Ezekiel Kemboi

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Ezekiel Kemboi
Ezekiel Kemboi Moscow 2013.jpg
Kemboi on the 2013 World Championships in Athletics
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Competitor for  Kenya
Olympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens 3000 m st.
Gold 2012 London 3000 m st.
World Championships
Gold 2009 Berlin 3000 m st.
Gold 2011 Daegu 3000 m st.
Gold 2013 Moscow 3000 m st.
Silver 2003 Paris 3000 m st.
Silver 2005 Helsinki 3000 m st.
Silver 2007 Osaka 3000 m st.
Commonwealth Games
Gold 2006 Melbourne 3000 m st.
Silver 2002 Manchester 3000 m st.
Silver 2010 Delhi 3000 m st.
Bronze 2014 Glasgow 3000 m st.

Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi (born May 25, 1982) is a Kenyan athlete, winner of the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2009 World Championships, the 2011 World Championships, the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2013 World Championships. His 3000 m steeplechase best of 7:55.76 set at Monaco in 2011 places him as the sixth fastest of all time.[1] 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 and fellow Kenyan Moses Kiptanui are the only athletes to win three (successive) world championships.

Biography[edit]

Born in Matira, near Kapsowar, Marakwet District. Kemboi graduated from Kapsowar Boys Secondary School in 1999. He did not take up athletics until after he left school, but was spotted by Paul Ereng and won the African Junior Championships in 2001 despite falling.[2]

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 grueling 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 absence of Shaheen – The Kenyan Olympic Committee refused to waive the three-year eligibility delay for established athletes who switch nationalities – Kemboi rose to a main favourite status at the Athens Olympics. The race went very much according to form, with the three Kenyans Kemboi, Brimin Kipruto and Paul Kipsiele Koech pushing the pace from the second lap and soon leaving the rest of the field behind and Kemboi winning a gold medal 0.3 seconds ahead of Kipruto in a Kenyan sweep.

In August 2005 he won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, 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.[2]

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.

He took to the road races of Italy in August 2010, beating Peter Kimeli to the tape to win the Corribianco race in Bianco,[3] then taking the honours at the 8.5-kilometre Amatrice-Configno.[4]

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

Kemboi won the gold medal for Kenya in the 3000m Steeplechase in London 2012.[5][6] Kemboi won in a time of eight minutes 18.56 seconds.[7]

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

Personal life[edit]

Kemboi is managed by Enrico Dionisi. Since 2002 he has owned a 50-acre (200,000 m2) farm near Moi's Bridge, Trans-Nzoia District.[2] He is married to Jane Kemboi with two sons. Since 2009 he has been coached by Moses Kiptanui, who is also his neighbour [8]

His participation in the 2012 Olympics was initially put in doubt when he was charged with assault in June 2012, after a woman claimed he stabbed her after she refused his sexual advances.[9]

Achievements[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 3000 Metres Steeplechase All Time. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-10.
  2. ^ a b c IAAF, August 24, 2004: Focus on Athletes – Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN)
  3. ^ Kemboi and Kalovics win Corribianco road race. IAAF (2010-08-08). Retrieved on 2010-0*-10.
  4. ^ Amatrice: vince Kemboi, 11° Baldini. FIDAL. Retrieved on 2010-08-28.
  5. ^ "London Olympics: Ezekiel Kemboi regains steeplechase gold". The Times Of India. Retrieved 06-08-2012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19141802 Olympic athletics: Kemboi wins gold in 3,000m steeplechase
  7. ^ http://london2012.bbc.co.uk/athletics/event/men-3km-steeplechase/phase=atm033100/index.html Men's 3000m Steeplechase Results
  8. ^ The Standard, August 21, 2009: Kemboi thanks family after golden triumph in Berlin
  9. ^ BBC, 28 June 2012: Kenyan athlete Ezekiel Kemboi charged over stabbing

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
David Rudisha
Kenyan Sportsman of the Year
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent