KENYA ODDS-ON TO TAKE GOLD

Athletics Weekly - - Commonwealth Games - PH

3000m steeple­chase

WORLD and Olympic cham­pion Cons­es­lus Kipruto will be the favourite to main­tain Kenya’s stran­gle­hold on this ti­tle, hav­ing won them all since 1990 and con­ceded only two medals in that pe­riod. Aside from a DNF, he is un­beaten since July 2016 and has won medals at the last four global cham­pi­onships.

Their other two ath­letes, Abra­ham Kibi­wott and Amos Kirui, were first and sec­ond re­spec­tively at the trial.

Kibi­wott, the 2015 African ju­nior cham­pion, ran his PB of 8:09.25 two years ago. Kirui, the 2016 world ju­nior cham­pion, has run 8:08.37.

Canada’s Matt Hughes was fourth in 2014 and is the best bet to pre­vent a Kenyan clean sweep, although he would have to be in his Cana­dian record 8:11.64 shape of 2013 to do so. Uganda’s Al­bert Che­mu­tai, who has run 8:23.18, could also be in the mix.

Aus­tralia’s James Nip­per­ess, who was ninth in 2014, has a PB of 8:32.59.

Welsh duo Ieuan Thomas and Jonathan Hop­kins and North­ern Ire­land’s Adam KirkSmith fly the flag for the home na­tions.

Cons­es­lus Kipruto: plans

to lead clean sweep

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