Kenya is home to many of the very best athletes globally. It has a strong affinity with sports such as long and middle-distance running. Kenyan people tend to be very proud of the sporting stars that represent the country at Olympic games and other big events.
Let’s look at a selection of the best sporting stars from Kenya.
Keino was a real trailblazer in Kenyan athletics, and his name continues to be a big draw in the modern age. He’s a retired athlete that also became the chairman of the Kenyan Olympic Committee, so after an incredible career as a distance runner, he got to help some of the successors he had inspired to go on to achieve the very best in their careers.
He is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and was one of the first members of the IAAF Hall of Fame.
Another distance runner that you may have seen competing at recent events. In fact, he wasn’t just competing, but he was winning those events, as he won the marathon event at the two most recent Olympic games. He also set the world record in marathon times while running in the Berlin marathon. Impressive.
It is generally accepted that Kipchoge is the very greatest distance runner of the modern era and possibly of all time. His long career has been going for nearly 20 years. He actually began with events such as the 5000 metres way back in 2003. Since then, he’s come a long way and has won the London marathon on four separate occasions.
Nabiba Naftali Temu
Temu makes a list of the best sporting stars as a long-distance runner who made history. He is honored to be Kenya’s first gold medalist in Olympic history. Temu ran the 10,000 metres race at the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico City and gold.
Proof that Kenyans are great at much more than just running and bringing the world some incredibly successful musicians and artists. Patel was a cricketer who represented New Zealand and had a long and successful career; he even went to the cricket World Cup; it is just a shame he didn’t represent Kenya. Patel took 75 wickets in his career and had a high score with the bat of 99. So close to a century.
Kenya’s sporting achievements may well still be in their early stages. Hopefully, this country will continue to produce global megastars in athletics and lots of other events and sports.