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Stories, articles and profiles in Kenyan athletics

Wilson Kiprugut: The man who started Kenya’s medal rush

Introduction The nation of Kenya has an illustrious record at the Olympics. As of 2020, Kenya has hauled 103 medals at the Summer Olympics, the highest in Africa. The man who started the medal rush was Wilson Kiprugut , popularly … Continue reading

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Charles Gitonga’s moment of glory

Background Charles Gitonga ranks among the best sprinters Kenya has ever produced. His personal best of 44.20 in the 400m, recorded in Nairobi,  is the second fastest ever by a Kenyan. No European has ever run that fast. As we … Continue reading

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Remembering James Maina Boi

  Background Aside from the 3000m steeplechase, the 800m is the event where Kenya has produced a dizzying array of talents who have gone on to conquer the world. Among the athletes who brought fame to Kenya in this event … Continue reading

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2016 Olympics: Kenya’s best performance yet

Background Kenya ended the 2016 Olympics ended Olympics with a medal haul of 6 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze, arguably Kenya’s best performance yet, only rivaled by 2008 when Kenya hauled 6 gold 4 silver and 4 bronze. Jemima … Continue reading

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Kenya at the 2012 Olympics: Rudisha sets world record, Kemboi gains redemption

Background The 2012 Summer Olympics were held from 27 July to 12 August in London, United Kingdom. After a stellar performance in 2008, the 2012 games were a relative letdown as Kenya ended with 2 gold 4 silver and 7 … Continue reading

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2008 Olympics: Jelimo and Lagat first Kenyan female gold medalists

Background The 2008 Olympics were held in Beijing China from August  8 to 24 August. Kenya won 6 gold 4 silver and 6 bronze. A total of 16 medals. That was good enough for second position in the Athletics medal … Continue reading

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2004 Olympics: Kenya sweeps the steeplechase

Background The 2004 Summer Olympics were held in Athens Greece from 13 to 29 August. Kenya finished with 1 gold 4 silver and 2 bronze. The 2004 games came at a time when a test for EPO had just been … Continue reading

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Kenya at the 2000 Olympics: Brilliant gold for Noah Ngeny and Reuben Kosgei

Background The 2000 Olympics were held in Sydney Australia from 15 September and 1 October. Kenya finished with 2 gold 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. 1500m: Shock win for Noah Ngeny Prior to this race, Morocco’s Hicham El Guerrouj … Continue reading

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1996 Olympics: Pauline Konga first Kenyan woman to win medal

Background The 1996 Summer Olympics were held from July 19 to August 4 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Kenya won 1 gold 4 silver and 3 bronze in what was considered a below par performance by the country. The 1996 games … Continue reading

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Kenya at the 1992 Olympics

Background The 1992 Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona, Spain from 25 July to 9 August. Kenya finished with 2 gold 4 silver and 2 bronze medals, all from athletics. These games marked the first time since 1968 that Kenya … Continue reading

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