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