10 Aug 2017 - 0:35
Kipruto targets steeplechase world record in Brussels
London: Kenya’s Olympic and newly-crowned world 3,000 metres steeplechase champion, Conseslus Kipruto, said yesterday he would attempt a world record at the final Diamond League in Brussels on September 1.
The 22-year-old Kipruto won silver in Moscow in 2013 and in Beijing in 2015 behind compatriot Ezekiel Kemboi.
He continued his country’s dominance of the event with a courageous victory at the World Championships in London on Tuesday, just weeks after recovering from an ankle injury.
“Now that I have the Olympic and world titles, I think I am ripe for the world record, which I will attempt in Brussels on September 1,” Kipruto told Reuters.
“I think I am still strong enough. I am not promising that it will happen, but trying something is not bad. I want it now (world record),” he said.
Qatar’s Kenyan-born Saif Saaeed Shaheen set the world steeplechase record of 7:53.63 on September 3, 2004 at the same Van Damme Memorial event in Brussels.
Kipruto’s ambition looks ambitious since his best time this season is 8:04.63, although he has a personal best of 8:00.12.
American Olympic silver medallist Evan Jager, who took bronze in London behind Kipruto and Morocco’s Soufiane Elbakkali, has the world leading time of 8:01.29 and a personal best of 8:00.45.