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Kenya eyes clean sweep in men's 3,000m steeplechase

17 August 2016, 17:44

Nairobi - Kenya have a big chance of claiming their first clean sweep at the Rio Games as they have three runners in top form competing in the men's 3000m steeplechase final.

Ezekiel Kemboi, Brimin Kipruto and Conseslus Kipruto all have a realistic chance of claiming the 2016 Olympic gold medal on Wednesday evening.

With two Olympic titles (2004 Athens and 2012 London Games) already in the bag, Kemboi will be gunning for a hat-trick of titles.

"I'm happy to be in the final. I'm feeling good and we are all trying. About a clean sweep for Kenya that will be decided in the final," Kemboi said.

Brimin, though, won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics so he can't be taken lightly.

"The competition is top class here but a clean sweep is a must for us in the final, " Brimin said.

If that wasn't scary enough for the other finalists, then the in-form Conseslus should send shivers down their spines.

The 21-year-old has the fastest three times of season to his name with his 8:00.12 posted during the IAAF Diamond League event in Birmingham the best of the lot.

However, the Kenyans know you can't take their eyes off the rest of the field that will also feature Moroccan duo Soufiane Elbakkali and Hamid Ezzine and European champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France.

- TEAMTalk Media


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