NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya
said his trophy cabinet is now complete after he won the gold
medal during the just-completed African Athletics Championships
held in Asaba, Nigeria.
Kipruto, who jetted
into Nairobi alongside other team members on Monday evening,
said they went out and performed as they had promised Kenyans
despite the challenges they faced after their arrival in the
West African nation, where they spent two nights on the cold
floor at the airport due to flight connection issues.
“I am delighted with
my win because the African championship gold medal was the only
trophy that was missing from my cabinet. I am also thrilled that
we managed to bag 11 gold medals to emerge overall winners,”
Kipruto told journalists.
Kipruto, 23, started
his winning streak as a youth with a gold medal during the World
Youth Championships held in Lille, France in 2011 and later won
the world junior title in 2012 followed by Olympic title in
2016, world title in 2017 and Commonwealth and African titles in
2018 making him the most accomplished Kenyan steeplechase runner
He said the problems
they met upon arrival buoyed them to turn adversity into
“We were taught to
always put up with dire situations but what lifted our spirits
was the fact that we knew what to us to Asaba and we managed to
keep our eyes on the prize after putting everything in the
back-burner,” Kipruto said.
the 3,000m women’s steeplechase world record holder, said she is
now focusing her sights on the final Diamond League event and
the World Cup.
“Our clean sweep in
the 3,000m steeplechase came against all my expectations and I
am delighted that we all managed a podium finish,” she remarked.
Kenya won 11 gold
medals, six silver med