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Kenya (KEN)

Olympic Group National Olympic Committee Kenya
Governing Body Athletcs Kenya
Website www.athleticskenya.org
Olympic Medal Count Gold: 22 Silver: 29 Bronze: 24[1]

Athletics Kenya (AK) is the body governing Athletics in Kenya. It was known as Kenya Amateur Athletics Association (KAAA) until 2002. The federation was founded in colonial Kenya in 1952 by the late Sir Derek Erskine. Athletics Kenya is a member of the IAAF and Confederation of African Athletics. AK organises athletics competitions held in Kenya. It also sends Kenyan teams to international championships. Isaiah Kiplagat is the current chairman of Athletics Kenya. AK is headquartered in Riadha House, next to Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi.

Kenya is a powerful nation in Athletics, but the talent is limited to long and middle distance running. Famous Kenyan runners typically come from districts like Keiyo, Marakwet and Nandi in western Kenya. Almost all of them represent Kalenjin tribes.

The first major international tournament where Kenya participated was the 1954 Commonwealth Games, in Cardiff, but Kenya did not win any medals.

Kenyan Championships, held in summer, are used to pick athletes for major international championships. Top Kenyan athletes usually attend the event, since those who skip it are likely miss major championships as well. Since Kenyan runners mostly compete in Europe, national championships is the only event where local spectators can see them competing.

Other competitions organised by AK include series of track and cross-country meetings and number of road races.

Kenya hosts three annual marathon events. Nairobi Marathon is the youngest, but is now leading in competitivity and participation. Others are Mombasa Marathon and Great Lake Marathon, which is held in Kisumu. Additionally, there is a competition known as a Lewa Marathon, which involves the distances of a full (42 km) and a half marathon, but it is a cross-country race and thus cannot be classified as a marathon. Nevertheless, the half marathon event of Lewa Marathon has allured many Kenyan international runner and the event has been won by Paul Tergat, Catherine Ndereba and Joyce Chepchumba in recent years.

Many Kenyan runners affiliate themselves with governmental organisations like Army, Prisons or Police, which provide livelihood as well as quality training. In addition there are several deserving private athetics clubs, like Mfae (based in Nyahururu) and Kiptenden (based in Kericho).

Athletics Kenya operates an Athletics Museum in Riadha House, Nairobi. The museum was opened on November 1, 2006 [1].

AK was awarded the 2006 Kenyan Sports Federation of the Year award[2].

Contents

2008 Olympics

The following athletes have been selected for the Olympics [3]:

Men's competition

Track and road events

Event Athletes Heat Round 1 Heat Round 2 Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
400 m Vincent Mumo Kiilu
46.79
7
Did not advance
800 m Wilfred Bungei
1:44.90
1 Q
1:46.23
1 Q
1:44.65 SB
Bronze medal
Boaz Kiplagat Lalang
1:45.72
2 Q
1:45.87
3
Did not advance
Alfred Yego
1:46.04
2 Q
1:44.73
1 Q
1:44.82
Bronze medal
1,500 m Augustine Choge
3:35.47
3 Q
3:37.54
4 Q
3:35.50
10
Asbel Kiprop
3:41.28
1 Q
3:37.04
1 Q
3:33.11
Silver medal
Nicholas Kemboi
3:41.56
11
Did not advance
5,000 m Eliud Kipchoge 13:37.50 2 Q 13:02.80
Silver medal
Thomas Longosiwa 13:41.30 4 Q 13:31.34
12
Edwin Soi 13:46.41 1 Q 13:06.22
Bronze medal
10,000 m Micah Kogo 27:04.11 SB
Bronze medal
Moses Ndiema Masai
27:04.11 SB
4
Martin Mathathi
27:08.25 PB
7
3000 m steeplechase Ezekiel Kemboi
8:17.55
4 Q
8.16.38
7
Brimin Kipruto
8:23.53
2 Q
8.10.34 SB
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Richard Matelong
8:19.87
2 Q
8.11.01
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Marathon Luke Kibet Did not finish
Martin Lel 2:10:24
5
Samuel Wanjiru 2:06:32 OR
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20 km walk David Kimutai 1:22:21
19

Women's competition

Track and road events

Event Athletes Heat Round 1 Heat Round 2 Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
400 m Elizabeth Muthuka did not compete
800 m Pamela Jelimo
2:03.18
1 Q
1:57.31
2 Q
1:54.87 WJ
Gold medal
Janeth Jepkosgei
1:59.72
1 Q
1:57.28
1 Q
1:56.07 SB
Silver medal
1,500 m Irene Jelagat
4:09.92
9
Did not advance
Viola Kibiwot
4:15.62
5
Did not advance
Nancy Lagat
4:03.02 SB
1 Q
4:00.23 PB
Gold medal
5,000 m Vivian Cheruiyot
14:57.27
2 Q
15:46.32
5
Priscah Jepleting
14:58.07
4 Q
15:51.78
11
Sylvia Kibet
15:10.37
2 Q
15:44.96
4
10,000 m Linet Masai
30:26.50
4
Lucy Wangui
30:39.96
7
Peninah Arusei
31:39.87
18
3000 m steeplechase Ruth Bosibori Nyangau
9:19.75
2 Q
9:17.35
6
Eunice Jepkorir
9:21.31
1 Q
9:07.41
Silver medal
Marathon Martha Komu
2:27:23
5
Salina Jebet Kosgei
2:29:28
10
Catherine Ndereba
2:27:06
Silver medal

AR Area record | CR championship record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB/PR personal best/record | SB seasonal best | WL world leading (in a given season) | WR world record

See also

External links

References

  1. As of 2008-09-02.
  2. The Standard February 23, 2007 Kipchirchir, Jepkosgei named Soya winners
  3. IAAF, July 5, 2008: Kenyan Beijing squad announced as trials conclude in Nairobi
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