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Stories, articles and profiles in Kenyan athletics

Memory Lane : Kipchoge Keino eclipses American legend

Background At the 1968 Olympics, the most highly anticipated race was the contest between American legend Jim Ryun and the Kenyan legend Kipchoge Keino. So highly anticipated was this race that prior to the Olympics, it was JIm Ryun and  … Continue reading

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Exit to the road races decimates Kenya’s running corps

During the 2012 Olympics and again during the 2013 World Athletics championships fans of Kenyan athletics and to a certain extent their Ethiopian counterparts watched in disbelief and amazement as British runner Mo Farah outfoxed his East African counterparts and … Continue reading

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Memory Lane: Paul Kipkoech provides master class in tactics

In September of 1987, Kenya went to the world championships with absolutely no expectations of any medals from fans. Remember that the previous world championships were held in 1983. Not only did Kenya not win any medals at all, but … Continue reading

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Kenyan high jumpers still in the stone age

  If you attend any Kenyan athletics meet at secondary school level, you will be amazed at the sheer athleticism and leaping ability of the high jumpers. However you will be dismayed to find that their technique leaves a lot … Continue reading

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Ezekiel Kemboi: One of the all time greats

When people think of Ezekiel Kemboi, they primarily think about his celebratory gyrations. But mostly he is simply considered the next in a long line of excellent Kenyan steeplechase runners. Thanks to the likes of Kemboi, Kenya has won all … Continue reading

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Billy Konchellah: Two Lap Legend

Billy Konchellah is one of the greatest 800m runners in the history of the event, The highlights of his career include winning two world championship gold medals and an All African games gold medal, all while battling athma and tuber-culosis. … Continue reading

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Kenyan Sprinters: A historical perspective

In the world of sports, Kenya is primarily known as a nation that produces middle and long distance runners. So dominant are Kenyan runners that many people have come to expect that all Kenyans are predisposed towards distance running and … Continue reading

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Kenya’s complete and utter dominance of the marathon in 2011

2011 has become a banner year for Kenyan marathoners. In 2011, Kenya is dominating the marathon in a manner that no country has ever dominated any sporting event. Not only did Patrick Makau break the world record, but the top … Continue reading

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Paul Tergat: Kenya’s greatest cross country runner

A soldier in the Kenya Airforce, Tergat’s claim to fame is that He won the world cross country championships 5 times. Tergat also held the world 10,000 metres record and won silver medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and … Continue reading

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Henry Rono: Kenya’s greatest track athlete

Henry Rono is arguably the most talented long distance runner Kenya has ever produced. And that is saying a lot considering how much talent Kenya has produced over the years. He was born in 1952 in Nandi hills.He had been … Continue reading

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