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Ezekiel Kemboi Biography

Ezekiel Kemboi whose full is Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi was born on 25th May 1982. He is a Kenyan policeman and 3000 metres steeplechase athlete. 

Ezekiel Kemboi 3000 m steeplechase best of 7:55.76 set at Monaco in 2011 places him as the sixth fastest of all time. This time is also the fastest non-winning time in history. He is one of only three men to have won both Olympic and World golds in the event, along with Reuben Kosgei and Brimin Kipruto. He is the only multiple gold medalist in both. He is the only athlete to win four (successive) world championships in the steeplechase.

Ezekiel Kemboi Athletic Career

In 1999 after he finished high school, he was spotted by Paul Ereng and in 2001 he won the African Junior Championships despite falling.

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Ezekiel Kemboi became African Junior Champion in 2001 and then in 2002, he finished second at the Commonwealth Games behind compatriot Stephen Cherono. The same year Kemboi was originally fourth at the African Championships in Athletics, but was later awarded bronze after the winner Moroccan Brahim Boulami received a doping suspension.

At the 2003 World Championships, Kemboi had a gruelling battle with former teammate Saif Saeed Shaheen (formerly Stephen Cherono) who represented his new country Qatar, before Shaheen pulled away from the exhausted Kemboi to win by less than a second. Kemboi won the gold medal at the 2003 All-Africa Games.

In August 2005 he won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics again behind Shaheen, and in March 2006 he won the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He finished second at the 2006 African Championships in Athletics, but was disqualified for improper hurdling.[3] At the 2007 World Championships in Athletics he won his third successive silver medal, this time losing to Kipruto.

Ezekiel Kemboi represented Kenya at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but managed only seventh – his worst performance on the global stage. He rebounded with a win at the 2009 World Championships (his first world championship gold medal) after three successive silvers and took silver at the 2010 African Championships the following year behind 2008 bronze medalist Richard Mateelong.

Ezekiel Kemboi took to the road races of Italy in August 2010, beating Peter Kimeli to the tape to win the Corribianco race in Bianco,then taking the honours at the 8.5-kilometre Amatrice-Configno.

He won the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea.

Ezekiel Kemboi won the gold medal for Kenya in the 3000m Steeplechase in London 2012. Kemboi won in a time of eight minutes 18.56 seconds.

In 2013 he added his third straight Gold medal at the World Championships.

In 2015, he took his fourth successive title at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics.

In August 17, 2016, he won a bronze medal for Kenya in the 3000m Steeplechase in Rio Olympics 2016. He then announced his retirement after the win. Kemboi was later that day disqualified for stepping outside of the track. An investigation into the incident was instigated when the French Olympic team complained that the runner had stepped out of the track after his final water jump during the race. The bronze medal was subsequently awarded to French runner Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad.

Ezekiel Kemboi Disqualification

He was disqualified from the Olympic Games 3,000m steeplechase for stepping off the track, promoting France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi to bronze.

Kemboi was the reigning two-time Olympic champion and originally finished third in Wednesday’s race won by his compatriot Conseslus Kipruto.

Mekhissi finished fourth but appealed against Kemboi’s action, resulting in the disqualification and his own promotion.

 Ezekiel Kemboi Achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2001 African Junior Championships Réduit, Mauritius 1st 3000 m s’chase
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 2nd 3000 m s’chase
African Championships Radès, Tunisia 4th 3000 m s’chase
2003 All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 1st 3000 m s’chase
World Championships Paris, France 2nd 3000 m s’chase
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 3000 m s’chase
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st 3000 m s’chase
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd 3000 m s’chase
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 3000 m s’chase
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd 3000 m s’chase
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 1st 3000 m s’chase
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 5th 3000 m s’chase
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 2nd 3000 m steeple
World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd 3000 m s’chase
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 7th 3000 m s’chase
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 3000 m s’chase
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 3000 m s’chase
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 1st 3000 m s’chase
2010 African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 2nd 3000 m s’chase
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 3000 m s’chase
2012 Olympic Games London, England 1st 3000 m s’chase
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 3000 m s’chase
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 3rd 3000 m s’chase
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 1st 3000 m s’chase

Ezekiel Kemboi Family and Children

Ezekiel Kemboi  is married to Jane Kemboi with two sons Dennis and Victor

Ezekiel Kemboi Wealth

Since 2002 Ezekiel Kemboi owned a 50-acre (20 ha) farm near Moi’s Bridge, Trans-Nzoia District Kenya.

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