When someone says, King of the Steeple, one name definitely comes to everyone’s mind that’s Conseslus Kipruto. He is a Kenyan professional long-distance runner.
Currently, he is an athlete to beat in 3000m steeplechase dominating most of the races in the international event.
Moreover, he won 2 consecutive World Championship in 2017 and 2019. Likewise, he clinched the Diamond League trophy in 3000m steeplechase from 2016 to 2019.
While winning the 2016 Rio Olympics, he set an Olympic record, finishing with a time of 8:03.28.
Many controversies and incidents surround Kipruto’s personal life. However, it has not hugely impacted his success in the field.
Before going deep into Kipruto’s personal and professional life, let’s look at quick facts.
|Date of Birth||8th December 1994|
|Birth Place||Eldoret, Kenya|
|Age||28 years old|
|Profession||Long-distance runner, Athletics|
|Height||5’6″ (1.67 cm)|
|Weight||58 kg (128 lbs)|
|Body Mass Index (BMI)||20.7|
|Siblings||Four (names unknown)|
|Relationship||Dating (Gladys Musyoka)|
|Net Worth||$100k – $500k|
|Social media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Merch||Running Shoes, Equipment|
|Last Update||June, 2023|
Conseslus Kipruto | Background and Incidents
Conseslus Kipruto was born on 8th December 1994 in Eldoret, Kenya. During his childhood, he and his four siblings were raised by a single mom.
He grew up playing football and idolized Didger Drogba. However, his uncle Cleophus urged him to try track.
Incidents and Scandals
In 2016, 20 years old woman sued Conseslus Kipruto for child negligence in the court. Moreover, she mentioned they were in a relationship from 2015-2016.
He was blamed for refusing the role of their son’s father and leaving his ex-wife’s struggle alone.
Likewise, in 2020, In November 2020, Kirputo was charged and arrested for having sexual intercourse with 15 years old minor.
Later, he was pleaded not guilty and released after paying a $1,800 bail fee at the court.
In 2018, Kipruto was caught in a car accident. Luckily, he escaped unhurt when his SUV hit a tractor.
Likewise, in 2020 after Kipruto revealed his new girlfriend, their photos took social media platforms by storm.
Most of his native hometown women were not pleased as she was from a different nation, whereas men’s cheered him for leading the path to cross country relations.
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Conseslus Kipruto | Youth Career
Conseslus Kipruto began his career competing firstly at younger categories of the steeplechase in 2010.
During Kenyan youth trials, he won the race with a time of 5:29.3 in the 2000 meters steeplechase event.
Later, he successfully managed to represent Kenya in the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics held in Lille Metropole, France.
In the finals, Kipruto and his fellow teammates, Gilbert Kiplangat Kirui, already maintained quite a distance from the start.
However, Kipruto snatched the gold medal running in 5:28.65. Likewise, his time place him 7th on the youth rankings of all time.
During the beginning of the 2012 season, he competed in two prestigious cross country events.
Later, he finished on the podium in both races, securing first place in Lotto Cross Cup de Hannut and second in the Cross de San Sebastian.
Likewise, he took another gold home after winning 3000m steeplechase at the 2012 World Junior Championship in Barcelona, Spain.
Similarly, his win helped Kenya secured the 13th consecutive title in the event. Furthermore, Kipruto’s finishing time of 8:06.10 placed him fourth on all-time junior rankings.
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Conseslus Kipruto | Senior Career
Kipruto was already considered a top prospect in 3000m steeplechase in the athletics world. However, later at Meeting de Paris in 2012, he showed glimpses of his greatness.
In the race, he secured his first senior gold at the event finishing with a personal best of 8:03.49. His timing placed him second on the all-time junior ranking.
Later, in 2013 Kipruto managed to represent the Kenyan cross country team after winning Internacional Juan Muguerza.
However, at the Kenyan trials, he finished sixth, placing him on the junior team.
During the event’s finals at the world championship, he finished fifth in the junior 8k men’s race.
Going into the 2013 season, he kickoff the Diamond League with victory at Shanghai with a meet record time of 8:01.16.
Later, he managed to add two more wins in the USA and Norway at the 2013 Diamond League.
Similarly, at his first World Championship in Russa, Kipruto finished second with a time of 8:06.37 in a 3000m steeplechase.
In his second attempt at the 2015 World Championship in Beijing, China, he again finished runner up.
Kipruto didn’t show any sign of slowing down. On the contrary, since 2016, he dominated at every 3000m steeplechase event.
During the 2016 season, he managed to secure a win in Doha and Rabat in May.
Likewise, in June, he won in Rome and Birmingham. Moreover, in the British Grand Prix, he finished the 3000m steeplechase with personal best timing of 8:00.12.
Next month he managed to win the race in Monaco and Bruxelles.
Later, in the Kenyan Olympic trials, he suffered his only defeat of that outdoor season, where he lost to Brimin Kiputo, 2008 Olympic gold medalist.
But in the 2016 Rio Olympics, he qualified for the finals securing the first position in the Heat 3.
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On 17th August 2016, Conseslus Kipruto won the gold medal at the 3000m steeplechase event. Moreover, running at a time of 8:03.28, he set an Olympic record.
In 2017, he only managed to win a gold medal in Rome and Bruxelles at the 2017 Diamond League.
However, Kipruto won the 2017 World Championship held in London, UK.
During the finals, he finished with a time of 8:14.12 to finally win his first gold after two successive silver medals.
Next season he opened the season with victory in the Commonwealth games, 3000m steeplechase event. Again, he ran within a time of 8:10.08.
Later at the Diamond League, he won gold in Roma, Birmingham, and Zurich.
Moreover, at the Weltklasse, Kipruto won the 3000m steeplechase at 8:10.15, just one second ahead of El Balkkalis to win the 2018 Diamond League trophy.
Interestingly, he competed and won the race with only one shoe after losing his left shoe in the middle of the race.
Likewise, before his triumph in Zurich, he had won African Championships. Luckily he didn’t suffer serious injury in Zurich.
Later, on 8th September 2018, he won 3000m steeplechase at IAFF Intercontential Cup held in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Next year, injuries impact most of his 2019 season. However, he managed to win the World Championship held in Doha, Qatar finishing with a time of 8:01.35.
Later, in 2020 he couldn’t compete in the Diamond league after testing Covid 19 positive in August.
Kirputo has not been able to train properly due to his sexual intercourse charge with a minor. So, he was out of shape due to a lack of proper training time.
Later, in Kenya Olympics Trails, he could not complete the steeplechase race and dropped out just after 2 laps due to fitness issues. So, Kipruto has been forced out of the national Olympic team.
But the Kenya team has not decided about his future and may make a comeback as a wildcard in the Olympics to defend his title.
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Conseslus Kipruto | Prize Money and Net Worth
Conseslus Kipruto has not revealed his salary or net worth to the public yet.
He is also a Kenyan policeman. So, alongside his athlete’s career, Kipruto also earns from his policing duty.
Browsing through the internet, the average salary of a policeman is $450 monthly.
Likewise, he has competed in many races throughout his career and won many of them.
While winning two gold at the IAAF World Athletes championship in 2017 and 2019, he earned $120k combined.
He has won 15 Diamond League series meetings earning $10k in each one. In addition, from 2016-2019, for winning the Diamond League trophy, he has collected $120k ($30k each season).
After winning the 2018 Intercontential Cup, he took home $30k.
Cash Prize and Honors
Furthermore, the Kenyan government awarded him $510k for winning gold in the 2016 Olympics and $10k in the 2018 commonwealth games.
Kipruto is Nike sponsored athlete. He always wears Nike gear and shoes during international events.
According to online sources, Kipruto is well sponsored and endorsed than his other Kenyan teammates. But his sponsor’s names are not published anywhere.
The estimated worth of the 2016 Olympics gold medalist is between $100k to $500k.
Conseslus Kipruto | Body Measurement and Training
Kipruto has a lean body figure with an athletic physique. That’s due to the intense endurance training he goes through being a long-distance runner.
At present, he stands 5 ft 6 inches (1.67 cm) and weighs around 58 kg (128 lbs).
Kipruto has been training under Japter Keter since his high school in 2010. Moreover, only the coach told him he has everything to be the best runner in their first encounter.
He is well known for regular training in the Mosoriot grass field rather than on the track.
During Covid 19 lockdown, he used homemade furniture cushions as a hurdle to train in his home and drained the pool as a water pit.
Moreover, while suffering from a stress fracture in 2019, he built his own aqua pool in his backyard for recovery.
Conseslus Kipruto | Social Media Presence
Conseslus Kirputo has Twitter and Instagram handles. But, he doesn’t seem quite active on social media and has 12k followers combined. That’s quite low, considering his popularity.
Moreover, his last post on any of his social media handles was in 2020.
Before that period, he used to provide updates about his life and events on Twitter. Likewise, on Instagram, he uploaded photos of his lifestyle and running-related stuff.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to Conseslus Kipruto?
In November 2020, Kirputo was charged and arrested for having a sexual affair with a minor. However, he was pleaded not guilty and released on bail for US$1800.
Why was Conseslus Kipruto dropped from the Olympic team?
Kenya Olympic team was forced to drop Conseslus Kipruto just one week before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Moreover, he competed in Kenya Olympics Trials but dropped out of the steeplechase race just after completing 2 rounds in Moi International Sports Centre, Nairobi.
Whats Conseslus Kipruto best personal time?
Kirputo ran in 8:00.12 at the British Grand Prix, 3000m steeplechase in 2016, finishing in the first place. Likewise, he is an Olympic record-holder with a time of 8:03.28.