Conseslus Kipruto destroys the field.
New sensation Conseslus Kipruto has been in superb form in 2016. After living in the shadows of Ezekiel Kemboi, Jairus Birech and Brimin Kipruto, the young Conseslus has made the 3000m steepchase his domain this season. Today in Rome, he won with a superb time of 8:01.41, finishing about 60 metres ahead of the rest of the field. It was his fastest time of the year and his third win of the season having won by clocking 8:05.13 in Doha, and 8:02.77 in Rabat. His hurdling style appears completely inneficient compared to masters like Kemboi, but that does not seem to be an impediment to Kipruto this season
1 Kipruto , Conseslus KEN 8:01.41 10 2 Birech , Jairus Kipchoge KEN 8:11.39 6 3 Koech , Paul Kipsiele KEN 8:14.46 4 4 Kowal , Yoann FRA 8:17.83 3 5 Kebenei , Stanley Kipkoech USA 8:18.52 2 6 Yego , Hillary Kipsang KEN 8:19.01 1 7 Zalewski , Krystian POL 8:19.91 8 Tabti , Bilal ALG 8:20.26 9 Leslie , Cory USA 8:20.43 10 Tolosa , Jiksa ETH 8:21.33 11 Kemboi , Ezekiel KEN 8:24.26 12 Koech , John Kibet BRN 8:24.81 13 Kipsang , Lawrence Kemboi KEN 8:26.06 14 Kipruto , Brimin Kiprop KEN 8:29.54 15 Milne , Taylor CAN 8:30.04
Ezekiel Kemboi finished 11th and could be nearing the end of his career. On the other hand, Paul Kipsiele Koech continues to show amazing consistency. This is his 14th season as a professional runner and he continues to feature among the top 5 steeplechasers in the world. He finished 3rd in this race.
Manangoi in first Diamond League win
Another new sensation Elijah Manangoi scored his first ever win the Diamond League on Friday June 3. It happened at the Rome Golden gala meet. Manangoi who won a silver medal behind Asbel Kiprop at the 2015 world championship, was favoured in this race given the absence of Asbel Kiprop. Manangoi did not dissapoint. He took the lead once the rabbots dropped out of the race and never relinquished his lead. Ryan Gregson of Australia challenged Manangoi at the final bend but the latter had too much petrol left in the tank. He won in 3:33.96. Compatriot Robert Biwott passed Gregson at the finish line to finish second in 3:34.21. Silas Kiplagat was fourth.
1 Manangoi , Elijah Motonei KEN 3:33.96 10 2 Biwott , Robert Kiptoo KEN 3:34.21 6 3 Gregson , Ryan AUS 3:34.27 4 4 Kiplagat , Silas KEN 3:34.49 3 5 Wote , Aman ETH 3:35.10 2 6 Birgen , Bethwell KEN 3:35.36 1 7 O'Hare , Chris GBR 3:35.37 8 Carvalho , Florian FRA 3:35.39 9 Tesfaye , Homiyu GER 3:35.44 10 Amdouni , Morhad FRA 3:35.58 11 Philibert-Thiboutot , Charles CAN 3:36.00 12 Ingebrigtsen , Henrik NOR 3:36.07 13 Wolde , Dawit ETH 3:37.41 14 Cheboi , Collins KEN 3:38.29 15 Abdikadar Sheik Ali , Mohad ITA 3:38.74 Kipkoech , Nicholas Kiplangat KEN DNF Rotich , Andrew Kiptoo KEN DNF
Mercy Cherono finished second in the women’s 5000m with a time of 14:33.95. The winner was Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia who clocked 14:12.59 and was within a whisker of breaking the world record.
2013 world 800m champion, Eunice Sum looks completely out of sorts this season. She finished in 10th position, nearly 6 seconds behind the winner, Caster Semenya of South Africa. Sum does not look like she is in the kind of running shape she has been for the past three seasons.
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