Two More Gold Medals for Kenya as Kipruto sets an Olympic Record

Kenya extended its dominance in the long distance track as they achieved two more gold medals in 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase.

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Rio Olympics 2016: Conseslus Kipruto

Conseslus Kipruto, 21, who has mostly come in second, winning silver medals at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, finally had his golden moment when he raced to the finish in 8 minutes and 03.28 seconds, breaking the Olympic record by less than two seconds.

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Kipruto has broken Julius Kariuki’s Olympic record of 8:05.51, which he set during the 1988 Seoul Olympics…

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 1500m Final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women’s 1500m Final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Faith Kipyegon claimed the second win as she sped past the favorite to win, Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba to claim the gold in the women’s 1,500m. Dibaba walked away with a silver medal after she had clocked a time of 4:10:27, less than two seconds behind Kipyegon who clocked a time of 4min 08.92sec after her gust over the last 250 meters. She is the second Kenyan to get this achievement after Jebet Lagat’s victorious lap at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Genzebe Dibaba

The 22-year-old Kenyan has just bagged Kenya its sixth medal at the Rio Olympics following behind gold medalists such as, Jemima Sumgong and David Rudisha.

Kenya has been victorious in the steeplechase consecutively nine times at the Olympics.

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