Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Joseph Keter, a Kenyan Army officer, had only one good season throughout his athletics career, which culminated with an Olympic gold medal. At Atlanta the favorite for the steeplechase gold medal was world record holder [Moses Kiptanui]. In the Olympic final, however, Kiptanui was strongly challenged by Keter. The Kenyan pair reached the final water jump side-by-side, but then Keter slowly edged ahead to win the gold medal by 1.11 seconds. After the Olympic Games Keter beat Kiptanui again in Zürich, running his personal best 8.05.99. After that glorious season Keter kept running for several years and won the IAAF Grand Prix in 3,000 m steeplechase in 1997.
Personal Best: 3000S – 8:05.99 (1996).
|1996 Summer||27||Atlanta||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||Kenya||KEN||1||Gold|
|1996 Summer||27||Atlanta||Athletics||Kenya||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||1||QU||8:18.90|
|1996 Summer||27||Atlanta||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat One||1||QU||8:30.23|