NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Olympic and world champion Conseslus
Kipruto has signaled he intends to go beyond retaining his
Diamond Trophy to clocking fastest time when he won the 3,000m
steeplechase, despite running most of the race with one shoe.
silver medalist in 1,500m Timothy Cheruiyot together with Hellen
Obiri were the only Kenyans to claim the Diamond Trophy as the
curtain came down on the premier track and field season in
But of importance is
their hunger to stage fast times at the Continental Cup in
Ostrava, the Czech Republic on Sept. 8-9.
“This foot just won
a Diamond,” said Kipruto who had a big bandage on his left foot
after he lost his shoe on the second lap of the 3,000m
steeplechase but still won.
“It feels nice to
have a win again. Sorry about the slow time. My ankle problem
flared up again. I didn’t want to let anyone down,” he added on
Kipruto proved that
it was winning rather than time that was critical as he put his
form on the line to prove his critics wrong that he is still the
best in the water and hurdle race.
“I have big pain,”
said Kipruto. “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.”
Kenya’s Obiri, who
has endured a torrid season, came to life in the final to retain
her title beating European champion Sifan Hassan of the
ZURICH, (Xinhua) --
Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya celebrates after the men’s
3,000m steeplechase at the IAAF Diamond League athletics
meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, Aug. 30, 2018. Conseslus
Kipruto claimed the title in a time of 8 minutes and 10.15
PHOTO: MICHELE LIMINA
“Before the race I
felt I would not win,” said Obiri. “Finally everything came
together, and I am proud. Next stop is at the Continental Cup
and am ready for the challenge.”
Commonwealth Games 1,500m champion Elijah Manangoi could not
match Diamond League champion Timothy Cheruiyot finishing kick.
Cheruiyot retains the Diamond Trophy for the second time
The finals in 32
events are being split between Zurich (Thursday) and Friday’s in
Brussels. They mark the climax to the Diamond League season,
with athletes accruing points at the year’s previous 12 meetings
in order to qualify for the finals.
There is a prize of
50,000 U.S. dollars for each final winner. It means that Kipruto,
Cheruiyot and Obiri, all who retained their Diamond Trophy this
season will walk home with 60,000 dollars being 50,000 dollars
cash for winning the Diamond Trophy and 10,000 dollars for
winning in Zurich.