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Kip Keino

Kipchoge Keino
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for  Kenya
Olympic Games
Gold 1968 Mexico City 1500 metres
Gold 1972 Munich 3000 metres steeple
Silver 1968 Mexico City 5000 metres
Silver 1972 Munich 1500 metres
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1966 Kingston Mile
Gold 1966 Kingston 3 miles
Gold 1970 Edinburgh 1500 metres
Bronze 1970 Edinburgh 5000 metres
All-Africa Games
Gold 1965 Brazzaville 1500 metres
Gold 1965 Brazzaville 5000 metres
Silver 1973 Lagos 1500 metres

Kipchoge ("Kip") Keino (born 17 January 1940), chairman of the Kenyan Olympic Committee (KOC), is a retired Kenyan track and field athlete and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Kip Keino was among the first in a long line of successful middle and long distance runners to come from the country and has helped and inspired many of his fellow countrymen and women to become the athletics force that they are today. In 2012 he was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall Of Fame.[1]


Keino was born in Kipsamo, Nandi District, Kenya. Both of his parents died while he was young. He was then brought up by his aunt. After finishing school, he joined the Kenya Police.[2] Before taking up athletics, he played rugby.[3]

He began his international career at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia where he came eleventh in the three miles. At the 1964 Summer Olympics he finished fifth in 5000 m and barely missed the 1500 m final.

On 27 August 1965, Keino lowered the 3000 m world record by over 6 seconds to 7:39.6 at his first attempt at the distance. He won two gold medals (1500 & 5000 metres) at the inaugural All-Africa Games. Later in that year he broke the 5000 m world record held by Ron Clarke clocking 13:24.2. At the 1966 Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica he won both the mile run and three mile run. In the next Commonwealth Games, Keino won the 1500 metres and was third in the 5000 metres.

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, he won the 1500 metres gold medal (defeating American favourite and world record holder Jim Ryun by 20 meters, the largest winning margin in the history of the event [4] ) and 5000 m silver medal. Four years later, he won the 3000 metres steeplechase gold and 1500 metres silver at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He retired in 1973.[2]

In 1987, he shared Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year" award with seven others, characterized as "Athletes Who Care," for his work with orphans.

Currently, Keino lives on a farm in Western Kenya where he controls and runs a charitable organization for orphans, and is president of the Kenyan Olympic Committee. He is married to Phyllis Keino. One son Martin was a two-time NCAA champion and highly successful pace-setter.

He has built

In 1996, he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

In 2007, he was made an honorary Doctor of Law by the University of Bristol.[5] Earlier, Egerton University in Nakuru had awarded him an honorary degree. In July 2012 he received further recognition from the City of Bristol after the Kenyan Olympic Committee, under his presidency, made Bristol the training base for its athletes in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics. The Bristol City Council awarded him freedom of the City, making him the first to receive this honour from Bristol since Sir Winston Churchill[2] His name, Kipchoge, is a Nandi language expression for "born near the grain storage shed".[6]


  • KEINO, Kipchoge A. (Kip) International Who's Who. accessed 8 September 2006.

External links

  • Kipchoge Keino Foundation
  • Beijing 2008 dazzles, as we 'flashback' to the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and a triumphant Kipchoge Keino, Posted On: 2008-08-08.
  • Youtube video of 1968 Olympic 1500 final
Preceded by
East Germany Siegfried Herrmann
Men's 3000 m World Record Holder
27 August 1965 – 14 September 1972
Succeeded by
Belgium Emiel Puttemans
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Bob Schul
Men's 5000 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Australia Ron Clarke

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