Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver (4 Total)
Kip Keino was among the first in a long line of successful middle and long distance runners to come from Kenya and has helped and inspired many of his fellow countrymen. Keino, who played rugby before taking up athletics and served with the Kenyan Police Force, began his international career at the 1962 Commonwealth Games, where he placed 11th in the 3-mile. At the 1964 Olympics he finished fifth in the 5K and barely missed the 1,500 final. On 27 August 1965, Keino lowered the 3,000 metre world record by over 6 seconds to 7:39.6 in his first attempt at the distance. Later that year he broke the 5,000 metre world record held by Ron Clarke, clocking 13:24.2. At the 1966 Commonwealth Games, Keino won both the mile and 3-miles. At the 1970 Commonwealth Games, Keino won the 1,500 and was third in the 5K, while at the 1968 Olympics, he won the 1,500 m gold and 5,000 m silver medals. Four years later he won gold in the steeplechase and silver in the 1,500 metres.
After finishing his sporting career in 1973, Keino lived on a farm in Western Kenya where he headed a charitable foundation for orphans and became president of the Kenyan Olympic Committee. In 1996 he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame and, in 2012, was one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Hall Of Fame.
Personal Bests: 1500 – 3:34.91 (1968); 5000 – 13:24.2 (1965); 10000 – 28:06.4 (1968); 3000S – 8:23.64 (1972).
|1964 Summer||24||Tokyo||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Kenya||KEN||5 h2 r2/3|
|1964 Summer||24||Tokyo||Athletics||Men's 5,000 metres||Kenya||KEN||5|
|1968 Summer||28||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Kenya||KEN||1||Gold||OR|
|1968 Summer||28||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Men's 5,000 metres||Kenya||KEN||2||Silver|
|1968 Summer||28||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Men's 10,000 metres||Kenya||KEN||AC||DNF|
|1972 Summer||32||München||Athletics||Men's 1,500 metres||Kenya||KEN||2||Silver|
|1972 Summer||32||München||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||Kenya||KEN||1||Gold||OR|
|1964 Summer||24||Tokyo||Athletics||Kenya||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||5||3:41.9|
|1964 Summer||24||Tokyo||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat Three||1||QU||3:45.8|
|1968 Summer||28||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Kenya||Final||1||OR||3:34.9||3:34.91|
|1968 Summer||28||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Kenya||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||2||QU||3:51.4||3:51.50|
|1968 Summer||28||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat One||1||QU||3:46.9||3:46.96|
|1972 Summer||32||München||Athletics||Kenya||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||1||QU||3:41.15|
|1972 Summer||32||München||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat Four||1||QU||3:39.97|
|1964 Summer||24||Tokyo||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat Four||2||QU||13:49.6|
|1968 Summer||28||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Kenya||Final||2||14:05.2||14:05.16|
|1968 Summer||28||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat One||1||QU||14:28.4||14:28.40|
|1968 Summer||28||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Kenya||Final Standings||AC||DNF|
|1972 Summer||32||München||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat One||2||QU||8:27,6|