Kenyan Kiprop retains world 1,500 metres title

Moscow: Kenyan Asbel Kiprop put last year`s Olympic disappointment firmly behind him with an emphatic 1,500 metres world title defence on Sunday.

The long-striding Kiprop`s devastating finishing kick quickly took him clear when he loomed up on team mate Nixon Kiplomo Chepseba`s shoulder around 80 metres from home and he coasted over the line in 3:36.28.

Kiprop, Olympic champion in 2008, finished last in London when he was nursing a hamstring injury but has been in hot form this season, including a scintillating run in Monaco last month when he became the fourth fastest of all-time at the distance.

In the battle for minor medals, American Matthew Centrowitz (3:36.78) took silver and South African Johan Cronje (3.36:83) bronze.

Algeria`s Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi missed the championships through illness.