World Championships - Kiprop defends 1500m title in Moscow

Asbel Kiprop, who was injured for London 2012, defended his 1500m world title in a time of 3:36.28 at the Luzhniki Stadium.

World Championships - Kiprop defends 1500m title in Moscow

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Asbel Kiprop of Kenya (L) crosses the finish line to win the men's 1,500 metres final ahead of Matthew Centrowitz of the U.S. (R) during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow August 18, 2013 (Reuters)

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.

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