Conseslus Kipruto (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Conseslus
Kipruto upstaged his more illustrious compatriot Ezekiel Kemboi in the
3000m steeplechase to take gold at the Rio Games.
There was no Kenyan clean sweep, though, as two-time champion Kemboi
had to settle for bronze with American Evan Jager claiming an impressive
The 21-year-old Conseslus has dominated the event on the IAAF Diamond
League circuit this year and he took that form into the race as he hit
the front very early on.
However, Jager took over at the front after a couple of laps with
Conseslus and Kemboi keeping up with him, while the third Kenyan Brimin
Kipruto, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, fell away with the rest
of the pack.
With two laps to go, the medals were already decided, but it was a case of who would blink first.
Conseslus moved up a gear on the final lap and accelerated away from
the other two. Kemboi initially tried to go with his compatriot, but he
failed to match him and was eventually overtaken by Jager.
Conseslus started to celebrate with about 50m to go and he crossed
the finish line in a new Olympic record time of 8:03.28 with Jager
taking America's first medal in the event since 1984 and Kemboi picking
up the bronze medal.