Conseslus Kipruto

Athlete Profile

    Kenya Kenya
    8 DEC 1994
Steeplechase silver medallist Conseslus Kipruto at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
1000 Metres 2:19.85 Dillingen 22 JUL 2012
1500 Metres 3:39.57 Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion) 08 JUN 2013
3000 Metres 7:44.09 Rieti (Guidobaldi) 09 SEP 2012
2000 Metres Steeplechase 5:28.65 Lille 08 JUL 2011
3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:00.12 Birmingham (Alexander), GBR 05 JUN 2016

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
3000 Metres 7:55.76 Glasgow (Emirates Arena) 20 FEB 2016

Progression - Outdoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 2:19.85 Dillingen 22 JUL

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013 3:39.57 Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion) 08 JUN

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 7:44.09 Rieti (Guidobaldi) 09 SEP

2000 Metres Steeplechase

Performance Place Date
2011 5:28.65 Lille 08 JUL

3000 Metres Steeplechase

Performance Place Date
2016 8:00.12 Birmingham (Alexander), GBR 05 JUN
2015 8:05.20 Eugene (Hayward Field), OR 30 MAY
2014 8:09.81 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 18 JUL
2013 8:01.16 Shanghai (SS) 18 MAY
2012 8:03.49 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 20 JUL
2011 8:27.30 Königs Wusterhausen 09 SEP
2010 8:54.1 Nairobi 17 JUN

Progression - Indoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016 7:55.76 Glasgow (Emirates Arena) 20 FEB
2014 8:12.19 Karlsruhe (Europahalle) 01 FEB

Honours - 2000 Metres Steeplechase

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
7th IAAF World Youth Championships 1 5:28.65 Lille 08 JUL 2011

Honours - 3000 Metres Steeplechase

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXXI Olympic Games 1 8:03.28 Rio de Janeiro (Estádio Olímpico) 17 AUG 2016
15th IAAF World Championships 2 8:12.38 Beijing (National Stadium) 24 AUG 2015
14th IAAF World Championships 2 8:06.37 Moskva (Luzhniki) 15 AUG 2013
14th IAAF World Junior Championships 1 8:06.10 Barcelona (Estadio Olímpico) 15 JUL 2012

Honours - U20 Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
40th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2013 5 21:40 Bydgoszcz (Myslecinek Park) 24 MAR 2013

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Update 15 August 2016


Conseslus KIPRUTO, Kenya (3000m Steeplechase, Cross Country)


Born: 8 December, 1994    

Coach: Japter Keter

Manager: Michel Boeting

Trains in Mosoriot


A prodigious talent, Conseslus Kipruto is slowly realizing his enormous potential and looks primed to take over from Ezekiel Kemboi as the king of the steeplechase.


A former World Youth and Junior champion, he has literally followed closely in Kemboi’s footsteps, winning two silver medals behind the four time World champion at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.


Bubbly and confident, Kipruto is clear on his role model, “I want to be like Ezekiel when it comes to championships. I want to run like him at championships but when it comes to other races like Diamond League, I want to run like Paul Kipsiele.”


He is determined to make sure he fulfils his potential, “I always ask myself, there are those who have made it from junior to senior, why can’t I have the same self-discipline to do the same? I started steeplechase by chance and became first a national champion then world champion. What will stop me from being better? What keeps me in focus is when I won big races like Monaco, I have people like my uncle who make me realise I’m still young even though I have won a lot, I still need to be guided,” he reflects.


Brought up by his mother and the biggest influence in his life, his uncle Dr Cleophas Saina, a medic attached to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kipruto started out as a footballer in primary school.


“When I was in Standard 7, I ran the 3000m race and my teachers looked at me and they said, ‘Conseslus, maybe, you will make it in future as an athlete’. Of course I won, I was still young and when I went home, I told my uncle and he told me, ‘Hey, Conseslus, I think you will one day win gold for Kenya.’


“When I started running seriously, he started buying me shoes and training kit, only for me and that encouraged me to put more effort,” he recounted.


It was not by design that he ended up being a steeplechaser, rather it was by a stroke of intuition and the urge to mask huge disappointment.


“I was in Form 2 and running 1500m and at the District championships, I was position five and they were only choosing (top) two to take to the Provincials. It happened there were no barriers in our district.


“They had announced previously that they had no barriers and they would select those to run in the steeple randomly. I wanted to go to the Provincials so badly since I did not want to let down my uncle,” Kipruto narrated.


“So, when they said, ‘who wants to be in the steeplechase?’ I saw my chance and I was the first to raise my hands and when I went to the Provincials, I was second (8:52.7hA/Nakuru/31 March) and at the Nationals, I was position two. That was not bad, was it?” he chuckled.


That was in the year 2010 and his second finish in 8:54.1hA was in the B-race of the Kenya Trials for the Moncton World Juniors, since he was among those considered not to be among the top-12 selected to vie for Canada tickets.


Having found his calling, Kipruto started 2011 with a bang when he stunned Kirui and Matheka – respectively the reigning African Junior and Youth Olympics champions – at the 2000m boys’ steeple during the Trials for Lille World Youth Championships.


After making the final 22 in Team Kenya, France was to provide the platform that Kipruto seized on to formally introduce himself to the world.


In the final, Kipruto unleashed his superior kick. His 5:28.65 winning World Youth Lead time moved him into No. 7 position in the event all-time.


Inevitably, his Lille success opened doors for him to enter management studies and in September, Kipruto made his debut on the European circuit and the conventional 3000m distance, taking the honours on his debut at the Königs Wusterhausen meet in Germany in 8:27.30.


That did not compare to the sensation he felt when a week later in Slovakia he lined-up against his idols, Kemboi - who was fresh from successfully defending at the Daegu Worlds - and Kipsiele at the Athletics Bridge meet in Dubnica.


“Wow! I could not believe it at first that the two people I adored would run in the same race, but they were so kind to me and excited as well about how I won gold in France. They shared a few tips on the steeple and even during the race, they urged me on and showed me how to control my running,” Kipruto noted.


His second year on the international front, in 2012, saw Kipruto further enhance his reputation as he added cross country running and the Diamond League to his portfolio.


January saw him start his year by winning the Lotto Cross Cup cross country in Hannut, Belgium, before compatriot Mike Kigen outclassed Kipruto at the IAAF Permit San Sebastian meet in Spain a week later.


He made his DL debut in Doha, where he once more took on Kipsiele, besides facing Mateelong and Beijing Olympics winner and namesake Brimin for the first time, eventually placing fifth.


At the Barcelona World Junior trials in Nairobi, Kipruto won easily to get the World Junior nod, paving the way for the Lille champion to craft another sensational story in Spain.


And he did not disappoint during the junior global track and field showpiece clinching his second title in as many years.


Before the gold dust settled, he was in Monaco where he beat Kipsiele in a sprint finish to win in 8:03.49 that lifted him to number 2 in the all time junior list behind only the World record holder Saif Saeed Shaheen (7:58.66)


At the turn of 2013, Kipruto made the Kenya team for the World Cross Country in Bydgoszcz, Poland where he came in fifth in the 8K junior men’s race.


He kicked off his Diamond League season with 8:01.16 in Shanghai before the infamous clash against Kemboi in Eugene on 1 June.


The veteran was in the lead after the final hurdle, but Kipruto came steaming in on the inside and passed Kemboi. Surprised by the turn of events, Kemboi shoved him off the track, with the youngster getting back on to win in a meet record time of 8:03.59. Kemboi was disqualified for his petulant action.


Kipruto won the trials for the World Championships where he faced off with Kemboi in the final. in Moscow however, the veteran was too strong for him, sprinting away to win gold in 8:06.37 8:06.01 and had a pointed celebration where he seemed to tell the youngster that his time had not arrived yet.


2014 was a low key year for Kipruto, as he dabbled with indoor running (8:12.19) in 3000 metres while his seasonal best in the steeple was 8:09.81 in Monaco in July.


In 2015, he recorded his best mark when finishing third in Eugene (8:05.20). He won the London leg of the Diamond League ahead of Jairus Birech, but lost to Birech at the Kenyan Trials for the World Championships. At the World Championships  in Beijing, he again had to settle for silver behind Kemboi in 8:12.38 8:12.39.


Kipruto has had one of his best seasons in 2016, adding consistency to his repertoire.


After competing with moderate success during the winter in the Sevilla cross and Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, Kipruto has had an unbeaten campaign on the Diamond League circuit, notching up wins in Doha, Rabat, Rome Birmingham (with a new PB of  8:00.12) and Monaco.


His only defeat of the outdoor campaign came at the Kenyan Trials for the Olympic Games, where he was defeated by 2008 Olympic gold medallist Brimin Kiputo, but had the upper hand on Kemboi to make the Olympics team for the first time in his career.


Personal Bests

3000m SC: 8:00.12 (2016)


Yearly Progression

3000m SC: 2010-8:54.1hA; 2011- 8:27.30; 2012- 8:03.49; 2013-8:01.16; 2014-8:09.81; 2015-8:05.20; 2016-8:00.12

OK, all data confirmed


Career Highlights

2011    1st        World Youth Championships (2000m SC)

2012    1st          World Junior Championships (3000m SC)

2013    5th        World Cross Country Championships (junior race)

2013    2nd       World Championships (3000mSC)

2015    2nd       World Championships (3000mSC)


Prepared by James Wokabi and Mutwiri Mutuota for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2013-2016