Running with one shoe, Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto led other Kenyan runners to scoop the Zurich Diamond League series on Thursday night.
Kiruto, the world champion ran six laps without left foot shoe after it plunked off his ankles but made the decision to kick it away, taking on the massive challenge of going over the barriers and bruising his feet on the tartan track with bare feet.
He produced one of the best ever finishes in the Diamond League this season, powering past Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali to take the victory and the winner takes it all Diamond Trophy, accompanied by a massive cash reward of Sh5mn (USD50,000).
Kipruto crossed over the line biting his teeth while edging the Moroccan by a slim margin, winning in 8:10.15 while El Bakkali came in second timing 8:10.19.
It was a good reward for Timothy Cheruiyot who beat world champion Elijah Matonei Manangoi to win 1,500m title.
Cheruiyot asserted his dominance over training partner and World Champion Manangoi in the Diamond League, beating him for the fourth time to clinch the Diamond Trophy and the Sh5mn cash reward.
Cheruiyot took his sixth victory in the Diamond League this season, winning in a time of 3:30.27 while Manangoi held on for second spot clocking 3:31.16.
world 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri beat Netherland’s Siffan Hassan to bag the Diamond Trophy.
Obiri stuck in the lead for the entirety of the race apart from the last three laps when she was boxed in between compatriot Agnes Tirop and Ethiopia’s Teferi Senbere with Hassan breathing on her neck.
Obiri showed experience and composure to stride home in 14:38.39 as Hassan came second in 14:38.77.
Teferi was third while Caroline Chepkoech and Agnes Tirop finished fourth and fifth respectively ahead of Genzebe Dibaba