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Ezekiel Kemboi Charged With Stabbing

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 3, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM UTC
World champion steeplechase runner Ezekiel Kemboi is in trouble with authorities in Kenya. Photo: Getty Images

The Olympic gold medalist maintains his innocence.

He’s the king of the steeplechase, but that doesn’t mean Ezekiel Kemboi is immune to controversy. Police in Kenya have charged Kemboi, who won gold in the 2004 Olympics, with the stabbing of a woman.

Kemboi has denied the wrongdoing.

The wounded woman’s name is Ann Njeri Otieno and she says that Kemboi stabbed her after she denied his sexual advances.

“I asked him why he had locked the doors, but he said he wanted to have sex with me. I refused, and told him I cannot have sex with someone I had only known for two weeks,” said Njeri.

Besides his Olympic gold, Kemboi prevailed at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics last summer in Daegu, South Korea.

Kemboi’s take on the assault is that Otieno and two other attackers tried to rob him and that the attackers were the ones who accidentally stabbed her during the scuffle.

A hearing has been scheduled for September 25.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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