Kipchoge strikes gold as Kenya posts best results at Olympics

Eliud Kipchoge’s victory in men’s marathon in Rio on Sunday, Kenya’s second ever gold in men’s marathon, summed up the country’s best ever o...

Eliud Kipchoge’s victory in men’s marathon in Rio on Sunday, Kenya’s second ever gold in men’s marathon, summed up the country’s best ever outing in the history of Olympic Games.

Kenya, who first participated at the Olympics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games, collected 13 medals; six gold, six silver and one bronze, surpassing their previous performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games.

In a replica of Kipchoge’s feat on Sunday, it was the late Samuel Wanjiru, who wrapped up Kenya’s show at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the first ever victory in marathon. That brought Kenya’s Beijing tally to 14 medals; six gold, four silver and four bronze.
Rio is the best ever show by virtue of surpassing Beijing’s outing by two more silver medals.
Notably, it was the best show ever by Kenyan women after the 2008 Beijing Olympics where they won their first Olympic gold medals.

KENYA TOPPED IN AFRICA
Kenya once again topped the continent but finished 15th overall in the medal standings behind winners USA with 43 gold, 37 silver and 37 bronze medals.

It’s Jemimah Sumgong, who gave Kenya also its maiden victory in women’s marathon on August 14 before David Rudisha retained his 800m title the following day.

Then Conseslus Kipruto upheld Kenya’s dominance with victory in men’s 3,000m steeplechase on Wednesday evening before Faith Chepng’etich stunned World champion and record holder Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba for women’s 1,500m victory on August 17 morning.

After winning silver in 10,000m, Vivian Cheruiyot would claim her first victory at the Olympics, stunning favourite Almaz Ayana from Ethiopia in 5,000m on August 19. The silver medallist are Paul Tanui (10,000m), Vivian Cheruiyot (10,000m), Boniface Mucheru (400m hurdles), Julius Yego

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