The master. Ezekiel Kemboi, leads the Kenyan continent to the line // Getty Images

The master. Ezekiel Kemboi, leads the Kenyan continent to the line // Getty Images

Track and field

Kenya super, US again kryptonite in steeple

BEIJING — Amid keen anticipation that this would finally be the year an American man would medal in the steeplechase at the world championships, Evan Jager headed into the bell lap in the lead.

And then came a fleet of Kenyans. Jager could not keep up. The Kenyans went 1-2-3-4, the master Ezekiel Kemboi winning in 8:11.28.

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Usain Bolt awaits

DAEGU, South Korea — American Walter Dix, running in sunglasses at night, was so in command and control that he could look left and right as he cruised down Lane 2 to a strong and easy victory Saturday night in his heat of the men’s 100-meter dash. He said afterward that he had come to Daegu “to win three gold medals,” in the 100, the 200 and the relays.

In his heat, another American, Justin Gatlin shook off freezer burn around his ankles to earn an automatic qualifier spot. He declared afterward that Sunday night’s 100 final would “probably be one of the most epic world championship we have ever seen.”