"One characteristic of champions is that they often find a way to win, even when they shouldn’t."
"When I heard Kenyans singing and cheering us up in the stadium, I suddenly got the energy to chase Girma to the finish line. I said I was not going to let them down. They gave me the motivation and I dedicate the gold medal to the fans,"
Kipruto talks about the temptations that arise when you gain a huge amount of wealth very quickly. He cautions, "If you have money, life can become very complicated or simple. I learned that the excitement of making it complicated is not very productive."
Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui dominated the women's race by 42 seconds.
“The World Record is on my mind after winning the coveted Olympic gold medal. It’s almost two years since someone ran under eight minutes and I feel Brussels is the right place when I am still in top form. I came close to dipping under eight minutes in Birmingham but Brussels will be a good stage to wrap up with my second Diamond League trophy after 2013."
A Semenya-less 800 will see Francine Niyonsaba take on Ajee Wilson and Lynsey Sharp. Jairus Birech vs Conseslus Kipruto in the steeple, Vivian Cheruiyot and Mercy Cherono in the 5K. Non-distance action includes Ameer Webb taking on Trayvon Bromell and Andre De Grasse in the 200, Kirani James (400) and Greg Rutherford (LJ).
Kemboi will face Conseslus Kipruto, Brimin Kipruto and Jairus Birech.
Ayana's challengers include silver medalist Senbere Teferi and Mercy Cherono. Jairus Birech will face Paul Kipsiele Koech, Conseslus Kipruto and Mahiedine Mekhissi in the steeple while the women's 800 has World indoor champ Francine Niyonsaba and Eunice Sum.
Eunice Sum will face the new and improved Caster Semenya in the 800 and there will also be a great men's steeple with Ezekiel Kemboi, Jairus Birech, Brimin Kipruto, and Conseslus Kipruto
Sum won the 800 in 2:03.2 as Bett ran 1:46.3 and Cheruiyot 3:36.8 in the 1500. Conseslus Kipruto won his heat of the 5K in 13:47. *Results
*Asbel Kiprop Threw Down A 1:44.6 In The 800 Heats, But Didn't Race The Final Silas Kiplagat also won his heat in 1:47.4.
Conseslus Kipruto will also race as the women's 800 has Eunice Sum, Ajee Wilson, Cuba's Rose Mary Almanza and Switzerland's Selina Buchel. Mutaz Essa Barshim, Ivan Ukhov and Bohdan Bondarenko in the HJ.
"I am back and looking forward to the World Championships. I don't fear anyone and having been out due to injury, I'm glad to be back. My worst enemy is myself because I set high standards that I have to beat."
Kipruto was dealing with a hamstring injury last year which led him to miss a chunk of the track season.
The race was on by Germany's Carsten Schlangen in 3:38.85 as Peter Callahan was 5th (3:40.58) and German Fernandez a DNF. Michael Rutt won the 800 in 1:47.44 while Lopez Lomong was 4th (1:48.87).
Steepler Conseslus Kipruto is also in the field. Bahrain’s former 1500m World champion Maryam Jamal is in the women's 3K against Russia’s Moscow 1500 finalist Yelena Korobkina Kenyan Olympic 5Ker Viola Kibiwot . SA World 1500 bronze medalist Johan Cronje takes on Nixon Chepseba in the 1500. Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba is in the women's 1500.