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Julius Sang

Full name: Julius Sang
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: June 30, 1946 in Kapsabet, Nandi, Rift Valley, Kenya
Died: April 9, 2004 in Eldoret, Rift Valley, Kenya
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband of Tekla Chemabwai.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Starting out as a fairly unremarkable sprinter, Julius Sang gradually became a top 400 m runner. He reached the peak of his career at the Munich Olympics. In the individual 400 m event, Sang became the first African to medal in a sprint event, placing third. Because the two Americans in front of him had been barred from further competition due to their antics at the medal ceremony, this left Kenya as he favorite for the relay (Charles Asati had been fourth individually). The Kenyans did not disappointed, and Sang anchored his team home with a 43.5 leg to take the gold medal. Sang, who was married to Kenya's first female Olympian, Tekla Chemabwai, unexpectedly died in 2004 while undergoing treatment for a stomach ailment.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.3 (1968); 200 – 20.3y (1969); 400 – 44.92 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 100 metres Kenya KEN 6 h2 r1/4
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 200 metres Kenya KEN 5 h1 r2/4
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Men's 400 metres Kenya KEN 3 Bronze
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Kenya KEN 1 Gold

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Kenya Round One Heat Two 6 10.6 10.64

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Kenya Quarter-Finals Heat One 5 21.0 21.04
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Kenya Round One Heat Three 2 QU 20.8 20.90

Men's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Kenya Final 3 44.92 5
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Kenya Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 45.30 1
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Kenya Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 QU 45.92 7
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Kenya Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 45.24 5

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Kenya KEN Final 1 2:59.83 43,6
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Kenya KEN Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:01.27
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