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Kenyan athletes clash in Glasgow

ATHLETICS By IAAF | December 23rd 2017
2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 17/08/2016. Conseslus Kipruto (KEN) of Kenya competes ahead of Evan Jager (USA) of USA and Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) of Kenya. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

World and Olympic steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto will drop the barriers in favour of the boards on 25 February when he competes at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow, the sixth and final stop on the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Tour.

In what will be just the third indoor race of his career, the 23-year-old Kenyan will contest the 3000m flat at the Emirates Arena in a bid to improve on the indoor PB of 7:55.76 he set at the same venue in 2016. Given his steeplechase PB of 8:00.12, Kipruto should be capable of also rewriting his outright 3000m flat PB of 7:44.09, set outdoors when he was 17 years old.

He will take on USA’s Olympic 5000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo and Olympic sixth-place finisher Andrew Butchart of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

“With the field I will be up against, they play such an important role for me, and I’m determined to kick off my 2018 with a bang on home soil,” Butchart said.

Meanwhile, Scottish athletes Lynsey Sharp and Andrew Butchart hope their new-found love will help as they bid for Commonwealth Games glory next year.

The pair became a couple this year, now share the same coach and will travel to Australia as part of the Scotland team for the Gold Coast 2018 Games.

Butchart said: “It means a lot to us both to get to go away together and just to enjoy life.

“We can both discuss sessions and we can both talk a lot about athletics.”

The couple were speaking as they launched Team Scotland’s parade uniform for the 2018 Games in the Gold Coast - a collaboration in blue, green and purple between Perth tartan manufacturer House of Edgar and Scottish fashion designer Siobhan Mackenzie.

Butchart, from Dunblane, finished sixth in the 5,000m at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and revealed that it was in Brazil where he started to get to know Sharp.

“I think it all kind of happened behind our own backs,” the 26-year-old said.

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