2016 OlympicsThe 2016 Olympics were Kenya's most succesful yet with a haul of 6 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze. Kenya won 60% of Africa's gold medal's at the games.
|Faith Kipyegon (1500m)
David Rudisha (800m)
Conseslus Kipruto(3000m SC)
Vivian Cheruiyot (5000m)
Jemima Sumgong (Marathon)
Eliud Kipchoge (Marathon)
Hellen Obiri (5000m)
Boniface Tumuti (400m Hurdles)
Hyvin Kiyeng (3000m Steeplechase
Vivian Cheruiyot (10,000m)
Julius Yego (Javelin)
Jemima Sumgong who had won the London Marathon a few months earlier, started Kenya's gold medal rush with a dominant display in the women's marathon.
Rudisha ran a tactically astute race to win the 800m
Faith Kipyegon was overcome with emotion as she crossed the finish line to win gold. Kipyegon had shown a lot of promise as youth runner and even broke the Kenyan record while still in her teens. However gold medals had eluded her until this moment. When she finally broke through, she was overcome with emotion
Conseslus Kipruto continued Kenya's extraordinary record in the men's 3000m steeplechase. Kenya has won this even ten times at the Olympics. No event has been dominated by one country the way Kenya dominates the steeplechase. Veteran Ezekiel Kemboi had won bronze but was disqualified after he stepped inside the track
In the women's 5000m, Vivian Cheruiyot and Hellen Obiri won gold and silver, upsetting the Ethiopian Almaz Ayana who had been widely expected to dominate the race. On this day Ayana got her tactics wrong while the Kenyan duo were on point. Cheruiyot despite an illustrious career, had never won Olympic gold. Obiri had switched from her previous speciality (1500m). Both ladies were recently returning from maternity leave.
Olympic marathons are notoriously difficult to predict. So even though Eliud Kipchoge had won 5 out of 6 city marathons that he had participated in going to the Olympics, many thought there was a chance he might not win. But he lived up to his billing, becoming the second Kenyan to win an Olympic marathon after Sammy Wanjiru
In addition to the massive medal haul, Kenyans running for other nations also won medals. Ruth Jebet and Enice Kirwa, representing Bahrain won gold and silver medals in the 3000m steeplechase and marathon respectively. Paul Chelimo won a silver medal for the USA.
Julius Yego was in contention to win gold in the Javelin but had to pull out after injury thus settling for silver. In the men's 400m hurdlers, Boniface Mucheru Tumuti won Kenya's first sprint medal since 1992 when Samson Kitur won a bronze medal in the 400m