(Xinhua) -- Olympic 3,000m
steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya is now
ready to focus on a world record attempt next season.
Speaking from Eldoret, Kipruto who has finally become
his own man eclipsing his main rivals and legendary
Ezekiel Kemboi, says winning the Olympic, his first
major title, was a relief and will now free him to seek
other titles including the World championships and a
second Commonwealth games crown.
"I want the world record now. Then we will see if I
will improve from my silver to gold at the London 2017,"
The 22-year-old won the Olympic title and the Diamond
Trophy this season to cement his name as the future of
On Wednesday it was a joyous day for Kipruto as he
celebrated his success with family and friends with an
elaborate home coming in his rural home near Eldoret.
He took the time to relive the season that was and
also gave a preview of Kipruto of his mission for 2017,
get the World title in London.
"I have done my part this season and come next year,
I want to try to go for world record since it has stayed
intact for long without its time being lowered," said
The current world record of 7:53.63 is held by Saif
Saeed Shaheen (Qatar) and has stood since 2003.
Kipruto’s best time is 8:00.12, which he posted in June