28 Aug '16, 4am

Kemboi DQ discussed by Mekhissi-Benabbad with Chris Lotsbom, #raceresultsweekly, #parisDL

Kemboi DQ discussed by Mekhissi-Benabbad with Chris Lotsbom, #raceresultsweekly, #parisDL

PHOTO : French steeplechaser Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad in advance of the 2016 Meeting de Paris (photo by Chris Lotsbom for Race Results Weekly), used with permission. Part of the irony of Rio 2016 was the plethora of disqualifications. The Men's 5000 meters was an absolute joke. But, the travesty, in my mind was the disqualification of Ezekiel Kemboi in the steeplechase. I have reviewed the race nearly a dozen times and can not see how Kemboi's actions interfered with Mekhissi-Benabbad, the bad boy steeplechaser of French athletics. "Common sense", as Mark Twain noted 120 years ago, "is just not that common anymore." It is a travesty that Ezekiel Kemboi did not get the bronze medal he deserved. I like Mekhissi-Benabbad. He is as French as they come. I think he is a tremendously talented athlete, and love his fearless racing. I am not trying to disparage Mekhissi-Benabbad...

Full article: http://www.runblogrun.com/2016/08/mekhissi-benabbad-respo...

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