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Araptany crashes out, Kemboi disqualified in dramatic steeplechase

Araptany falls
Ouch! Araptany hits head on barrier, knocking him out of the race. PHOTO @NBCNewYork

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | 

The Rio Olympic Games men’s 3,000m steeplechase final will be a race to forget for East Africans Jacob Araptany and Ezekiel Kemboi.

Araptany looked comfortable in the leading pack when he slipped as he approached a hurdle as the race entered the finals laps.

Video footage from the incident was not clear if his leg was clipped seconds before he fell.

Right behind him were was Kemboi and Kiprop Kipruto. Kemboi won bronze, but was later disqualified for stepping off the track, promoting France’s Mahiedine Mekhissi to bronze.

Kemboi was the reigning two-time Olympic champion and originally finished third in Wednesday’s race won by his compatriot Conseslus Kipruto.

Mekhissi finished fourth but appealed against Kemboi’s action, resulting in the disqualification and his own promotion.

“A protest was presented by the French team after the 3000m steeplechase men final against Kenyan athlete Ezekiel Kemboi … claiming he had stepped off the track,” said an IAAF statement.

An appeal jury “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.”

Under race rules, runners cannot step off the inside edge of the track when running around bends.




1 2684 Conseslus KIPRUTO KENKEN 8:03.28 OR
2 3076 Evan JAGER USAUSA 8:04.28 SB
3 2430 Mahiedine MEKHISSI FRAFRA 8:11.52 SB
4 2740 Soufiane ELBAKKALI MARMAR 8:14.35 PB
5 2425 Yoann KOWAL FRAFRA 8:16.75 SB
6 2683 Brimin Kiprop KIPRUTO KENKEN 8:18.79 SB
7 3052 Hillary BOR USAUSA 8:22.74 PB
8 3055 Donald CABRAL USAUSA 8:25.81
9 2130 Altobeli DA SILVA BRABRA 8:26.30 PB
10 2200 Matthew HUGHES CANCAN 8:36.83
11 2340 Yemane HAILESELASSIE ERIERI 8:40.68
2678 Ezekiel KEMBOI KENKEN DQ R 163.3b
2990 Amor BEN YAHIA TUNTUN DQ R 163.3b

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