Defending champion Conseslus Kipruto retains title in Doha in an incredible finish 

Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya, gold, and Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia, silver, cross the finish line in the Men’s 3000 metres Steeplechase final. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By Mkarimu Media

Defending champion Conseslus Kipruto retained his title Friday night after winning 3000 metres steeplechase Gold medal in the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Kipruto won the event in 8 minutes and 01.35 seconds beating Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma in a photo-finish as nothing separated the two as they approached the finish line.

Girma finished second in 8 minutes and 01.36 seconds to take silver medal while 2014 African champion Soufiane El Bakkali from Morocco timed 8 minutes and 03.76 seconds to take the bronze medal.

Speaking after the event Kipruto said he was determined to win the race.

“I was praying, ‘Let me be faster than him,’” he said. “I waited. I prayed. I saw the screen and saw it said ‘Conseslus.’ It was my name. I was definitely happy.”

“The Ethiopians really pushed hard because they knew I was kicking,” Kipruto said. “They had their plans before we started the race and I had plans for us Kenyans to push hard.”

“For me in championships I always believe experience matters a lot, it is not about shape.
“Steeplechase is normally a Kenyan event it belongs to Kenyans but nowadays there are competitors from around the world.”

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The finish was the closest in steeplechase history at the World Championships.

Meanwhile, World Champion Faith Kipyegon and Winny Chebet will take part in the 1500 metres finals Saurday evening while World Champion Hellen Obiri, Lilian Kasait and Margaret Chelimo will take to the field in the 5000 metres finals tonight (Saturday).

Former World Javelin Champion Julius Yego will begin his quest to reclaim his title this afternoon in Doha, Qatar and will face stiff competition from defending champion Johanes Veter and Andreas Hofmann both from Germany.

Kenya currently lies third in the medal table behind the United States and China with 9 medals, 3 Gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Source: News Agencies