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John Ngugi

Full name: John Ngugi Kamau
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: May 10, 1962 in Nyahururu, Rift Valley, Kenya
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


John Ngugi's earliest international successes came at the International Cross-Country Championships, where he won a record four consecutive titles between 1986-89. He would later win his fifth title in 1992. Ngugi established himself as a track runner when he won his heat of the 5,000 metres event at the 1987 World Championships. In the final Ngugi took the lead during the second kilometre but, despite his front running tactics, he would finish in a disappointing 12th place. In 1987 he won the 5K at the All-African Games. At the Seoul Olympic Games Ngugi took the lead after the first kilometre and achieved a 50 metre lead. Although his lead was reduced when the expected sprints came in the last lap, Ngugi still won by 30 metres. At the 1990 Commonwealth Games Ngugi tried the same tactics which had won him Olympic gold. Although he tripped and fell after only two laps and lost 35 metres on the rest of the field, he managed to catch the leading group and establish a 40 metre lead at the bell but, this time, that was not enough, as [Andrew Lloyd] from Australia won by a mere 0.08 seconds in an incredible finishing burst. That was Ngugi’s final appearance at a major international championships before his forced retirement after the 1992 season. In 1993 Ngugi refused to take an out-of-competition drug test and received a four-year suspension that ended his sporting career.

Personal Best: 5000 – 13:11.14 (1990).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Kenya KEN 1 Gold

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Kenya Final 1 13:11.70
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Kenya Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 13:24.43
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Kenya Round One Heat One 5 QU 13:47.93
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