Kenya at the Olympics

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya, the nation's official governing body for anything related to the Olympics was established in 1955 and was recognized in the very same year. The following year, they made their debut in the Summer Games with a delegation consisting of 24 male and 1 female athletes to Melbourne, Australia.

Although relatively impressive, Kenyan athletes were not successful in winning an Olympic medal in their first outing. However, in the 1964 Summer Games which was held in Tokyo, Japan, runner Wilson Kiprugut was able to win the bronze in the men's 800 meters hence becoming the first Kenyan Olympic medalist.

This is definitely a historic feat but in 1968, three Kenyan athletes gave their country its first taste of Olympic gold. Kipchoge Keino (men's 1500 meters), Naftali Temu (men's 10000 meters), and Amos Biwott (men's 3000 meter steeplechase) all put Kenya in the map for the Summer Games.

As a matter of fact, Kenya won a total of 9 Olympic medals that year that included Wilson Kiprugut's improved performance that garnered him the silver in the same event making him Kenya's first ever Olympic multi-medalist.

In Munich, the next Summer Games, they repeated the same medal count. Since their debut in 1956, Kenya has participated in most of the Summer Games missing only the boycotted Summer Olympics in 1976 and 1980. But their athletes have been performing quite well in athletics snatching medals left and right in many occasions. They are indeed considered as one of the best in the world for athletics.

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