Conseslus Kipruto put on a show during the final of the men’s 3000-metre steeple chase, employing some cheeky tactics to secure a Kenyan medal sweep.
With 200 metres remaining, first-placed Kipruto searched over his shoulder for teammates Abraham Kibiwott and Amos Kirui as he looked to secure a Kenyan 1-2-3.
With Kibiwott in second, Kirui trailed in fourth behind Canadian Matthew Hughes.
Kipruto signalled to Kibiwott and it became clear that the Olympic champion was not going to cross the line without his nation taking out all three honours.
Throwing up his arms, Kipruto fired up the crowd to urge Kirui along while he held back the pace for his compatriot.
With a grin that stretched ear-to-ear Kipruto and Kibiwott crossed the line, while it looked as if the Canadian had done enough to survive the shrewd Kenyan ploy. Or so he thought.
Willed on by Kipruto’s crowd, Kirui slipped past Hughes in the final metre as the Canadian tumbled over the line for fourth.
An irate Hughes aired his frustrations after the race to the media.
“I’m sick and tired of coming here … my mentality was rewrite the script – the Kenyans just come in here and do whatever they want and nobody tries to mess up their plans.”
“I’ve been in amazing shape every single year and now I watch these three guys jog around the track.”