Rusty Kipruto flops in Florence: Is Kenyan steeplechase Olympic dominance under threat in Tokyo?

Rusty Kipruto flops in Florence: Is Kenyan steeplechase Olympic dominance under threat in Tokyo?

With the threat coming from Morocco and Ethiopia, and with Kenya's main hope Kipruto not looking the part barely a month to the games, who will step up from Kenya to keep this gold medal in the country? 

Conseslus Kipruto winning the 2019 world title in Doha, Qatar

World and Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto stepped on to the track in Florence to take part in his first race since winning gold at the 2019 World Athletic Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Kipruto, who has been beset by legal troubles has not had the best of preparations and this was plain for all to see, as he only lasted 1500m of the 3000m steeplechase race. 

Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco stood up to be counted on the night, racing to victory in a world-leading time of 8:08.54. 

18-year-old  Diamond League debutante Bikila Tadese, racing just 48 hours after his world-leading 8:09 win at the Ethiopian Olympic trials in Hengelo took second place in in 8:10.56 while another Moroccan Mohamed Tindouft was third in 8:11.65.

With this being an Olympic year, is Kenya's dominance under threat? Remember Kenya has won gold in this event in 1968,1972,1984,1988,1992,1996,2000,2004,2008,2012 and 2016. The only exceptions were in 1976 and 1980 when Kenya boycotted the games. 

With the threat coming from Morocco and Ethiopia, and with Kenya's main hope Kipruto not looking the part barely a month to the games, who will step up from Kenya to keep this gold medal in the country? 

 

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