Wilson Kiprugut

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Wilson Kiprugut
Wilson Kiprugut 1968.jpg
Personal information
Born 1938 (age 78–79)
Kericho, Kenya
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400 m, 800 m
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m – 46.6 (1965)
800 m – 1:44.57 (1968)

Wilson Chuma Kiprugut (born 1938) is a retired Kenyan sprinter and middle-distance runner. He competed at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics and won two medals in the 800 metres event; in 1964 he also ran 400 metres, but failed to reach the final.[1] He was the first Kenyan athlete to win an Olympic medal.[2]

At the 1962 Commonwealth Games he was part of the Kenyan 4×440 yards relay team which finished fifth.[3] At the 1966 Commonwealth Games he won the 880 yards bronze medal. He won two gold medals (in the 400 and 800 metres) at the inaugural All-Africa Games in 1965.[4]

In 2010 he was selected as World Sports Personality of the Year.[5]

He grew up in Kericho and began running as a child while at Kaptebeswet Primary School and Sitotwet Intermediate School.[2] His talent was first identified when he ran at the East and Central African Championships – an event where he won no less than three 880-yard titles.[6]


  1. ^ Wilson Kiprugut. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ a b Tanui, Nikko (2013-11-27). Wilson Kiprugut Chumo: Champion who brought first medal to Kenyan soil. Kenya Standard. Retrieved on 2015-07-12.
  3. ^ The Standard, February 1, 2003: Antao put Kenya on world map
  4. ^ Wilson Kiprugut. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-07-12.
  5. ^ SOYA Awards - Winner 2010. soyaawards.com
  6. ^ East and Central African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-07-12.