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Kip Keino

Full name: Kipchoge Hezekieh "Kip" Keino
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: January 17, 1940 in Kipsamo, Nandi, Rift Valley, Kenya
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

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).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
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 Final 2 3:36.81
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

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1964 Summer 24 Tokyo Athletics Kenya Final 5 13:50.4
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

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1968 Summer 28 Ciudad de México Athletics Kenya Final Standings AC DNF

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Kenya Final 1 OR 8:23.64
1972 Summer 32 München Athletics Kenya Round One Heat One 2 QU 8:27,6