Kenya at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Kenya at the Olympic Games

Flag of Kenya
IOC code  KEN
NOC National Olympic Committee Kenya
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Competitors 48 in 5 sports
Flag bearer Grace Momanyi
Medals
Rank: 13
Gold
6
Silver
4
Bronze
4
Total
14
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

Kenya competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing, People's Republic of China from August 8 to August 24, 2008. Kenya won a total of 14 medals, 6 of them gold, its best ever performance at the Olympics.

Kenya sent a total of 46 athletes, 28 men and 18 women, to the 2008 Summer Olympics. Four Kenyan men won six gold medals, while the other two were awarded to the women. The remaining medals won by Kenyans were divided into silver and bronze medals, with four each. Among the nation's gold medalists was Brimin Kipruto, who brought home the nation's seventh straight medal in the steeplechase since 1984. Coming in at a close third was Richard Matelong who was unable to surpass the Frenchman Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad. Kenya also marked its Olympic debut in taekwondo by sending two athletes, one man and one woman. For the first time in Olympic history, the Kenyan athletes had participated in the women's 800 meter event final. Shortly after the 3,000 meter steeplechase, the women captured a gold medal against many odds. Along with the gold, they also took home the silver as well. Pamela Jelimo led her fellow Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei to a one-two finish.

Marathon runner Samuel Wanjiru did not only bring home the gold medal for the Kenyans, but also broke the 24 year-old Olympic record set by Carlos Lopes.

The Kenyans finished the Olympics being the most successful African country in the Beijing Olympics, and 15th place in the overall country standings.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Pamela Jelimo Athletics Women's 800 m
 Gold Brimin Kipruto Athletics Men's 3000 m steeplechase
 Gold Wilfred Bungei Athletics Men's 800 m
 Gold Nancy Lagat Athletics Women's 1500 m
 Gold Samuel Wanjiru Athletics Men's marathon
 Gold Asbel Kiprop Athletics Men's 1500 m
 Silver Janeth Jepkosgei Athletics Women's 800 m
 Silver Catherine Ndereba Athletics Women's marathon
 Silver Eunice Jepkorir Athletics Women's 3000 m steeplechase
 Silver Eliud Kipchoge Athletics Men's 5000 m
 Bronze Richard Mateelong Athletics Men's 3000 m steeplechase
 Bronze Micah Kogo Athletics Men's 10,000 m
 Bronze Alfred Kirwa Yego Athletics Men's 800 m
 Bronze Edwin Cheruiyot Soi Athletics Men's 5000 m

Athletics[edit]

The following athletes have been selected for the Olympics:[1]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Vincent Mumo Kiilu 400 m 46.79 7 Did not advance
Wilfred Bungei 800 m 1:44.90 1 Q 1:46.23 1 Q 1:44.65 SB 1st
Boaz Kiplagat Lalang 1:45.72 2 Q 1:45.87 3 Did not advance
Alfred Yego 1:46.04 2 Q 1:44.73 1 Q 1:44.82 3rd
Augustine Choge 1500 m 3:35.47 3 Q 3:37.54 4 Q 3:35.50 10
Asbel Kiprop 3:41.28 1 Q 3:37.04 1 Q 3:33.11 1st
Nicholas Kemboi 3:41.56 11 Did not advance
Eliud Kipchoge 5000 m 13:37.50 2 Q N/A 13:02.80 2nd
Thomas Longosiwa 13:41.30 4 Q N/A 13:31.34 12
Edwin Soi 13:46.41 1 Q N/A 13:06.22 3rd
Micah Kogo 10000 m N/A 27:04.11 SB 3rd
Moses Ndiema Masai N/A 27:04.11 SB 4
Martin Mathathi N/A 27:08.25 PB 7
Ezekiel Kemboi 3000 m steeplechase 8:17.55 4 Q N/A 8.16.38 7
Brimin Kipruto 8:23.53 2 Q N/A 8.10.34 SB 1st
Richard Matelong 8:19.87 2 Q N/A 8.11.01 3rd
Luke Kibet Marathon N/A DNF
Martin Lel N/A 2:10:24 5
Samuel Wanjiru N/A 2:06:32 OR 1st
David Kimutai 20 km walk N/A 1:22:21 19
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Elizabeth Muthuka 400 m DNS Did not advance
Pamela Jelimo 800 m 2:03.18 1 Q 1:57.31 2 Q 1:54.87 1st
Janeth Jepkosgei 1:59.72 1 Q 1:57.28 1 Q 1:56.07 SB 2nd
Irene Jelagat 1500 m 4:09.92 9 N/A Did not advance
Viola Kibiwot 4:15.62 5 N/A Did not advance
Nancy Lagat 4:03.02 SB 1 Q N/A 4:00.23 PB 1st
Vivian Cheruiyot 5000 m 14:57.27 2 Q N/A 15:46.32 5
Priscah Jepleting 14:58.07 4 Q N/A 15:51.78 11
Sylvia Kibet 15:10.37 2 Q N/A 15:44.96 4
Peninah Arusei 10000 m N/A 31:39.87 18
Linet Masai N/A 30:26.50 4
Lucy Wangui N/A 30:39.96 7
Eunice Jepkorir 3000 m steeplechase 9:21.31 1 Q N/A 9:07.41 2nd
Ruth Bosibori Nyangau 9:19.75 2 Q N/A 9:17.35 6
Martha Komu Marathon N/A 2:27:23 5
Salina Jebet Kosgei N/A 2:29:28 10
Catherine Ndereba N/A 2:27:06 2nd

Boxing[edit]

Kenya qualified five boxers for the Olympic boxing tournament. Bilali was the only boxer to qualify at the first African qualifying event.[2] The other four boxers all earned spots at the second African tournament.[3] In addition, welterweight boxer Nickson Abaka qualified for the Olympics, but missed the event due to injury.[4]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Suleiman Bilali Light flyweight  Montero (DOM)
L 3–9
Did not advance
Bernard Ngumba Flyweight  Doniyorov (UZB)
L 1–10
Did not advance
Nick Okoth Featherweight  Reyes (MEX)
L 2–6
Did not advance
Aziz Ali Light heavyweight  Muzaffer (TUR)
L 3–8
Did not advance

Rowing[edit]

A sole Kenyan rower has qualified for the Olympics:[5]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Matthew Lidaywa Mwange Single sculls 8:16.09 6 SE/F BYE 7:49.17 4 FF 7:52:59 30

Swimming[edit]

Kenya sent two swimmers to Beijing.[6]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
David Dunford 50 m freestyle 22.29 20 Did not advance
Jason Dunford 100 m freestyle 49.06 24 Did not advance
100 m butterfly 51.14 4 Q 51.33 5 Q 51.47 5

Taekwondo[edit]

Two Kenyan taekwondo jins will compete at the 2008 olympics:[7]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Bronze Medal Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Dickson Wamwiri Men's −58 kg  Chu M-Y (TPE)
L 0–7
Did not advance
Mildred Alango Women's −49 kg  Wu Jy (CHN)
L 0–7
Did not advance  Zajc (SWE)
W 2–2 SUP
 Contreras (VEN)
L 0–1
Did not advance 5

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