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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.

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Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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