Ezekiel Kemboi

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Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi (born May 25, 1982) is a Kenyan athlete, winner of the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2009 World Championships. He became African Junior Champion in 2001 and came to prominence with a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Kemboi established himself as one the world's foremost steeplechasers with a win at the 2003 All-Africa Games, a silver at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, and then becoming the 2004 Olympic Champion. Over the next three years he obtained two more world silver medals and won at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

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 gold medal) and took silver at the 2010 African Championships the following year. His 3000 m steeplechase best of 7:58.85 places him as the seventh fastest of all time.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-10. 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.


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 in spite of falling.IAAF, August 24, 2004:...
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