You’ve gotta admire a guy who starts the party early.
Kenyan runner Conseslus Kipruto hadn’t even crossed the finish line at Wednesday’s 3,000-meter steeplechase — that’s the Summer Olympics event where you have to jump over a whole bunch of hurdles as you complete the distance, and as if that weren’t tough enough, sometimes you have to hop a small pool of water, too — before he began celebrating his gold medal.
Arms spread wide, Kipruto looked over to the applauding crowd and smiled widely as he cruised toward the race’s end, a move that could’ve cost him dearly… if American Evan Jager had been able to summon a last-minute kick to propel him into first. But as it turned out, Kipruto held the lead until the end, earning himself an Olympic record time of 8:03:28. The man-bun-sporting Jager (working considerably harder) crossed the line in 8:04:28, giving him a silver medal; Mekhissi Mahiedine of France later was awarded the bronze after Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya — who finished third in 8:08:47 — was disqualified for a violation.
Here are some other buzzed-about moments from Day 10 of the Rio games:
* The United States swept the Women’s 100-meter hurdles, with teammates Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin winning gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
* After winning a match against Russia’s Valeriia Koblova Zholobova, Japan’s Kaori Icho became the first wrestler in Olympic history to take home four gold medals.
* On the soccer front, Saturday’s gold-medal match will be between Brazil (who bested Honduras Wednesday) and Germany (who won over Nigeria Wednesday).
* The men’s and women’s 470 classes sailing races were postponed due to lack of steady wind. Those races now will take place on Thursday.
What was your favorite moment of this day of Olympic competition? What are you most looking forward to in the games? Let us know in the comments!