Ezekiel Kemboi’s disqualification in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase Olympic final has come as a blessing in disguise.
Prior to the race, the two time Olympic champion had his mind set on retiring and even had a haircut to match. He gave it his all in the race, coming in third behind Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto and USA’s Evan Jager.
Content with the bronze, Kemboi announced that we would never see him on the tracks again. But that was until France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad filed a formal complaint which saw Kemboi disqualified and stripped of his medal.
On Thursday, he got Kenyans excited after announcing that he is no longer retired and will be returning in the London 2017 IAAF Championships to reclaim his medal from France.
“I had opted to retire right after the Olympics only if i had come home with this medal….now i feel that i have to bring back this medal not by protesting again but right on track. Kemboi is not retired i will be coming to London 2017 to re-claim my medal from France. No limits,” wrote Kemboi on his Facebook page.
That’s the Kenyan fighting spirit right there!!