Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto clears a hurdle on his way to victory in the men's 3,000m steeplechase final with Morocco's Soufiane Elbakkali in hot pursuit. PHOTO | AFPKenya's Conseslus Kipruto clears a hurdle on his way to victory in the men's 3,000m steeplechase final with Morocco's Soufiane Elbakkali in hot pursuit. PHOTO | AFP
By DAVID KWALIMWA

Kenya on Tuesday consolidated second place behind the USA at the ongoing IAAF World Championships in London, after bagging two additional medals in exciting middle distance races.

Conseslus Kipruto was the highlight of Kenya’s performances on the night, bagging the country’s third gold after winning the 3,000m steeplechase race in 8:14.12.

Kipyegon Bett added to Kenya’s medal tally settling for third place in a tough 800m race which was won by Frenchman Pierre-Ambroise Bosse with Poland’s Adam Kszczot taking the silver medal.

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In the 3,000m steeplechase, four-time world champion Ezekiel Kemboi (8:29.38) and his compatriot Jairus Birech (8:32.90) finished eleventh and twelfth respectively.

“I used my plans well last night. There are others who are strong, but I knew if the race was around 8:10 minutes I was going to win,” Kipruto said.

Kenya’s remaining interests lie in the 5,000m (men and women), 3,000m steeplechase (women), and 1,500m (men) races which will be competed for in the course of the next three days.

South Africa meanwhile are ranked third, Poland fourth, with Ethiopia wrapping up the top five places.