Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) of Kenya and Evan Jager (USA) of USA react after the race REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

After Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi was disqualified from the Olympic Games men's 3,000m steeplechase on Wednesday for stepping off the track, Kenyans went to social media to express their sentiments.

Many felt that the disqualification of “Baba Yao” wasn’t fair on his part and that of Kenya,  others  however, said that perhaps the athlete had had an idea of his ‘mistake’ during the race.

“Ezekiel Kemboi may have noted his mistake that's why he did not go for gold,” said one Kechem

But most of the comments made by KOT acknowledged the iconic mark the Olympic Champion had made in 3000 metres steeplechase over the years. “Ezekiel Kemboi is still the steeple chaser of all time. Stripping him off his bronze medal cannot change that.  #IstandWithKemboi” posted one paulo ‏@pauloanyika :

In their statement, IAAF said that a protest had been presented by the French team after the 3000m steeplechase men final against Kenyan athlete Ezekiel Kemboi ... claiming he had stepped off the track,"

They later announced that Kemboi had in fact been disqualified

Here’s is what Kenyans said after IAAF announced the news:

Lav ‏@AsegoLav : These IOC guys take this "stay in your lane" thing kinda seriously huh ????????????!!!! Oh well Ezekiel Kemboi you still are the greatest ???????????????? #KEN

Davykibz ‏@DavieKibz: i told yah that Ezekiel kemboi style would bring disappointment see now

Trayvon Martin ‏@iKipkoech : Ezekiel Kemboi still a legend.... #Kenyanthletics

???yαη™ ‏@bryanris : Disappointment as Ezekiel Kemboi is Disqualified and Bronze Given To French Athlete

PowerOfShe ‏@sande_miss : EYOOOH France you can take the  Bronze from EZEKIEL KEMBOI but he is still The KING!!!! BABA YAO we are so very Proud of you ????????????????????

Kechem™ ‏@RonohKechem : Ezekiel Kemboi may have noted his mistake that's why he did not go for gold

paulo ‏@pauloanyika : Ezekiel Kemboi is still the steeple chaser of all time. Stripping him off his bronze medal cannot change that.  #IstandWithKemboi

Moses Koech ‏@KoechEsq : Methinks Ezekiel Kemboi knew his was going to be a contested medal that's why he didn't fight Jager

Arnoldi ‏@arnoldi254: Some should tell France a bronze medal won't steal Ezekiel Kemboi  legacy

Grace Waithira ‏@neemawaithira: How sad that Ezekiel Kemboi was disqualified. But thank God it wasn't for doping. Kenyans still rule #RepresentingAfrica

? ‏@ClemoFrank :#Rio2016 just humiliated Ezekiel Kemboi by taking away his medal

But still he is and will always be a hero and a legend for #TeamKenya

? ‏@Just_a_KenN : Ezekiel Kemboi Losing his Olympics medal makes no different, 18 years a Steeplechaser, makes him the best ever #Legend