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Brimin brimming with confidence ahead of Moscow show

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY STANLEY MAGUT
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REIGNING SUPREME: Ezekiel Kemboi (R) leads teammate Brimin Kipruto in the men?s steeplechase final at 2011 World Championships in Daegu.

FORMER world 3000m steeplechase champion Brimin Kipruto will be seeking to finish among the medals at the IAAF World championships in March in Moscow.

Kipruto who finished behind Olympic steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi at the Daegu world championships said his eyes are on the gold medal.

It will be his fourth appearance at the IAAF world athletics championships. He competed at the 2005 edition in Helsinki (bronze), 2007 in Osaka (gold) and the 2011 Daegu championships where he won a silver medal.

The gold medal he won at the 2007 championship launched his career. He also has a gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver from the 2004 Athens Olympics where he competed at a tender age of 19 years.

Kipruto who was born in Korkitony in Keiyo is intensifying his training at Kaptagat in Uasin Gishu County. “I have now embarked on my training and when the season kicks off, I will be on the move to better my skills, ” he said adding that he is currently doing hill work at the rugged and scenic Kaptagat terrain.

Speaking yesterday in Eldoret, Kipruto added the outing in Moscow will not only be a hunt for a medal but he will be eying to improve his personal best time.

He has a personal best of 7.53.64, -a world leading time and an African record- he posted in July last year in Monaco. “My intention is to also lower my personal steeplechase best time and I am out to achieve it since I am training intensively, ” he said.

And with Ezekiel Kemboi hanging his track spikes, Kipruto is confident he will win the title. He however said there is tough competition from Frenchman Mahiedine Mekhissi who won a bronze medal at the London Olympics. “We will be having new athletes emerging from Kenya and other countries but I am ready to compete, ” he said.