Despite Kipruto's withdrawal, his compatriot Benjamin Kigen found the inspiration to push on and ensure that the steeplechase
title stayed in Kenya, stunning pre-race favourite and home athlete Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco to gold.
He placed first in the steeplechase
at the Mediterranean Games held in Spain in 2018, and 2nd in the African Championships in Nigeria.Just this summer, El Bakkali won the men's 3000m steeplechase
championship in Monaco on Friday, July 12, clocking in a time of 8:04:82.
is a horse race in which horses must jump over obstacles along the way to the finish line.
Another Vietnamese, Thanh Sang Nguyen, clocked 1:58.59 to bag gold in the boys 800-m steeplechase
, winning over Timor Leste's Roberto Belo Amaral Soares who clocked 1:59.41 and settled for silver.
Ten athletes competed in the steeplechase
, five junior/ senior men who specialise in the event.There were three in the M50 age group including last year's winner and championship record holder (12.20), with two M45 athletes making up the field.
It was then known as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase
That was the year Jager took up the steeplechase
, a race in which runners must clear hurdles and water jumps.
Kemboi, who won his fourth steeplechase
world championship in a row last year, announced his retirement from athletics after the race.
The 19-year-old won in a blistering time of eight minutes 59.75 seconds, which was the second-fastest time ever in the women's steeplechase
. It was also a new Asian record.
This could be an event to catch the bookies out with defending champion Habiba Ghribi who has been in the form of her life lately.
There was also a Baxtone Menjo-led 1-2-3 podium sweep in the menas 3000m steeplechase
on a night that saw Kenya extend their tally to six gold five silver and five bronze medals.
Meanwhile, the first of the hunter chase races held in Wales this year will be The Excel Signs Ltd Hunters' Steeplechase
at Bangor-on-Dee on February 11.