Mathew Sawe

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Mathew Sawe
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Kenya
African Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 Durban High jump
Gold medal – first place 2018 Asaba High jump
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Porto Novo High jump

Mathew Kiplagat Sawe (born 2 July 1988) is a Kenyan track and field athlete who competes in the high jump. He holds a personal best of 2.30 m (7 ft 6 12 in), which is the Kenyan record for the event.[1]

He reached international level in 2012 and competed in two events at the African Championships. He fared poorly in the 800 metres but reached the high jump podium with a jump of 2.15 m (7 ft 12 in), taking the bronze medal. In 2014 he competed at the 2014 African Championships in Athletics and 2014 Commonwealth Games without reaching the podium.

His breakthrough came in 2015, when he won the 2015 national trials with a national record height.[2][3] A jump of 2.21 m (7 ft 3 in) brought him the gold at the 2016 African Championships in Athletics. This made him the first Kenyan to win that title.[4]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2010 African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 10th High jump 2.05 m
2012 African Championships Porto Novo, Benin 23rd (heats) 800 m 1:56.29
3rd High jump 2.15 m
2014 African Championships Marrakesh, Morocco 6th High jump 2.15 m
Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 18th (q) High jump 2.11 m
2015 African Games Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 4th High jump 2.19 m
Military World Games Mungyeong, South Korea 6th High jump 2.20 m
2016 African Championships Durban, South Africa 1st High jump 2.21 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 16th (q) High jump 2.15 m
African Championships Asaba, Nigeria 1st High jump 2.30 m

National titles[edit]


  1. ^ David Macharia (31 July 2015). "Yes, dazzling Vivian is back!". Daily Nation. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  2. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2015-08-01). ‘Fergie’ topples ‘King David’, Kiprop, Sum soar. Capital FM Sports. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.
  3. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2015-08-01). Rudisha beaten by Rotich but other top stars excel at Kenyan Trials. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.
  4. ^ Botton, Wesley (2016-06-24). Semenya wins 1500m at African Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-01.

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