Conseslus Kipruto surprisingly moves up to the 5,000m event after winning all the major gold medals in the 3,000m steeplechase


Conseslus Kipruto winning gold at the London 2017 world championships

While many believe that the only major feat remaining for Kipruto now is to break the world record, he has made a surprising decision to open his diamond league season in the men’s 5000m race at the Shanghai Diamond League this weekend, the 12th of May.
Kipruto ran a spectacular men's 3000m steeplechase final at the Gold Coast Games in the Carrara Stadium while talking to his team mates and urging them on despite being in such a fast pace that was inside the Games' record. He was able to ensure that Kenyans continued their domince of this event at the Commonwealth Games since 1990 with 1-2-3 clean sweeps of the podium in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014. This was his third major gold medal after winning the Olympic gold medal in Rio 2016 and the world gold medal in London 2017.
Even though the 5000m event won’t earn any points for the athletes, Conseslus will be facing some of the current world's best 5,000m runners that include Dejen Gebremeskel, Muktar Edris, Paul Chelimo and Hagos Gebrhiwet, among others.
With a personal best time of 13:47.5 recorded in altitude, Kipruto could surprise in the upcoming diamond league race and make fans wonder whether he should not focus in getting gold medals in the 5000m event as well.

Here is the men 5000m provisional entry list for Shanghai Diamond League:

1.       ABADÍA BECI, Antonio   ESP   13:12.68
2.       AYEKO Joel  UGA
3.       BALEW  Birhanu  BRN   13:09.26
4.       BOUQANTAR Soufiyan   MAR  13:14.06
5.       CHELIMO  Paul  USA   13:03.90
6.       EDRIS, Muktar  ETH   12:54.83
7.       GEBREMESKEL  Dejen  ETH   12:46.81
8.       GEBRHIWET   Hagos  ETH   12:47.53
9.       HADIS Abadi   ETH   13:16.78
10.   KANGOGO  Cornelius  KEN   13:10.80
11.   KAZI, Tamás   HUN
12.   KIPLANGAT  Davis  KEN  13:16.35
13.   KIPRUTO   Conseslus   KEN   13:47.5h
14.   KISSA   Stephen  UGA   13:13.00
15.   LETTING, Vincent  KEN   13:49.04
16.   LIU, Hongliang   CHN   13:59.95
17.   MCSWEYN, Stewart   AUS   13:19.96
18.   MELAK, Nibret   ETH
19.   ROP, Albert   BRN   12:51.96
20.   RUTTO  Cyrus   KEN    13:03.44

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