Kenya at the 2012 Summer Olympics

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Kenya at the Olympic Games

Flag of Kenya
IOC code  KEN
NOC National Olympic Committee Kenya
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
Competitors 47 in 4 sports
Flag bearer Jason Dunford (opening)[1]
David Rudisha (closing)
Medals
Rank: 28
Gold
2
Silver
4
Bronze
5
Total
11
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games

Kenya competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's thirteenth appearance at the Olympics, except the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the African and United States boycott.

National Olympic Committee Kenya (NOCK) sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games, surpassing the record by just a single athlete short in Beijing. A total of 47 athletes, 27 men and 20 women, competed only in athletics (specifically in the middle-distance events and marathon), boxing, swimming, and weightlifting. The Kenyan team featured four past Olympic champions: middle-distance runners Pamela Jelimo and Asbel Kiprop and steeplechase runners Brimin Kipruto and Ezekiel Kemboi. Among these champions, Kemboi only managed to recapture his gold medal from Athens, after winning the men's steeplechase event. Kenya's top swimmer Jason Dunford, who specialized in the butterfly and freestyle events, became the nation's first male flag bearer at the opening ceremony since 2000.[1]

Kenya left London with a total of 11 medals (2 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze), being the most successful African country in these Olympic games based on the overall medal standings. All of these medals were awarded to the track and field athletes. Middle-distance runner and world champion David Rudisha became the first athlete to set a world record on the track in London, as he won the gold medal in the men's 800 m.[2]

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Ezekiel Kemboi Athletics Men's 3000 m steeplechase 5 August
 Gold David Rudisha Athletics Men's 800 m 9 August
 Silver Sally Kipyego Athletics Women's 10,000 m 3 August
 Silver Priscah Jeptoo Athletics Women's marathon 5 August
 Silver Vivian Cheruiyot Athletics Women's 5000 m 10 August
 Silver Abel Kirui Athletics Men's marathon 12 August
 Bronze Vivian Cheruiyot Athletics Women's 10,000 m 3 August
 Bronze Abel Kiprop Mutai Athletics Men's 3000 m steeplechase 5 August
 Bronze Timothy Kitum Athletics Men's 800 m 9 August
 Bronze Thomas Longosiwa Athletics Men's 5000 metres 11 August
 Bronze Wilson Kipsang Athletics Men's marathon 12 August

Athletics[edit]

Kenyan athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard):[3][4]

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
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Anthony Chemut 800 m 1:47.42 2 Q 1:45.63 4 Did not advance
Timothy Kitum 1:45.72 2 Q 1:44.63 2 Q 1:42.53 3
David Rudisha 1:45.90 1 Q 1:44.35 1 Q 1:40.91 WR 1
Nixon Chepseba 1500 m 3:42.29 9 Q 3:34.89 4 Q 3:39.04 11
Silas Kiplagat 3:39.79 4 Q 3:34.60 2 Q 3:36.19 7
Asbel Kiprop 3:36.59 3 Q 3:42.92 2 Q 3:39.04 12
Isiah Koech 5000 m 13:25.64 2 Q N/A 13:43.83 5
Thomas Longosiwa 13:15.41 3 Q N/A 13:42.36 3
Edwin Soi 13:27.06 6 N/A Did not advance
Bedan Karoki 10000 m N/A 27:32.94 5
Wilson Kiprop N/A DNF
Moses Masai N/A 27:41.34 12
Vincent Kosgei 400 m hurdles 50.80 7 Did not advance
Boniface Mucheru 50.33 6 Did not advance
Ezekiel Kemboi 3000 m steeplechase 8:20.97 2 Q N/A 8:18.56 1
Brimin Kipruto 8:28.62 1 Q N/A 8:23.03 5
Abel Mutai 8:17.70 3 Q N/A 8:19.73 3
Wilson Kipsang Marathon N/A 2:09:37 3
Abel Kirui N/A 2:08:27 2
Emmanuel Mutai N/A 2:14:49 17
Alphas Kishoyian
Boniface Mucheru
Vincent Mumo
Boniface Mweresa
4×400 m relay DSQ N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Julius Yego Javelin throw 81.81 9 q 77.15 12
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Joy Nakhumicha Sakari 400 m 51.85 3 Q 52.95 8 Did not advance
Pamela Jelimo 800 m 2:00.54 1 Q 1:59.42 1 Q 1:57.59 4
Janeth Jepkosgei 2:01.04 1 Q 1:58.26 3 q 2:00.19 8
Cherono Koech 2:08.43 3 Q 2:00.53 5 Did not advance
Faith Chepngetich 1500 m 4:08.78 9 Did not advance
Hellen Obiri 4:05.40 4 Q 4:02.30 5 Q 4:16.57 12
Eunice Sum 4:16.95 10 Did not advance
Vivian Cheruiyot 5000 m 15:01.54 2 Q N/A 15:04.73 2
Viola Kibiwot 14:59.31 3 Q N/A 15:11.59 6
Sally Kipyego 15:01.87 3 Q N/A 15:05.79 4
Joyce Chepkurui 10000 m N/A DNF
Vivian Cheruiyot N/A 30:30.44 3
Sally Kipyego N/A 30:26.37 2
Maureen Maiyo 400 m hurdles 1:02.16 7 Did not advance
Milcah Chemos 3000 m steeplechase 9:27.09 3 Q N/A 9:09.88 4
Mercy Njoroge 9:25.99 3 Q N/A 9:26.73 10
Lydia Rotich 9:42.03 8 N/A Did not advance
Priscah Jeptoo Marathon N/A 2:23:12 2
Mary Keitany N/A 2:23.56 4
Edna Kiplagat N/A 2:27:52 20

Boxing[edit]

Kenya has qualified boxers for the following events[5]

Men
Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Benson Gicharu Njangiru Flyweight  Abdelaal (EGY)
L 16–19
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Elizabeth Andiego Middleweight  Volnova (KAZ)
L 11–20
Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Kenyan swimmers have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the Olympic Qualifying Time (OQT), and 1 at the Olympic Selection Time (OST)):[6][7]

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
David Dunford 50 m freestyle 22.72 27 Did not advance
100 m freestyle 49.60 26 Did not advance
Jason Dunford 100 m butterfly 52.23 15 Q 52.16 12 Did not advance

Weightlifting[edit]

Kenya has qualified 1 athlete.

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Mercy Apondi Obiero Women's −69 kg 76 14 105 13 181 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (26 July 2012). "New role for Jason". Standard Digital News. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Rostance, Tom (9 August 2012). "David Rudisha breaks 800m world record in Olympics win". BBC Sports. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  4. ^ IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – London 2012 ENTRY STANDARDS, IAAF, retrieved 4 June 2011 
  5. ^ "Final African Olympic Quota Places revealed". AIBA. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  7. ^ FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DE NATATION – Swimming, FINA, retrieved 8 June 2011 

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