Log Out Evan Jager (USA) and Ezekiel Kemboi (KEN) in the 3,000 steeplechase.(Photo: Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports) Mekhissi-Benabbad’s filed a post-race appeal claiming that Kemboi committed a lane violation.
It was upheld by the International Association of Athletics Federation, the sport’s governing body, which cited Kemboi for an “infringement of the inside border.” While the IAAF found that Kemboi had committed a violation, it is unclear what impact — if any — it had on the final times.
Kemboi finished with a time of 8:08.47, more than three seconds faster than Mekhissi-Benabbad’s fourth-place time.
Another Kenyan, Conseslus Kipruto, (8:03.28) set an Olympic Record in taking gold.
The USA’s Evan Jager won silver, becoming the first American male to medal in the event since the 1984 Los Angeles Games.