Boniface Mucheru Tumuti has made history by becoming the first Kenyan runner ever to win an Olympic medal in the 400m hurdles. He came second to Kerron Clement of the USA, running in 47.78, his personal best and the new Kenyan record.


Boniface ran a blistering race from start to finish, keeping up well with Clement and Yasmani Copello of Turkey, as well as Kenyan compatriot Haron Koech. However, with Koech fading in the final 100m, Mucheru pushed hard and nearly caught up with the American gold medallist, losing to him in 0.05 seconds. Copello came third in 47.92, while Koech eventually finished seventh in 49.09.

It was a nervous start to the race, when one of the favourites and Olympic Bronze medallist, Javier Culson, made a false start and ended up getting disqualified, leaving him in tears.

This is the first time ever Kenya has won an Olympic medal in the 400m hurdles. Kenya won silver in the 4 x 400m Relay at the 1968 Olympics and gold in the same event in 1972, as well as bronze in 1972 and 1992 in 400m.

Congratulations, Mucheru. Kenya is proud