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.

Qualified Quotas

Athletics

Men’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 100m Ferdinand Omurwa Ferdinand Omurwa
Mark Odhiambo Mark Odhiambo
Men’s 400m Emmanuel Korir Emmanuel Korir
Men’s 800m Over 3 Eligible Athletes Michael Saruni
Ferguson Rotich
Emmanuel Korir
Men’s 1500m Over 3 Eligible Athletes Charles Simotwo
Kamar Etyang
Abel Kipsang
Men’s 5000m Over 3 Eligible Athletes Nicholas Kimeli
Daniel Simui
Samwel Chebolei
Men’s 10000m Over 3 Eligible Athletes Geoffrey Kamworor
Rodgers Kwemoi
Weldon Kipkurui
Men’s 400m Hurdles Moitaelel Mpoke Moitaelel Mpoke
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase Over 3 Eligible Athletes Abraham Kibiwot
Leonard Bett
Benjamin Kigen
Men’s 20km Walk Samuel Gathimba Samuel Gathimba
Men’s Marathon Over 3 Eligible Athletes Eliud Kipchoge
Lawrence Cherono
Amos Kipruto
Men’s High Jump Mathew Sawe Mathew Sawe
Men’s Javelin Throw Julius Yego Julius Yego

Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 400m Hellen Syombua Hellen Syombua
Women’s 800m Over 3 Eligible Athletes Mary Moraa
Eunice Sum
Emily Tuei
Women’s 1500m Over 3 Eligible Athletes Faith Kipyegon
Winny Chebet
Women’s 5000m Over 3 Eligible Athletes Lilian Kasait
Hellen Obiri
Agnes Tirop
Women’s 10000m Over 3 Eligible Athletes Hellen Obiri
Irene Cheptai
Sheila Chelangat
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Over 3 Eligible Athletes Beatrice Chepkoech
Hyvin Kiyeng
Purity Kirui
Women’s 20km Walk Emily Ngii Emily Ngii
Women’s Marathon Over 3 Eligible Athletes Brigid Kosgei
Ruth Chepngetich
Peres Jepochirchir

Boxing

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Featherweight Nick Okoth Nick Okoth
Men’s Heavyweight Elly Ochola Elly Ochola
Women’s Flyweight Christine Ongare Christine Ongare
Women’s Welterweight Elizabeth Akiniyi Elizabeth Akiniyi

Rugby Sevens

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Tournament Willy Ambaka
Andrew Amonde
Alvin Otieno
Bush Mwale
Vincent Onyala
Daniel Taabu
Johnstone Olindi
Oscar Dennis
Billy Odhiambo
Nelson Oyoo
Jeffrey Oluoch
Jacob Ojee
Women’s Tournament Cynthia Camilla
Janet Okello
Grace Adhiambo
Celestine Masinde
Diana Awino
Leah Wambui
Janet Owino
Vivian Akumu
Christabel Lindo
Stella Wafula
Philadelphia Olando
Sheila Chajira

Taekwondo

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s +67kg Faith Ogallo Faith Ogallo

Volleyball

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Beach Volleyball Gaudencia Makokha
Brackcides Khadambi
Yvonne Wavinya
Phosca Kasisi
Gaudencia Makokha
Brackcides Khadambi
Women’s Indoor Volleyball WJane Wairimu
Violet Makuto
Leonida Kasaya
Sharon Chepchumba
Joy Lusenaka
Elizabeth Wanyama
Noel Murambi
Gladys Ekaru
Joan Kibor
Mercy Moim
Jemimah Siangu Nelima
Agripina Kundu
Emmaculate Chemtai
Edith Mukuvilani
Mercy Moim
Noel Murambi
Pamela Jepkirui
Leanida Kasaya
Edith Mukuvilani
Lorine Chebet
Gladys Ekaru
Sharon Chepchumba
Emmaculate Chemtai
Jane Wacu
Joy Lusenaka
Agripna Kundu