Kipruto won the Olympic gold in a new Olympic record of 8:03.28 beating American Evan Jager into second and defending champion the 34-year-old Ezekiel Kemboi in third.
Four years ago Kipruto won the world youth championships in Kiev. In 2013 at age of 18 Kipruto won world junior title and finished in second behind Kemboi at the World championships in Moscow. Last year he again was beaten into second by his countryman Kemboi at the Beijing world championships, while today in Rio the 21-year-old prevailed in the biggest sporting event on the planet.
Kenyans have dominated the 3000m steeplechase since 1984 Olympic games, while Jager became first American to win a medal in the event since Brian Diemer claimed bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles games.
|7||Brimin Kiprop KIPRUTO||KEN||8:18.79||SB|
|10||Altobeli DA SILVA||BRA||8:26.30||PB|
|Amor BEN YAHIA||TUN||DQ R 163.3b|
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