Ezekiel Kemboi, Brimin Kipruto, Consenslus Kipruto have won 10 world championships medals among them in the men’s 3000m steeplechase since 2003.
They are among the top five fastest men in the world this year a list that is topped by fast rising Jairus Birech who is also part of the steeplechase quartet who will be donning team Kenya kit at the World championships in Beijing starting Friday, August 21.
Kemboi, 33, and Brimin,30 are the most experienced of the four and have both won world and Olympic gold medals.
Kemboi has three world titles and two Olympic medals while Brimin has the Olympic medal he won at the bird nest in 2008 and the gold from Osaka.
At 21 Consenslus is the youngest of the four but a competitive runner who when barely out of his teens pushed Kemboi to the gold in Moscow as he settled for silver.
But by far this season Birech has been the most impressive. He has run five of the 10 leading times this season and is the only steepler to have dipped under eight minutes as they head to Beijing with his 7:58.83 run from the Paris Diamond league last July.
Birech, African champion winner at the national trials is primed to top the diamond race and retain his trophy from 2014.
1-2-3-4 is the target
It is a formidable four-some that intends to toss in a sweep of not only the medals but the top four positions in Beijing.
“This is one of the open races. Any of us can win bring a fast or slow race its our race. What we would like to win is not only the fight for gold but to win 1-2-3-4,”said Brimin who will be retuning to Beijing after a troubled last two seasons dogged by knee injury.
Dominating races is a gratifying indulgence for Brimin. He picked silver when Kemboi led the sweep at the Athens Olympics and in 2007 he won the gold as Kemboi and Richard Matelong won silver and bronze respectively.
Since then Kenyans have grappled to sweep medals with Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad constantly crashing their hoped party.
The Frenchman will not be in Beijing as he is still recovering from surgery on his right foot, but this does not in any way water down the race.
“This will be a tough race it begins right here at home. But even the field that will race are the same people I have raced over the years and through the season,” Brimin said singling out Evan Jager, the American who has been in fine shape this season and has ran the second fastest time of 8:00.45.
Jager was fifth in Moscow and sixth at the London Olympics.
“I would like to win gold at the same stadium I won my first gold.So I hope I can repeat this and lead the sweep in Beijing.”
The winner of the men’s steeplechase could well be in the running for the IAAF/Addidas best performer of the day on August 24, after the heats on the opening two days earlier.