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Joseph Keter

Full name: Joseph Keter
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: June 13, 1969 in Lessos, Nandi, Rift Valley, Kenya
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

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).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Kenya KEN 1 Gold

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Kenya Final 1 8:07.12
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
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