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Men's Middle Distance and Steeplechase 2013 Review

By December 29, 2013

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David Rudisha's injury opened up the 800-meter competition for most of 2013 and Mohammed Aman stepped through the door and won the year's top prizes. Aman ran a world-leading 1:42.37 in Brussels and posted four of the year's top 10 times. Nick Symmonds had three times in year's top 10 list, including the second-best time overall, 1:43.03. Ferguson Cheruiyot, Duane Solomon and Ayanleh Souleiman were also in top 10. Aman won the World Championship final in Moscow, with Symmonds taking the silver and Souleiman the bronze. Rudisha won two Diamond League races before he was injured, then Aman won four of the last five and took the overall title.

Asbel Kiprop won the year's fastest men's 1500-meter race, in Monaco, in 3:27.72, ahead of Mo Farah and Caleb Ndiku. Kiprop, Silas Kiplagat and Bethwell Birgen each placed two times within the 2013 top 10. Kiprop earned the World Championship crown in a tactical race, finishing in 3:36.28, followed by Matthew Centrowitz and Johan Cronje.  Souleiman won three Diamond League races and earned the season title, while Kiplagat won twice.

The Prefontaine meet in Eugene produced the fastest mile of the year, as Kiplagat ran 3:49.48 to edge Kiprop by .05 and Aman Wote by .40. Augustine Choge won in London in 3:50.01 while Souleiman won the mile in Oslo in 3:50.53.

In the steeplechase, Ezekiel Kemboi ran a world-leading 7:59.03 in Paris, then had the year's ninth-best time to win the World Championship gold in 8:06.01. Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad's 8:00.09 was second in Paris and second overall on the year. He also gained a bronze medal at the World Championships. Conseslus Kipruto placed four times in year's top 10, winning in Shanghai, Eugene and Oslo, while. Paul Kipsiele Koech had two of the year's top 10 times. Kipruto was second in Moscow but won four Diamond League events to earn the season championship, while Hillary Yego won twice.

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