Kenya’s 3000-metre steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi always pulls some memorable funny stunts each time he is participating in the Olympic games.
last time, he chose a mohawk hairstyle and the famous Chepchumba dance.
This time in the Rio olympics games he made another statement, leaving his fans across the globe with something to talk about after launching what he described as a Mwai-Kibaki hairstyle.
He allegedly opted for the hairstyle in a hope to win in the 3,000-metre steeplechase race on Wednesday at 5.50pm, Kenyan time.
After unveiling the haircut, many expressed their disapproval for the new look while a large percentage of his fans urged him to ensure he grabs the gold medal to avoid a double embarrassment.
And did he? Well, the veteran got disqualified from the Olympics Steeplechase finals, after hours of receiving a bronze for the country.
Radio France Internationale said the tough decision was reached following a Frenchman Mahiedine Mekhissi appealed his bronze win successfully, citing breaking of lane rules.
This was after a jury confirmed that, in a video of the race, Kemboi but had stepped outside the track on the curved part before the home straight after he cleared a water jump.
Due to the decision, Kemboi’s bronze medal was to be bestowed on Mekhissi – a French athlete – who came in fourth during the race.
The steeplechase champion already announced that he was retiring from the track before the incident.
Kemboi has had a very remarkable career, winning 22 medals for Kenya. If Kemboi had won his rivals, he would have earned Kenya the fourth gold medal after Faith Kipyegon won the third in the Women’s 1500M.
However, Kenyans miss him already despite the dark outcome. President Uhuru Kenyatta praised him on Twitter, saying that it’s always a joy to cheer Kemboi who is part of his Presidential Security team. “He has been patriotic to the finish line,” the president adds.
— President of Kenya (@PresidentKE) August 17, 2016
— Steve Muuo (@SteveMuuo) August 17, 2016
Let us just say we really missed Ezekiel Kemboi's dance. As he retires he has made Kenya proud #KEN
— Kiruthu Lucy (@KiruthuLucy) August 17, 2016