Steeplechase is a 3000 meter event where runners compete against each other and themselves as they take on hurdles through a long distance. It may seem easy and simple at first but as you get exhausted from the run, you then have to hit the hurdles properly or else it can get real ugly to say the least. From bruised faces to broken ankles, this sport is not one to take likely. But where exactly did Steeplechase begin?
Steeplechase began on the British Isles, where horses and their riders raced from one town to the next; hurdling the low stoned fences that separated each town. Soon after, since 1860, it developed over time into the sport we know today. This event is now dominated by the Kenyans who first took the gold medal in the 1968 Olympics - the first ever Kenyan medal. Since then, the Kenyans have medaled in every Steeplechase. As of recent, the great Ezekiel Kemboi from Kenya has shown his dominance in the event and looks to tack in another gold medal after last year’s win in the London Games. One person has his number however is France's two-time Olympic silver medalist Mahiedine Mekhissi
Tomorrow, we will see if Kemboi has what it takes to bring home another medal for his country of Kenya. With four Kenyans in the race maybe they can pull in a repeat of taking all the medals like the 2004 Olympics. Stay here at Sneaker Report as we will bring you more from the games.