Kenya

History

Kenya made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1956 and has competed ever since with the exceptions of 1976 where it participated in the African boycott and 1980 where it participated in the United States led boycott. The nation typically sends a medium-sized delegation where around 50 athletes compete per games, but in 2016 almost 80 competed. The athletes participate in a variety of sports with the majority of the team competing in athletics. Other common sports Kenya participates in are boxing, shooting, swimming, weightlifting and historically, field hockey.

Kenya won its first medal in 1964 and has medaled at least one at all subsequent Olympics it has participated in. In total Kenya has won 100 medals according to the International Olympic Committee with 93 medals in athletics and 7 medals in boxing. The most successful athletes are long distance runners Vivian Cheruiyot and Kipchoge Keino whom both won four medals each. Cheruiyot won her medals in women’s 5000m (silver in 2012 and gold in 2016) and women’s 10000m (bronze in 2012 and silver in 2016) while Keino won his medals in men’s 1500m (gold in 1968 and silver 1972), men’s 3000m steeplechase (gold in 1972) and men’s 5000m (silver in 1968). In 2016 Kenya won 13 medals.

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