Kenya

Athletics in Kenya
For an African country to win such a large number of medals at both the Olympics and the World Championships (currently 151, including 53 golds) is a fantastic achievement, espceially considering they have only contested less than half of all Olympic Games hosted. It is even more impressive when taking into account they almost exclusively concentrate on distance running as a nation.

Kip Keino was among the first Kenyans to become a recognised name in middle and long distance running, winning Olympic gold in both 1968 (1500m) and 1972 (3000m Steeplechase) as well as two silvers. Since then, names such as Paul Tergat, Paul Bitok, Douglas Wakiihuri, Catherne Ndereba and Paul Ereng, to name just a few, have carried on the great tradition of producing Kenyan world-beaters on the track and also the road.


Magical Moment

With so many to choose from, it really is difficult to pick out a single performance however one has extra-special significance. No man had ever broken the 8-minute barrier in the 3000mSC until Moses Kiptanui ran 7:59.18 on 16 August 1995 to lower his own World Record, which was set three years earlier in the same city (Zurich). Kiptanui also set a 5000m World Record in 1995 (12:55.30).


Current Stars

The 800m World Record Holder, David Rudisha, is one of the greats having twice broken the record within a single week in 2010 then further lowered his mark when winning gold at London 2012. Vivian Cheruiyot won double gold in Daegu at the World Championships (5000m/10,000m) and is the third fastest in history over 5000m. Ezekiel Kemboi has won medals at the past five World Champs including golds in 2009 and 2011 as well as at the 2012 Olympics. Kenya has the fastest woman ever over the Half Marathon - Mary Keitany.



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