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Kipruto wins photo finish to claim steeplechase gold

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Kipruto wins photo finish to claim steeplechase gold
Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Doha 2019 - Men's 3000 Metres Steeplechase Final - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - October 4, 2019 Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto celebrates winning gold REUTERS/Dylan Martinez   -   Copyright  DYLAN MARTINEZ(Reuters)
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By Steve Keating

DOHA (Reuters) – Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto beat Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia in a photo finish to successfully defend his 3,000 metres steeplechase world title on Friday.

In the home straight the race came down to a 100m sprint and Kipruto just won it, dipping to edge out the 18-year-old Girma on the line in a winning time of eight minutes, 1.35 seconds.

Girma was 0.001 seconds back and had to settle for silver, Ethiopia’s first ever medal in the event.

Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali completed the podium by taking the bronze.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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