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Here are 13 of Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya (Photos)

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List of the greatest Olympic athletes from Kenya, with photos when available. These are the best Kenyan Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games. Kenyan athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Kenyan Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Kenya is by how many medals they took back to their country, but that isn’t the only factor that comes into play when considering who the best really is.

Philip Boit and Brimin Kipruto are included on this list.

This list answers the questions, “Who is the best Kenyan Olympian of all time?” and “Who are the greatest Olympians from Kenya?”

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn’t mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don’t deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Kenya Olympic athletes on this list, and downvote the ones that you don’t think had a huge impact on Kenya.

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  1. Bernard Lagat

    Bernard Lagat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
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    Bernard Kipchirchir Lagat is a Kenyan-American middle and long-distance runner. Lagat was born in Kapsabet, Kenya. Prior to his change of domicile to the USA, Lagat had an extensive competitive career representing his native country. He is the American record holder in the 1500 m and mile run indoors, …

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men’s Athletics^! 1500m, Men’s Athletics^! 5000m
    • Olympic Country: Kenya, United States of America
    • Date Of Birth: 1974-12-12
    • Place Of Birth: Kapsabet, Kenya, Earth, Africa
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men’s 1^!500 metres, Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men’s 1500 metres, Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men’s 1500 metres, Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men’s 5000 metres
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal, Bronze medal
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  2. Janeth Jepkosgei

    Janeth Jepkosgei is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
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    Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei is a Kenyan middle distance runner and former world champion.

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women’s Athletics^! 800m
    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1983-12-13
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women’s 800 metres
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    3. Brimin Kipruto
    Brimin Kipruto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
    Photo: Freebase/CC-BY-SA

    Brimin Kipruto is a Kenyan middle distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. He was born in Korkitony, Keiyo District. He holds a personal best of 7:53.64 minutes which is the second fastest time ever run, and the African Record. His record only .01 of a second behind the world …

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men’s 3000m steeplechase
    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1985-07-31
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men’s 3000 metre steeplechase, Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men’s 3^!000 metre Steeplechase
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal
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    4. Catherine Ndereba

    Catherine Ndereba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
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    Catherine Nyambura Ndereba is a Kenyan marathon runner. She has twice won the marathon at the World Championships in Athletics and won silver medals in the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. She is also a four-time winner of the Boston Marathon. Ndereba broke the women’s marathon world record in 2001, running …

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women’s Athletics^! Marathon
    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1972-07-21
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women’s marathon, Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Women’s Marathon
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    5. Isaac Kiprono Songok

    Isaac Kiprono Songok is a Kenyan long-distance runner. He went St. Patrick’s High School in Iten, famous for producing runners. In 2001 he set a new 2000 m World Junior Record in Berlin and became World Youth Champion at 1500 metres. He is best known for winning the silver medal in the short race at the ..

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men’s Athletics^! 1500m
    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1984-04-25
    • Place Of Birth: Kapsabet, Kenya, Earth, Africa
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men’s 1^!500 metres
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
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    6. Eunice Jepkorir

    Eunice Jepkorir is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
    Photo: Freebase/CC-BY-2.5

    Eunice Jepkorir Kertich is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialises in the steeplechase. She was the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the event and bronze medalist at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. She is from Eldama Ravine. Her parents are farmers and she has eight siblings. She started …

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Women’s Athletics^! 3000m steeplechase
    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1982-02-17
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women’s 3000 metre steeplechase
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    7. Philip Boit

    Philip Boit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
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    Philip Kimely Boit is a cross-county skier and the first Kenyan to participate in the Winter Olympics. His first name is sometimes spelled as “Phillip”.

    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1971-12-12
    • Place Of Birth: Eldoret, Kenya, Earth, Africa
    • Olympic Sport: Cross-country skiing
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2006 Winter Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics, 1998 Winter Olympics
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    8. Timothy Kiptanui

    Timothy Kiptanui Too is a Kenyan 1500 metres runner who finished fourth at the 2004 Summer Olympics. His personal best over 1500 m of 3:30.04 minutes, achieved in 2004, was the third best time in the world that season, only behind Bernard Lagat and Hicham El Guerrouj. He graduated from Nanyuki High ..

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men’s Athletics, 1500m
    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1980-01-05
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men’s 1, 500 metres
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics
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    9. Asbel Kiprop

    Asbel Kiprop is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
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    Asbel Kiprop is a Kenyan middle-distance runner, who specializes in the 1500 metres. Kiprop was awarded the 1500 m gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics after the original winner, Rashid Ramzi, tested positive for doping. Kiprop has won two World Championship titles in the event, in 2011 and 2013. He …

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men’s Athletics^! 1500m
    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1989-06-30
    • Place Of Birth: Eldoret, Kenya, Earth, Africa
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men’s 1500 metres
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    10. Paul Tergat

    Paul Tergat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
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    Paul Kibii Tergat is a Kenyan former professional long distance runner. He held the world record in the marathon from 2003 to 2007, with a time of 2:04:55, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished long-distance runners of all time. Towards the end of his career he concentrated exclusively on the ..more

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men’s Athletics^! 10000m
    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1969-06-17
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics – Men’s 10000 metres, Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men’s 10000 metres
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 1996 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2000 Summer Olympics, 1996 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal
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    11. Micah Kogo

    Micah Kemboi Kogo is a Kenyan long-distance runner, who specializes in the 10,000 metres. He is the former world record holder in the 10 kilometres road race event with a time of 27:01, and is the second fastest after countryman Leonard Komon. He made his first Olympic appearance in 2008, taking the …more

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men’s Athletics^! 10000m
    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1986-06-03
    • Place Of Birth: Uasin Gishu District, Kenya, Earth, Africa
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men’s 10000 metres
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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    12. Richard Mateelong

    Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in the 3000 metre steeplechase. He won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and he has two World Championship medals in the discipline. more

    • Olympic Medalist Event: Men’s 3000m steeplechase
    • Olympic Country: Kenya
    • Date Of Birth: 1983-10-14
    • Place Of Birth: Narok, Kenya, Earth, Africa
    • Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Olympic Medalist Event Competition: Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men’s 3000 metre steeplechase
    • Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics
    • Olympic Medals Won: Bronze medal
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