One of the longest standing Olympic Records came tumbling down at the Maracana stadium in Brazil as Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto shattered the 28-year-old Olympic record set in 1988 by Julius Kariuki in Seoul, on his way to winning Kenya’s 4th gold medal.
The 21-year-old Kenyan run a tactical race, pulling away with one lap to go from American Evan Jager and compatriot Ezekiel Kemboi who was defending his Olympic title. Jager finished second and Kemboi won Kenya a bronze medal.
This was the highest podium finish for an American steeplechaser since 1952.
It looked like Kemboi would win the silver with about 150 meters to go, but Jager had a better finishing kick to alter a possible 1-2 Kenya finish.
Kenya has won a gold medal in the 3,000m steeplechase race at the Olympics since 1980.