Kenya Athletics Prowess

Kenya, nation of athletes

1.      Kenya has won 100 Olympics medals since it first participated in the Olympic games in 1956, across boxing, track and field events, with 93 of the medals won in athletics.


2.      In 2015, Kenya, for the first time, topped the medal standings at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing with 7 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals, ahead of Jamaica, USA and Great Britain.


3.      Jemima Sumgong, who was the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold, is the current reigning London marathon champion.


4.      Nine out of ten all-time bests in the men’s marathon were achieved by Kenyans. The top ten all-time best list in the women’s half-marathon is also fully made up of Kenyans, while their male counterparts make-up seven of the top ten list.


5.      Kenyan athletes currently hold more world records than any other nation in the world, with 12 male individual world records and 12 female individual world records. Some athletes, like Daniel Komen, Leonard Patrick Komon, Moses Cheruiyot Mosop, Dennis Kipruto Kimetto, Tegla Loroupe, Joyciline Jepkosgei, Mary Keitany and Peres Jepchirchir currently hold more than one world record in different races.


6.      The Kenyan men’s team additionally currently holds the world record in the 4x800m Relay, 4x1500m Relay and Road Relay.



Kenyan Men world records

-          David Lekuta Rudisha for the 800m at 1:40.91;

-          Noah Ngeny for the 1000m at 2:11.96;

-          Daniel Komen for the 3000m at 7:20.67;

-          Leonard Patrick Komon for both the 10km and the 15km at 26:44 and 41:13 respectively;

-          Moses Cheruiyot Mosop for the 25,000m at 1:12:25.4 (Eugene, OR);

-          Dennis Kipruto Kimetto for the 25km at 1:11:18 (Berlin);

-          Moses Cheruiyot Mosop for the 30,000m at 1:26:47.4 (Eugene- Hayward Field- OR);

-          Eliud Kipchoge and Stanley Kipleting Biwott tie for the 30km at 1:27:13;

-          Dennis Kipruto Kimetto for the Berlin Marathon at 2:02:57 (world and Africa record);

-          Daniel Komen for the 3,000m (indoor) at 7:24.90

Kenyan women world records

-          Joyciline Jepkosgei for the 10km at 30:04* Mx

-          Joyciline Jepkosgei for the 15km at 45:37* Mx (Praha)

-          Florence Kiplagat for the 15km at 46.14Mx (Barcelona)

-          Tegla Loroupe for the 20,000m at 1:05:26.6

-          Joyciline Jepkosgei for the 20km at 1:01:25* Mx (Praha)

-          Peres Jepchirchir for the 20km at 1:01:40 Mx (Ras Al Khaimah)

-          Joyciline Jepkosgei for the Half marathon at 1:04:52* Mx (Praha)

-          Peres Jepchirchir for the Half marathon at 1:05:06 Mx (Ras Al Khaimah)

-          Tegla Loroupe for the 25,000m at 1:27:05.9

-          Mary Keitany for the 25km at 1:19:53 Mx (Berlin)

-          Tegla Loroupe for the 30,000m at 1:45:50.0


-          Mary Keitany for the 30km at 1:39:11 Wo