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Peter Rono

Full name: Peter Kipchumba Rono
Gender: Male
Height: 5-3.5 (162 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: July 31, 1967 in Kapsabet, Nandi, Rift Valley, Kenya
Affiliations: Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland (USA)
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Peter Rono was a very promising runner during his junior years, but did not live up to those expectations. Rono won the gold medal at the 1985 African Cross Country Championships and was the silver medalist in the 1,500 at the 1986 World Junior Championships. In 1987 he was a semi-finalist in the 1,500 m at the World Championships. At the 1988 Olympics Rono was not considered a favorite for gold, but managed to beat the main favorites [Peter Elliott] and [Steve Cram] of Great Britain, thus becoming the youngest Olympic Champion at 1,500 metres (21 years and 62 days) as of 2013. After the Olympics Rono never won a major race again and, after receiving a master's degree at Mount Saint Mary's College in Maryland, he worked as an athletics coach with his alma mater. He was later employed by the sales and marketing department of the shoe manufacturer New Balance.

Personal Best: 1500 – 3:34.54 (1989).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Kenya KEN 1 Gold

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Kenya Final 1 3:35.96
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Kenya Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 3:38.25
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Kenya Round One Heat Three 1 QU 3:37.65
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