Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto won the men’s 3,000m steeplechase gold medal in Rio with an Olympic record time. The 21-year-old finished in eight minutes 3.28 seconds to edge American Evan Jager into silver.
Defending champion Ezekiel Kemboi, 34, crossed in third but was disqualified for stepping outside of the track, meaning France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad took bronze.
Kenya has won every men’s steeplechase gold since the 1984 Los Angeles Games.The previous Olympic record of 8:05.51, set by another Kenyan Julius Kariuki, had stood for 28 years.
Conseslus, 21, had long been touted as the heir to Kenya’s steeplechase crown and made good on those predictions with a blistering final lap sprint that carried him to gold in an Olympic best time of eight minutes 3.28 seconds.
A winner of two world championship silver medals, Kipruto was so far ahead of his rivals that he started celebrating and waving to the crowd when he entered the final straight.