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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, Kenya
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Kip Keino was the first great Kenyan middle- or long-distance runner, and inspired many of his fellow countrymen and women to become a distance running force. Keino played rugby before taking up athletics, and then served with the Kenyan Police Force, before beginning his international career at the 1962 Commonwealth Games, where he finished 11th in the 3-mile race. At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics he finished fifth in the 5,000 m and barely missed the 1,500 m final. On 27 August 1965, Keino improved the 3,000 m world record by over 6 seconds, recording 7:39.6 in his first attempt at the distance. Later in 1965 he broke the 5,000 m world record, clocking 13:24.2. At the 1966 Commonwealth Games, Keino won both the mile and 3-miles, while at the 1970 Commonwealth Games he defended in the 1,500 m, and finished third in the 5,000 m. Despite suffering from an illness at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Keino won the 1,500 m gold medal and 5,000 m silver medal, and then won the 3,000 m steeplechase, adding a silver in the 1,500 m at the 1972 München Olympics.

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 he was one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall Of Fame. At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Opening Ceremony, Keino was given the first Olympic Laurel, in honor of his service to the Olympic Movement.

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
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