Odd couple - Ezekiel Kemboi, Mahiedine Mekhissi - set for new steeplechase duel

Mahiedine Mekhissi, who has only once finished in front of Ezekiel Kemboi in a final when he took the silver in the 2008 Olympics while the Kenyan could only finish seventh, summed up the nature of their friendship after their race at the Paris Diamond League meeting in July.

updated: August 14, 2013 10:23 IST
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Moscow: Kenyan steeplechase great Ezekiel Kemboi jumping into the arms of France's two-time Olympic silver medalist Mahiedine Mekhissi after regaining his Olympic title last year was one of the images of the London Games.

Their close friendship will have to be set aside for the fourth time in a major championship final when they line-up on Thursday at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow.

But both acknowledge that, whatever the result, their relationship will be as strong as ever.

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