Related Olympians: Husband of Chereno Maiyo.
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Amos Biwott was the first in a long line of great Kenyan steeplechasers. Biwott's surprising win at the Mexico City Olympics pioneered African dominance in long-distance running. Biwott had not run many steeplechases before the Olympics, only three of them, and his technique was not the best, using a comically rustic hurdling style. He was the first man not to place one foot on the barrier and spring off, but cleared the whole obstacle in one gigantic effort and, in so doing, reduced the customary clearance time of 1.1 seconds by half. He was the only runner who made it across the finish line with completely dry feet in both the Olympic qualifying heat and the final, which he won by 0.6 seconds ahead of teammate Benjamin Kogo. After this golden moment, Biwott's athletics career went slowly downhill. He finished third at the 1970 Commonwealth Games, was sixth at the 1972 Olympics and finished his career with an eighth at the 1974 Commonwealth Games. After his athletics career Biwott worked for the Kenya Prisons Service until his ignominious departure in 1978 when he was prosecuted for theft, after which he worked as a watchman at the stadium.
Personal Best: 3000S – 8:23.73 (1972).
|1968 Summer||21||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||Kenya||KEN||1||Gold|
|1972 Summer||24||München||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||Kenya||KEN||6|
|1968 Summer||21||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Kenya||Final||1||8:51.0||8:51.02|
|1968 Summer||21||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat Three||1||QU||8:49.4||8:49.39|
|1972 Summer||24||München||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat Four||1||QU/OR||8:23.73|