World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto cracked a world lead with victory at Rome Golden Gala last week in Italy before vowing to attempt the World Record in Monaco on July 20.
Conseslus Kipruto (born 8 December 1994) is a Kenyan middle distance runner who competes in the 3000 metre steeplechase. In 2011 he won the World Youth and in 2012 the World Junior titles in the steeplechase. He also ranks second on the all-time junior lists with 8:01.16. Conseslus is the reigning Olympic and World champion in the steeplechase, his personal best of 8:00.12 minutes for the 3000 m steeplechase which was set at the Birmingham Diamond League event in 2016.
Kipruto, who is also the Commonwealth champion, chalked a season’s best of 8 minutes and 08:40 seconds, exacting revenge against compatriot Benjamin Kibet, who beat him in Eugene last Saturday.
“I know I can run faster and I now have four weeks to focus on training before attempting the world record in the Monaco Diamond,” said Kipruto, who boasts a personal best of 8:00.12 from Birmingham in 2016. “I will put all of my effort in there. I’m ready for it.”
Kenyan-born Saif Saaeed Shaheen of Qatar holds the world record time of 7:53.63 set September 3, 2004 in Brussels.
About Rome, Kipruto said he was prepared for the race and used his experience, having won the event in the past two years. Kipruto also wanted to forget the poor show in Shanghai where he failed to finish his 5,000m race before finishing second at Prefontaine Classic