I'll say it in American: I am super STOKED for Benjamin Kigen and what he did yesterday in the steeple. That last three hundred was sensational to watch. Conseslus says he's recovering from malaria but, without doubting his excuse, I think his showboating days, coaching teammates during actual championship races and chatting with others about his backyard garden in Eldoret while navigating the third water jump days are over. For a few years, he's had no real rivals that he could afford to win the worlds while carrying an injury. Kigen has done to Conseslus what Conseslus did to the original showboater Ezekiel Kemboi (ironically, at Pre as well). It may be just me, but I think I detected a little saltiness in his post race comments which is good. And while not as bitter as the one he had with "whacky old man" Kemboi, I think such a rivalry can only be good news for an event which has stagnated for for a couple of years. He will not want to be destroyed like that again. Conseslus needed someone to light a fire from under him and Kigen might be it.
I don't know if it came through because of Kigen's limited English but he said he's from Baringo county (not as famous for producing runners), trains in Ngong (just outside Nairobi City) under coach Isaac Rono with, among others, Amos Kirui. Says he felt fresh after the race (only his 9th steeple) and that he thought he could run under 8 minutes. He couldn't believe the scalps he'd taken and how easy it had been. The steeplechase will be exciting this year, especially if El Bakaali is in good form as well.