Kemboi will not be doing his legendary dance this time round!
A few hours after celebrating his win with fellow countryman and gold medallist Conseslus Kipruto who came in first place during the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, Ezekiel Kemboi was disqualified after France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad filed a formal complaint citing lane infringement by Kemboi.
“The Jury of Appeal met and examined the video of the race, confirming that KEMBOI, after clearing a water jump, had stepped outside the track on the curved part before the home straight. Kemboi is disqualified under Rule 163.3d (Lane infringement).” Wrote letsrun.com
Basically, Kemboi was disqualified for stepping on the outer part of the track! At the end of the day, rules are rules!
Kenyans have expressed their disappointment on Twitter:
pole sana kemboi.youve been training this for years alafu unakua disqualified
— Black Prince (@liam254) August 18, 2016
Disqualified or not, Ezekiel Kemboi is still the greatest steeplechase champion of all time. #GOAT
— JR (@jairaita) August 18, 2016
Kemboi disqualified. France fucking snitches
— Mo (@ArsenalMartyr) August 17, 2016
Oh wow. Kemboi disqualified? 😕
— Ninja Samurai (忍者) (@verbstract) August 17, 2016
Kemboi did his best. Its unfortunate you were disqualified. Success without successors is for funeral. Grow others #newscentre #bettyMkyallo
— Joe Mwangi (@joemwangi) August 18, 2016
Kemboi, who announced an early retirement shortly after the race, has had a change of heart and decided not to retire without bringing back home another medal. He took to his Facebook page to announce the news:
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.