Stay in Bristol Helps Kenyan Star Regain Olympic Title

Bristol helped: Olympic Champion Ezekiel Kemboi says the short training spell he had in Britain was key: Ezekiel Kemboi has defended the decision to camp in Bristol before this Olympics, which kicked a storm among the majority of Kenyan athletes who preferred training at Kenyan high altitude venues. Making remarks during a post-race press conference, moments after reclaiming the 3,000m steeplechase title on Sunday 5th August 2012, Kemboi, 30, said the brief spell he spent in Bristol helped him reclaim the title. “I know weather in Europe fluctuates between warm and cold and my brief training in Bristol was meant to get the feel of the conditions here. It helped me a lot because I already knew what to expect,” said Kemboi.

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Bristol & West Athletic Club were delighted to see him here and Steve Mitchell and Andrew Woods had an unforgettable experience running a session with him at Whitehall Athletics Arena on Sunday 15th July 2012.