Kipruto Secures Records In Steeplechase
Brimin Kipruto moved with 10 meters to go, overtaking Gilbert Kirui to win the 3000m steeplechase in a new meet and stadium record of 8:06.86.
“I’m feeling OK and my body is running well,” said the quiet Kenyan, who won’t be competing in Moscow.
Sitting in second for nearly the entire second half of the race, Kipruto watched while Jairus Birech worked hard in the lead. With less than a lap remaining, Kirui surged in hopes of taking the kick out of Kipruto, but it was to no avail, only spurring on the 2008 Olympic champion.
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Kipruto waited until the final possible moment to match Kirui, coming up on his shoulder to the crowd’s approval with less than 20 meters to go. Passing in an instant, the win was Kipruto’s.
“I am in good form. I broke a stadium record from my compatriot from last year [Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi] and I also beat the time that my coach set so I am very happy. It’s great to win,” said Kipruto.
American De’Sean Turner finished sixth in 8:31.25, a performance the Indiana University alum wasn’t too happy with.
“I need to rest up,” said Turner, visibly saddened. “My hurdling was awful, I think that’s because I was so tired during the race. I just need to rest up and get my legs underneath me.”
The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games was the eleventh stop of the 2013 IAAF Diamond League circuit. The Diamond League now goes on hiatus until Aug. 22, when the series resumes in Stockholm after the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.