Conseslus Kipruto put together another impressive 3000m steeplechase performance to take control of the Diamond Race in his discipline, following his win in Doha at the opening IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season, unleashing an impressive burst of acceleration over the final 200 metres to win in a world-leading time of 8:02.77.
It was also an African all-comers’ record and also the second fastest time from the former world youth and junior steeplechase champion who, perhaps curiously, has yet to break eight minutes; although it seems just a matter of time before he joins that elite club.
Kipruto and his Kenyan compatriot, and 2015 Diamond Race winner, Jairus Birech were out on their own over the final two laps before Kipruto shrugged off his rival coming into the last bend.
Hs turn of speed was so decisive, and his confidence high enough, that he had the luxury of waving the 25,000-strong crowd as he came into the home straight. Birech, not threated from behind, finished second in 8:03.90.
In the non-Diamond Race disciplines, there were also three outstanding middle and long distance races.
Morocco’s Abdelaati Iguider got the hosts’ only victory of the day in the main part of the programme when he sped to an African all-comers’ 3000m record and world-leading time of 7:35.85.
Ethiopia’s Etenesh Diro dominated the women’s 3000m steeplechase and was in the lead from just before the halfway point in the race before finishing in 9:16.87, the second fastest time of her career and the third fastest time in the world this year.
Diro, fifth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, heard the bell four seconds clear of her nearest rival, Gladys Kipkemoi, but the Kenyan wilted badly over the last lap before finishing second in 9:26.36.