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Stories, articles and profiles in Kenyan athletics

Kenya at the 1984 Olympics: Julius Korir’s moment of brilliance

Background The 1984 Summer Olympics were held in Los Angeles, California, USA from July 28 to August 12. Kenya was returning to the Olympics after a 12 year hiatus, having boycotted the 1976 Olympics and the 1980 Olympics. The rustiness … Continue reading

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1980: Kenya’s boycotts Olympics and goes to Liberty Bell Classic

Background The 1980 Summer Olympics boycott was initiated by the United States to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Kenya’s participation was ill-advised for a number of reasons: 1. The boycott had no chance of effecting a change in Soviet … Continue reading

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Kenya’s boycott of the 1976 Olympics

Background The 1976 Olympic games were held in Montreal Canada from July 17 to August 1.. Twenty-nine countries including Kenya boycotted the Games due to the refusal of the IOC to ban New Zealand, after the New Zealand national rugby … Continue reading

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1972 Olympics: Relay gold for Kenya, Keino cements legacy

Background The 1972 Summer Olympics were held in Munich, West Germany, from 26 August to 11 September 1972. 3000m Steeplechase: Keino and Jipcho win gold and silver Kipchoge Keino proved himself one of the most versatile athletes in history when … Continue reading

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1968 Olympics: Kenya emerges as a distance running giant

Background The 1968 Summer Olympics were held in Mexico City, Mexico, from October 12 to the 27th.These Olympics were the most memorable Olympics in history. Firstly there was the black power salute given by two American runners Tommie Smith and … Continue reading

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Kenya at the 1964 Olympics

Background The 1964 Summer Olympics, was held in Tokyo, Japan, from 10 to 24 October 1964. This was Kenya’s first Olympiad after gaining independence. Kenyan Pioneer: Wilson Kiprugut Chuma takes Kenya’s first Olympic Medal. In 1959, Kiprugut became a soldier … Continue reading

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Kenya finishes second at the 2019 world athletics championships

  Kenya performed brilliantly at the 2019 world athletics championships. They finished second behind perennial winners the United States Medal Table RANK COUNTRY TOTAL 1 UNITED STATES 14 11 4 29 2 KENYA 5 2 4 11 3 JAMAICA 3 … Continue reading

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Kenya at the 2017 World Athletics

Background The 2017 IAAF World Championships were held from 4 to 13 August at London Stadium in London, UK. Kenya finished second in the medal table with 11 medals: 5 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze. 1500m: Managoi and Cheruiyot … Continue reading

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2015 World Athletics championships: Kenya tops the table

Background The 2015 IAAF World Championships was the fifteenth edition of the IAAF World Championships. They were held from 22 to 30 August at the National Stadium in Beijing, China. The 2015 edition marked the first time that Kenya finished … Continue reading

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Kenya at the 2013 World championships: Surprise wins for Eunice Sum and Milcah Chemos

Background The 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics was held in Moscow, Russia, from August 10 to August 18 2013.  Kenya finished third overall in the standings with 12 medals: 5 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze. The highlights included … Continue reading

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