new 3000m steeplechase champion, Consenslus Kipruto

He outpaced Ezekiel Kemboi to win gold

Consenslus Kipruto and Ezekiel Kemboi during the Rio 3,000m steeplechase finals. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

World silver medallist Consenslus Kipruto on Wednesday, August 17, disappointed two-time Olympic Ezekiel Kemboi to win the 3,000m steeplechase gold at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

According to the Daily Nation, Kipruto shot his way to a new Olympic record of 8:03.28 to win Kenya its fourth gold medal of the Games while USA’s rising steeplechaser Evan Jager outpaced Kemboi on the homestretch to bag silver in 8:04.28.

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Kemboi won bronze in what pundits say will most likely be his last Olympics after clocking 8:08.47.

Earlier on, Faith Kipyegon, beat world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia in women’s 1,500 metres to bag Kenya’s first gold medal of the day.

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The win by Kipyego pushed Kenya upwards on the 2016 Rio Olympics leader board to the 16th position with a total of six medals.

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Kenya’s other gold medals were won by David Rudisha and Jemima Sumgong in the men’s 800m and women’s marathon, respectively.

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Via Daily Nation