Tuesday April 22 2014

World steeplechase champ Kemboi to attend Uspa gala


KAMPALA- World and Olympic steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi will be a special guest at Saturday’s annual Nile Special/Uspa gala awards.

The reigning Kenyan Sportsman of the Year, is arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time having won each and every honour in the 3,000m steeplechase in a decade.

“I have always liked Ugandan people, their lifestyle and music,” said Kemboi, the 31-year-old water-jump race king, yesterday.

Likewise, Uspa president Mark Namanya was thrilled by Kemboi’s consent to grace the awards ceremony slated for the Imperial Royale Hotel.

“The Uspa gala is such a rich social function that we felt it fitting to host one of the greatest athletes of all time. What Kemboi has accomplished in steeplechase over the last decade speaks volumes and it will be both an honour and privilege to have him with us on Saturday as a special international guest,” he said.

Kemboi won gold at 2004 and 2012 Olympics and has won three gold medals at the 2009, 2011 and 2013 World Championships. His personal best of 7:55.76 over the seven-and-a-half laps places him as the sixth fastest of all time. He is one of only three men to have won both Olympic and World golds in the event, along with Reuben Kosgei and Brimin Kipruto.