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 known as “Chuma” who won a bronze medal in the 800 metres at the 1964 Olympics.

Background


Kiprugut as a young soldier

1962 British Commonwealth and Empire Games

1964 Olympics: First ever medal for Kenya


Kiprugut in the 1964 Olympic final

1965: Double Gold Medal

1966 and 1968: Silver medals

 

Retirement


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