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Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto Dethrones Compatriot & Four-Time World Champion Ezekiel Kemboi to Take Gold in the 3000m Steeplechase

In addition to winning gold, Kipruto set an Olympic world record crossing the finish line in 8:03.28.

Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto overtook his countryman, four-time world champion and race favorite Ezekiel Kemboi in the 3000 meter steeplechase, picking up gold in Rio Wednesday.


Kipruto’s victory continues Kenya’s winning streak in the event, which dates back to the 1988 Olympics, according to Capital FM Sports.

Prior to the race, Kipruto has been considered the swiftest man this event season and he proved it as he led the pack for most of the race before pulling full steam ahead of his competition, setting an Olympic record when he crossed the finish line in 8:03.28.

Kemboi, the defending champion, was edged out of the silver by American Evan Jager on the home stretch, although he clocked his season best of 8:08.47. The Kenyan king of steeple chase will have to settle for the bronze.

It was an epic win for Kipruto and Kenya’s fourth gold medal that has attracted much congratulation, including from his family back home:

Kipruto trended on Twitter post-victory, and how his fans will finally know how to spell his name.

The outcome of the steeplechase means Kemboi has postponed his retirement, vowing to return stronger than ever in next year’s world championship in London.

“I had opted to retire right after the Olympics only if I had come home with this medal…Now I feel that I have to bring back this medal not by protesting again but right on track,” Kemboi posts on his Facebook page Thursday.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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