Kenya Continues Dominance in 3000M Steeple Chase After Bagging Gold in Birmingham

Abraham Kibiwott clears the final water jump on his way to winning the 3000m steeplechase during the National Olympic trials on June 19 at the Kasarani stadium
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Abraham Kibiwott and Amos Serem have won gold and bronze respectively in the men's 3,000m steeplechase race in the Commonwealth Games. 

Kibiwot outsprinted India’s Avinash Sable to claim the gold medal. 

Conseslus Kipruto who was touted to win the race finished sixth. 

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Kenya's medals at this year's tourney held in Birmingham rose to 12 following Kibiwott and Serem's victories. 

In the race Kibiwott stormed off in a sprint finish against the Indian, earning Kenya gold after a poor display in both the World and Olympic Games. 

The absence of the Moroccans and Ethiopians gave the Kenyan athletes a chance to battle for the podium positions. 

Conseslus who is a former Olympic and World Champion could not replicate his fortnight performance at the World Championship where he won bronze. 

In the recent past, steeplechase legend Ezekiel Kemboi addressed Kenya's failure to dominate the steeplechase race events. 

“When I was retiring, I thought he (Conseslus Kipruto) was going to take over but now he has let us down. I talked to him after the finals (Oregon) and told him to put Oregon aside and focus on Paris Olympics,” Kemboi noted.

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