Apart from 6 gold in Rio, Kenyan athletes created historical moments


Men’s Marathon

  1. Eliud Kipchoge became the second Kenyan to win a marathon gold medal. The first Kenyan to win a gold medal was Samuel Wanjiru in Beijing 2008
  2. Kipchoge’s gold medal helped Kenya climb from the 10th spot to the 4th spot in the list of countries that have won the most gold medals in men’s marathon. Ethiopia has won 4 golds
  3. Eliud Kipchoge is the only male athlete in the world to win a bronze and silver in 5,000 meters and a gold in marathon.

Women’s Marathon

  1. Jemima Sumgong became the first Kenyan woman to win gold in women’s marathon.

Women’s 1,500 Meters

  1. Faith Kipyegon is the 2nd Kenyan woman to win gold at the Olympics in women’s 1,500 meters. The first Kenyan gold was won by Nancy Langat in Beijing in 2008.
  2. Faith Kipyegon is the youngest female gold medalist in 1,500 meters in the history of Olympics. She is 22.
  3. Faith Kipyegon is the second youngest Kenyan female athlete to win gold at the Olympics. At 22, she is 4 years older than Pamela Jelimo who won gold in Beijing at the age of 18.

Women’s 800 meters

  1. Margaret Wambui won Kenya’s first ever bronze medal in women’s 800 meters at the Olympics. 

Women’s 5,000 meters

  1. Vivian Cheruiyot is the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold in women’s 5,000 meters
  2. It is in 5,000 meters that a Kenyan woman first won an Olympic medal. Pauline Konga won silver in Atlanta in 1996, becoming the first ever Kenyan woman to medal at the Olympics
  3. Vivian Cheruiyot is the first woman in the history of Olympics to have won a gold and silver in 5,000 meters. She won Silver in London in 2012.

Women’s 10,000 meters

  1. No Kenyan woman has ever won an Olympic gold in women’s 10,000 meters
  2. Vivian Cheruiyot is the second highest-medaling Kenyan woman at the Olympics. She won a silver in Rio, similar to a silver won by Sally Kipyego in London in 2012
  3. Vivian Cheruiyot is Kenya’s most decorated woman in the 10,000 meters race at the Olympics. In addition to the silver she won in Rio, Cheruiyot won bronze in London, 2012

*With gold and silver in 5,000 meters and silver and bronze in 5,000 meters, Vivian Cheruiyot is the most decorated Kenyan female Olympian.

Men’s 400 Meters

  1. Samson Kitur remain the only Kenyan man to win a medal in 400 meters at the Olympics, a fete he achieved by winning a bronze in Barcelona in 1992

Men’s 800 Meters

  1. Kenya became only the third country in the history of Olympics to win a back-to-back-to-back gold medal in men’s 800 meters (2008, 2012, 2016 via Wilfred Bungei, David Rudisha, and David Rudisha).
  2. David Rudisha is the first Kenyan man to win a back-to-back Olympic gold medal in men’s 800 meters
  3. David Rudisha is the first 800 meters Olympian to break the world record during the Olympics and then win gold in the succeeding edition of the Olympics.

Men’s 5,000 Meters

  1. John Ngugi remains the only Kenyan to have won gold in Men’s 5,000 meters, a fete he achieved in Seoul in 1988.
  2. Paul Biton and Eliud Kipchoge are the most decorated Kenyans at the Olympics in men’s 5,000 meters. Bitok won Silver in Barcelona and Atlanta; Kipchoge won Bronze in Athens and Silver in Beijing.

Men’s 10,000 Meters

  1. It’s almost a decade since Kenya last won gold in men’s 10,000 meters at the Olympics. Naftali Temu won gold in Mexico City in 1968.
  2. Paul Tanui’s Silver medal in Rio is the best medal Kenya has won in 16 years. Last silver medal was won by Paul Tergat in Sydney, 2000.

  Men’s 3,000 Meters Steeplechase

  1. Kenya has won gold in every Olympics since 1984. That’s a streak of 9 gold medals.
  2. No other country in the history of the Olympics no matter the discipline, has won 9 consecutive gold medals
  3. The last Kenyan sweep of medals in an Olympic event was in 2004 when Ezekiel Kemboi led Brimin Kipruto and Paul Koech to a 1-2-3 finish.

Men’s 4 by 400 Meters Relay

  1. Kenya is the only African country to have won gold and silver in a relay event. In 1968 in Mexico City, the quartet of Daniel Rudisha, Munyoro Nyamau, Naftali Bon, and Charles Asati won silver.
  2. In 1972 in Munich, the Kenyan quartet of Charles Asati, Munyoru Nyamau, Robert Ouko, and Julius Sang won gold in the relay.

*Evidently, David Rudisha and his father Daniel Rudisha are the only father-son pair to have won a medal in the Olympics.

Watch a Video Celebrating Kenya’s Heroes in Rio HERE