Kemboi disqualified on his swansong, Mekhissi gets bronze

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Two-time Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi lost his bronze medal that he won on August 17, 2016 in Rio for lane infringement. PHOTO | AFP
Two-time Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi lost his bronze medal that he won on August 17, 2016 in Rio for lane infringement. PHOTO | AFP

Two-time Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi late Wednesday lost his Rio Olympics 3000m steeplechase bronze medal for a lane infringement.

The decision, arrived at over six hours after the race, means Frenchman Mahiedine Mekhissi moves from fourth to bronze medal in the official standings.

Kemboi had finished third in the race won by his compatriot Conseslus Kipruto in a new Olympic time of 8:03:28 with American Evan Jager finishing second for silver.

Kemboi, who won gold in 2004 Athens and 2012 London, announced his retirement from athletics immediately after the race.

-nation.co.ke

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