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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, Kenya
Affiliations: Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland (USA)
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Great things were expected of Peter Rono as a junior, but he struggled to live up to those expectations. Rono won gold at the 1985 African Cross-Country Championships and in 1986 took silver at the World Junior Championships in the 1,500 m. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Rono was not considered a gold medal favorite, but he managed to edge out the favorites [Peter Elliott] and [Steve Cram] of Great Britain, thus becoming, at the time, the youngest Olympic Champion in the 1,500 m (21 years and 62 days). Rono never again won a major race and, after receiving a master’s degree at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmittsburg, Maryland, he worked as an athletics coach with his alma mater. Rono later worked for New Balance in the sales and marketing department.

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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