Shoeless Conseslus Kipruto gets last grasp win in Zurich

Some people doubted that Conseslus Kipruto was the best steeplechaser on the planet when he lost a Diamond League race to Evan Jager and Souffiane el Bakkali about a month ago. But after his epic performance in Zurich, Kipruto has now underlined his status as the best. Not satisified with being world and Olympic champion, Kipruto ran a race for the ages. At the 2018 Zurich Weltklasse Diamond league meet, Kipruto ran almost the entire race with one shoe.

El Bakkali had a significant lead with 200m to go. Then Kipruto begun to surge. At the last barrier, the Moroccan still led. Kipruto had to dig deep. He fought tooth and nail and passed El Bakkalli in the last 10 metres. With the win also came the Diamond League title for 2018 and a $50,000 bonus.

“I have big pain. I am injured because I lost my left shoe. That was a mess. But it motivated me to fight as hard as I could. So the race went well.” said Kipruto after the race.

Race Video

 

Race Results

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 Conseslus Kipruto  KEN 8:10.15
2 Soufiane Elbakkali  MAR 8:10.19
3 Evan Jager  USA 8:13.22
4 Chala Beyo  ETH 8:15.85
5 Nicholas Kiptonui Bett  KEN 8:19.74
6 Abraham Kibiwott  KEN 8:23.60
7 Hillary Bor  USA 8:26.04
8 Leonard Kipkemoi Bett  KEN 8:27.18
9 Benjamin Kigen  KEN 8:27.33
10 Kennedy Njiru  KEN 8:28.68
11 Matthew Hughes  CAN 8:36.69
12 Amos Kirui  KEN 8:38.96
  Lawrence Kemboi Kipsang  KEN DNF
  Mounaime Sassioui  MAR DNF
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