Ugandans falter at Moscow Steeplechase final

IAAF World Athletics Championship

3000m Steeplechase men’s final

1. E. Kemboi (KEN) 8:06.01

2. C. Kipruto (KEN) 8:06.37

3. M. Mekhissi-Benabbad (FRA) 8:07.86

12. J. Araptany (UGA) 8:25.86

14 B. Kiplagat (UGA) 8:31.09

 

Benjamin Kiplagat finished a distant 14th at the World Championships in the 3000m steeplechase final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
Benjamin Kiplagat finished a distant 14th at the World Championships in the 3000m steeplechase final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

With 12 of the other Ugandan athletes all failing to hit the mark, Jacob Araptany and Benjamin Kiplagat were expected to earn Uganda its maiden medals at the World Championships in the 3000m steeplechase final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

Pre-race favourite Ezekiel Kemboi raced to victory in style, winning his third consecutive World Championships title in a time of 8 minutes 6.01 seconds.

But Araptany and Kiplagat could only manage a paltry 12th and 14th position clocking 8:25.86 and 8:31.09 respectively.

The duo who started rather well couldn’t manage to keep with the pace with the Kenyan of trio Conselus Kipruto Paul Koech and Kemboi drop off at the half way mark, before clocking, over 19 seconds behind the winner.

Stephen Kiprotich, Jackson Kiprop and Abraham Kiplimo who take part in the Saturday marathon now remain with the burden of winning Uganda’s only medals at the biennial World meet.

London Olympics 2012 gold medalist Kiprotich was ninth at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

Kenya's Ezekeil Kemboi celebrates winning.
Kenya’s Ezekeil Kemboi celebrates winning.

 

Kiprotish after crossing the finish line to claim his gold medal at last year's London Olympics
Kiprotish after crossing the finish line to claim his gold medal at last year’s London Olympics

 

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