KEMBOI Ezekiel < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Kenya   
Gender Men
Born 25 May 1982 in Matira, KEN
Height1.67 m
Weight 52 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wives Jane and Naomi, sons Dennis, Victor and Ian
Residence Nairobi, KEN
Occupation Athlete, Police Officer
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up running after completing school in 1999.
Why this sport? He wanted to compete in steeplechase to emulate Moses Kiptanui and William Mutwol, who also came from Marakwet, Kenya. In 2001 he entered and won an Athletics Kenya steeplechase in Kakamega. His performance attracted the attention of coach Paul Ereng, who invited him to train at the High Altitude Training Centre in Eldoret, Kenya.
Club / Team Kenya Police: Kenya
Name of coach Moses Kiptanui [personal], KEN
General Interest
Injuries He qualified for the 3000m steeplechase final at the 2010 National Championships in Kenya, but could not take part in the race after a stray hammer injured his foot. (IAAF, 18 Aug 2015)
Awards and honours He was named the 2013 African Male Athlete of the Year by all-athletics.com. (all-athletics.com, 03 Jan 2014)

He was named the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year by Athletics Kenya. (nation.co.ke, 29 Nov 2013)

In 2004 he received the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya. (allafrica.com, 14 Dec 2004)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (michezoafrika.com, 24 Aug 2015)
Other information RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive athletics following the final of the 3000m steeplechase at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He had finished in the bronze medal position in the race but was later disqualified for stepping off the track. (ONS, 18 Aug 2016)

OCCUPATION
He has worked as a presidential escort for Kenya Police. (mygov.go.ke, 02 Sep 2015)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2015 he was appointed to the Athletes' Commission of the International Association of Athletics Federations [IAAF]. (standardmedia.co.ke, 27 Nov 2015)