London, UK- Ezekiel Kemboi won Kenya’s first gold medal in track and field at the London Olympics after he came in first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase here today.
Meanwhile, Roba Gari of Ethiopia finished fourth in 8:20.0.
The two-time world champion won his second Olympic title in 8:18.56. His first victory came in eight years earlier at the Athens Olympics.
European champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France took silver in 8:19.08 and African champion Abel Mutai of Kenya took bronze in 8:19.73..
Mahom Mesfin, Ethiopia’s other representative, finished a disappointing 12th place in 8:35.12.
Men’s 1,500 Semi-Finals
Mekonnen Gebremedhin of Ethiopia advances to the final of the men’s 1,500m on Tuesday after he finished 3rd in Heat 1 of the men’s 1,500m semi-finals here today.