Kemboi May Shift Focus To Marathons

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 7, 2012
  • Updated Aug. 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM UTC
Ezekiel Kemboi may be moving up in distance to the marathon. Photo:

The Olympic steeplechase gold-medal winner might be moving to the roads.

As if Kenya doesn’t have enough top-tier marathon talent, the East African running powerhouse will be getting some more. His name is Ezekiel Kemboi.

Upon taking steeplechase gold with a blazing 8:18.58 at these London Games, Kemboi spoke to the press. He recounted all his international medals and when he finished his speech, he said, “Finishing in lane eight indicates that I will move up to the marathon!”

Kemboi had previously mentioned the marathon, but this time, he sounded more serious.”I will have to consult my coach first,” he said.

Kemboi’s coach is the former world-record holder in the steeplechase, Moses Kiptanui.

After Kemboi won his gold medal, he did a victory dance. ”I had done that in similar style in Daegu a year ago and then I got the nickname, Mini Bolt’,” he said. “My dancing show is a bit different to his – it is mini.”

Kemboi is just the second steeplechase runner in history to win two Olympic gold medals.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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