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Introducing Kenya’s Olympic Medallists

Kenya’s Olympic Medallists: 1964 – 2016 is our new book, and as the title implies, is a book about every Kenyan who has ever won an Olympic Medal. In this book, we feature each of the medallists, giving a brief bio of every athlete. By reading it, you learn a little about each of these athletes. We feature every athlete’s date of birth, special event, medal summary and a bio, with specific focus on their Olympic achievement. Kenya is, by far, Africa’s most successful country at the Olympics, winning a total of 100 (31 gold, 38 silver and 31 bronze) medals. Since Kenya’s first participated at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, the country has won at least one medal at the 1964 Olympics, apart from the boycotted games in 1976 and 1980 games in Montreal and Moscow respectively. This book will be available on the Athletics of Kenya Store and on Amazon in soft copy, and within outlets in Nairobi in hard copy. Payment for the book has been made easy. You can purchase it easily using any of the Kenyan mobile payment systems (MPESA, Airtel Money, Yu Money), Paypal, MasterCard or Visa. You can also order and have a copy delivered to you within Nairobi free of charge, and with shipping fees depending on where you are in the world. If you’d like a copy signed by...

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Five Highs and Five Lows: The Olympic Report, Part II

In Part I of this report, we discussed the good that came out of the previous Olympic games. In Part II, we jump right into The Lows 1. Corruption I have to be honest, from the beginning. It’s very difficult to write about the management of athletics in Kenya without getting a bit emotional. So, if I do get a bit abrasive, I offer no apologies. The truth has got to be said. We treat our athletes, our greatest national heroes and the people who have put us on the global map more than anyone else, like bat droppings. When the Olympic team went to Rio, the level of disorganization was simply staggering. At this point, we are busy pointing fingers at the just disbanded National Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Sports and other bodies, but these are problems that could have been rooted out long before the Olympics came along. Kenya’s track record when it comes to corruption is perhaps as colourful as our record on the running track, and after the saga that nearly led to our disqualification from the Rio 2016 Games for doping, we should have been sufficiently angry. We were not. We let things fester, and the corruption that has infected and festered at the Ministry of Sports, Athletics Kenya and the National Olympic Committee is finally seeping through and dripping it’s smelliness onto...

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Five Highs, Five Lows: Kenya’s Olympic Report Part I

Medal Table GOLD SILVER BRONZE 1.       David Rudisha 1.       Boniface Mucheru Tumuti 1.       Margaret Wambui 2.       Conseslus Kipruto 2.       Julius Yego 3.       Eliud Kipchoge 3.       Paul Tanui 4.       Faith Kipyegon 4.       Helen Obiri 5.       Vivian Cheruiyot 5.       Vivian Cheruiyot 6.       Jemima Sumgong 6.       Hyvin Jepkemoi   Total: 13 medals Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s iconic city – but not the capital, as often mistaken – has provided a colourful, spectacular and intoxicating atmosphere that has completely captivated the world. Brazil put aside all their socio-political difficulties, and united to give the world one of the best Summer Olympic Games ever. Kenya has enjoyed relatively good success at the games, with several highs and lows. Here, we take a look at the top five things that stood out, and five things that we wish we could forget. The Highs 1: Rudisha Delivers As far as expectations go, none had more weight coming into the Olympics like David Rudisha. It was almost a question of whether or not he would break his world record, not whether or not he’d actually win the race. As much as he had serious competition in the shape of Alfred Kipketer, the only man to beat him recently over the distance, Rudisha’s place in history as a double Olympic gold medallist for Kenya was never really under threat. Kipketer pushed him hard for almost 600m, but Rudisha...

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