August 8, 2017 / 8:36 PM / 8 days ago

Athletics-Kipruto continues Kenya's steeplechase domination

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto continued his country's dominance of the 3,000 metres steeplechase with a courageous victory at the World Championships on Tuesday.

A silver medallist in Beijing two years ago, Kipruto took the lead with less than 300 metres to go and was celebrating well before crossing the finish line in a time of 8 minutes 14.12 seconds.

The east African nation has now won 12 out of the 15 editions of the race in World Championships history.

There was no clean sweep as there was in Beijing two years ago, however, as Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco clinched silver to win his first major medal.

Evan Jager, who led for most of the race, became the first American to win a world championship medal in the steeplechase, taking bronze in 8:15.53.

Reporting by Christian Radnedge, editing by Ed Osmond

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