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• 21-year-old Kipruto defeats Jager and Kemboi to win 3000m steeplechse Olympic gold

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The 21-year-old Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto won the men's 3000m steeplechase final on midday in Rio Olympics.

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. 

Men's 3000m Steeple Final Results

POS

ATHLETE

COUNTRY

MARK

1 Conseslus KIPRUTO KENKEN 8:03.28 OR
2 Evan JAGER USAUSA 8:04.28 SB
3 Ezekiel KEMBOI KENKEN 8:08.47 SB
4 Mahiedine MEKHISSI FRAFRA 8:11.52 SB
5 Soufiane ELBAKKALI MARMAR 8:14.35 PB
6 Yoann KOWAL FRAFRA 8:16.75 SB
7 Brimin Kiprop KIPRUTO KENKEN 8:18.79 SB
8 Hillary BOR USAUSA 8:22.74 PB
9 Donald CABRAL USAUSA 8:25.81
10 Altobeli DA SILVA BRABRA 8:26.30 PB
11 Matthew HUGHES CANCAN 8:36.83
12 Yemane HAILESELASSIE ERIERI 8:40.68
Amor BEN YAHIA TUNTUN DQ R 163.3b
Jacob ARAPTANY UGAUGA DNF
Hamid EZZINE MARMAR DNF


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