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Kiplagat comes of age with FBK Games win

By Vision Reporter

Added 31st May 2010 03:00 AM

BENJAMIN Kiplagat showed he has come of age after outsprinting Beijing Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto to win the FBK Games’ 3000m steeplechase on Sunday.

BENJAMIN Kiplagat showed he has come of age after outsprinting Beijing Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto to win the FBK Games’ 3000m steeplechase on Sunday.

By Norman Katende

FBK GAMES
3000m SC results

1. B. Kiplagat 8:17.12
2. B. Kipruto 8:18.27
3. B. Taleb 8:21.96
4. R. Mateelong 8:23.31
5. T. Szymkowiak 8:23.50

ODLO ATHLETICS MEET
1500m

1. B. Kiplagat 3:41.29
800m
1. A. Cherop 1:51.61
5000m
5. A. Kiplimo 13:20.92
7. M. Kibet 13:22.93
Sudan results
200m

1 A. Ngaimoko 21.24
800m
3 A. Negesa 2:12.99


BENJAMIN Kiplagat showed he has come of age after outsprinting Beijing Olympic champion Brimin Kipruto to win the FBK Games’ 3000m steeplechase on Sunday.

Though the time of 8 minutes 17.12 seconds was slower than his personal best (8:12.98), it was a promising. It was the first 3000m steeplechase the Ugandan was competing in this season

Kiplagat, whose undoing has always been the lack of a final kick must have gained more confidence in the race that took place in Hengelo, Netherlands.

He also beat a host of other stars that included Kenyan Richard Mateelong, a silver medallist at last year's Berlin World championships, together with Michael Kipyego and Moroccan Brahim Taleb.

Kiplagat also showed that he had improved going over the steeple when he sprinted to beat Kipruto to the last hurdle, before out sprinting him to the finish by just over a second.

It was the second win for Kiplagat, having won the 1500m Oldo meet last week.

Meanwhile, Ali Ngaimoko and Annet Negesa did not compete in their second races in Khartoum, Sudan, after their kit went missing as they warmed up for the event.

Negesa and Ngaimoko were expected to compete in the 1500m and 400m respectively.

Kiplagat comes of age with FBK Games win

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