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Stories, articles and profiles in Kenyan athletics

Doping: Kenya being unfairly lumped with Russia

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Kenya’s reputation as one of the pre-eminent athletics nations has taken a severe beating in the past year. Rumblings about doping in Kenya started to pick up steam when Boston marathon winner Rita Jeptoo was busted for using EPO in … Continue reading

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Kenyan athletes thoroughly dominated in 2015

2015 was a memorable season in Kenyan athletics. Even by Kenya’s illustrious standards it was a season that many Kenyans will remember for a long time and will be recalled often in the annals of history. Kenya leads medal standings … Continue reading

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1988 Olympics: Glancing Peter Rono shocks a world class field

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Background The 1988 Olympics are among the most memorable for Kenyan. In total Kenya ended up with 5 gold medals. Not too many people expected Kenya to excel at these games. They had won only 1 gold medal at the … Continue reading

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Kenyan sprinters rise in 2015

The 2015 will go down as a memorable season for Kenyan sprinters. Whereas Kenya is known for producing more world class distance runners than any other nation, it has generally faired poorly in the shortest distances, especially since the early … Continue reading

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David Rudisha, the greatest 800m runner ever

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya celebrates after winning gold and setting a new world record of 1.40.91 in the Men's 800m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

No country has produced as many excellent two lap runners as Kenya has. In fact if you look at a list of the fastest 800m runners in history, you will find that 50% of them are Kenyan. However the one … Continue reading

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Building a stadium in Eldoret doesn’t make the slightest sense

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Sports cabinet secretary Hassan Wario. Wario recently revealed that plans are at advanced stage for the government to build two stadia as promised in the Jubilee manifesto. “We have already engaged consultants who are finalizing their report on the stadia … Continue reading

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How Gidamis Shahanga was robbed of a gold medal

Gidamis Shahanga, the legendary Tanzanian runner was robbed of a gold medal at the 1983 world athletics championships. Tanzania’s golden era Today in 2015, the world of distance running is thoroughly dominated by two East African Nations, Kenya and Ethiopia. … Continue reading

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The best and worst sports associations in Kenya (2014)

This article uses a KCSE style grading system to review the performance of the major Kenya sports associations in 2014. Points are awarded according to the table below: Grading Scale Participation / Hosting and Performance in international competitions 10 points … Continue reading

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Marion Jones went to prison, so should Kenyan athletes

On March 8, 2008, a tearful Marion Jones was carted off to prison to start a 6 month sentence for lying to investigators about her use of performance enhancing drugs. She had been arguably the most popular athlete. When she … Continue reading

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Kenyan marathoners now own 11 of the 12 fastest times

Following Dennis Kimetto’s superb perfomance at the 2014 Berlin marathon in which Kimetto not only broke the world record, but also became the first man to run under 2:03:00, Kenyans now own 11 out of the top 12 times ever … Continue reading

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