Ezekiel KEMBOI

Kenya KEN

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 2004
  • Year of Birth
    1982
Olympic Results

Biography

Ezekiel KEMBOI

A double Olympic champion and three-time world champion, Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi has become a dominant force in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase.

The land of champions

Ezekiel Kemboi hails from Marakwet in Kenya’s Rift Valley, a district that has produced many great steeplechase and distance runners over the years. The son of a farmer and the third of seven children, Ezekiel had numerous interests as a young boy, among them football, the theatre and DJ-ing at school parties.

By the time he turned 18, however, he decided his future lay in athletics. More specifically, he was drawn to the 3,000m steeplechase, having been inspired by the exploits of three-time world champion Moses Kiptanui, himself a Marakwet boy. Blessed with tremendous potential and raw talent, Kemboi soon found himself a top-class mentor in the guise of 1988 Olympic 800m gold medallist Paul Ereng, who introduced him to Kenya’s new altitude training facilities at Eldoret.

A first taste of Olympic gold

Kemboi’s dramatic rise to global prominence began when he won silver at the 2003 IAAF World
Championships in Paris. Subsequently, a series of brilliant performances at international meetings saw him installed as one of the favourites for gold at Athens 2004, a status he duly lived up to. After breaking away from the field with compatriots Brimin Kirputo and Paul Koech on the penultimate lap, Kemboi dashed for home on the back straight of the final 400m to lead his country to its first clean sweep in the event since Barcelona 1992.

Olympic Results

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Rio 2016

#AC r2/2
3,000 metres Steeplechase
3,000 metres Steeplechase Athletics
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London 2012

G
3,000 metres Steeplechase
3,000 metres Steeplechase Athletics
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Beijing 2008

#7
3,000 metres Steeplechase
3,000 metres Steeplechase Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

G
3,000 metres Steeplechase
3,000 metres Steeplechase Athletics