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Jager fifth, Kemboi gets third World Championship Steelpechase title

Aug 15, 2013

Ezekiel Kemboi won his third World Championships gold in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase with a winning time of 8:06.01. American hopeful, Evan Jager, got 5th place in 8:08.67. According to track and field statistician Ken Nakamura, that time is the fastest 5th place finish at the World Champs in history. The pack, dominated by the four Kenyan competitors and led by Conseslus Kipruto, came through 1k at 2:45.94. Continuing with a consistent pace, the 2k split was 5:31.95 (2:46.01). With 600m to go there were six men left - the four Kenyans, Jager and Mekhissi-Benabbad of France. With 300m to go Jager began to fade as Kemboi, Kipruto and Mekhissi-Benabbad started an early kick for the line. Kemboi finished his last lap (more than 400m because the water pit is on the outside of the track) in 60.4. Jager closed in around 62. That was also Kemboi's sixth medal at the World Championships in his career. POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK 1 702 Ezekiel Kemboi KEN 8:06.01 2 712 Conseslus Kipruto KEN 8:06.37 3 465 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad FRA 8:07.86 4 717 Paul Kipsiele Koech KEN 8:08.62 5 1136 Evan Jager USA 8:08.67 6 254 Matthew Hughes CAN 8:11.64 NR 7 720 Abel Kiprop Mutai KEN 8:17.04 8 458 Yoann Kowal FRA 8:17.41 9 774 Hamid Ezzine MAR 8:19.53 10 784 Ion Luchianov MDA 8:19.99 11 392 Ángel Mullera ESP 8:20.93 12 1075 Jacob Araptany UGA 8:25.86 13 251 Alex Genest CAN 8:27.01 14 1077 Benjamin Kiplagat UGA 8:31.09 471 Noureddine Smaïl FRA DNF By Jimmy Stevenson