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Famous Female Athletes from Kenya

List of popular female athletes from Kenya, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Kenya has a rich history of competing in sports, and these are the famous females that make that competition so exciting. Some of the best Kenyan female athletes in the world are listed below, some of who have represented Kenya in the Olympics. You can click on the names of these talented female athletes of Kenya in order to get more information about each one, such as the birthplace of the athlete and when they were born.

Athletes on this list include Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet and Nancy Langat.

This list answers the questions, "What famous female athletes are from Kenya?" and "Who are the greatest female Kenyan athletes?"


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    Alice Kimetto Chelangat is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in the marathon race. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Caroline Kilel

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    Caroline Cheptanui Kilel is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes road running competitions, including the marathon. She was the winner at the 2011 Boston Marathon and the Frankfurt Marathon in 2010 and 2013. Kilel has also won marathons in Ljubljana, Taipei, Nairobi and Palermo. Her personal best ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Catherine Nyambura Ndereba is a Kenyan marathon runner. She has twice won the marathon at the World Championships in Athletics and won silver medals in the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. She is also a four-time winner of the Boston Marathon. Ndereba broke the women's marathon world record in 2001, running ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Nyeri County, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Edith Masai

    Edith Chewangel Masai is a Kenyan former long-distance runner who specialised in cross country and track races, then road races in her late career. She represented Kenya at the 2004 Summer Olympics. Her best achievements are three individual gold medals in the short race at the IAAF World Cross Country ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Eunice Jepkorir Kertich is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialises in the steeplechase. She was the 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the event and bronze medalist at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. She is from Eldama Ravine. Her parents are farmers and she has eight siblings. She started ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Hellen Kimaiyo Kipkoskei is a retired runner from Kenya. She won many continental competitions. She competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics aged less than 16 and at the 1992 Summer Olympics. She is also a multiple Kenyan champion. In addition, she was a successful road runner. She won Peachtree Road Race ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Hilda Kibet is a Dutch runner of Kenyan birth. She is the sister of Sylvia Kibet and the niece of Lornah Kiplagat. She obtained Dutch nationality in October 2007. Kibet's longtime partner is Dutch marathon runner Hugo van den Broek. They split their time between Iten, Kenya and Castricum, in the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Keiyo District, Kenya
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Kenya
    • Profession: Physiotherapist, Athlete
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    Isabella Bosibori Ochichi from Kenya was the silver medal winner in the final of the women's 5,000 meter race at the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece. She finished in a time of 14:48.19, about 2.5 seconds behind the winner, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia. In 1997, aged 17, she competed in France ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Jane Wanjiku Gakunyi is a Kenyan long-distance runner. At the 2003 World Cross Country Championships she finished third in the short race, while the Kenyan team, of which Wanjiku was a part, won the team competition. She finished ninth at the 2004 World Cross Country Championships, but this was not ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei is a Kenyan middle distance runner and former world champion. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Keiyo District, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Profession: Track and field athlete
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    Joyce Chepchumba is a long distance athlete from Kenya. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Kericho, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Linet Chepkwemoi Masai is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in track and cross country running events. She won her first world title in the 10,000 metres at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. Masai became the world junior cross country champion in 2007 and set a world junior record for ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Lornah Kiplagat is a Dutch long-distance runner. She was born in Kabiemit, Rift Valley Province, Kenya and came to the Netherlands in 1999. She gained Dutch citizenship in 2003 and has competed for the Netherlands since. She runs not only road events but also in cross country and track and field. She ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Rift Valley Province, Kenya
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Kenya
    • Profession: Athlete
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    Lucy Wangui Kabuu is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in the 5000 and 10,000 metres events. She has represented Kenya twice at the Summer Olympics, finishing in the top ten of the 10,000 m race in both 2004 and 2008. Her personal bests of 14:33.49 minutes for the 5000 m and 30:39.96 minutes ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Nyeri, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Lydia Cheromei

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    Lydia Cheromei is a Kenyan athlete. She specializes in long distance running. She rose to fame at the age of thirteen with a win in the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She took some years away from competition, citing burnout, and returned in the mid-nineties, making an ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Margaret Okayo is a professional marathon runner from Kenya. She has won a number of major marathons, including the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, and the London Marathon. She has also won the San Diego Marathon on two occasions. Okayo started running while at primary school. She graduated ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Nancy Jebet Langat is a Kenyan middle distance runner who specialises in the 1500 metres. She won the gold medal in the 1500 m at the 2008 Summer Olympics, in a personal best time of 4:00.23. She also competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2005 World Championships without reaching the finals. In ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Eldoret, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Naomi Mugo

    Naomi Mugo is a Kenyan middle-distance runner who specializes in the 1500 metres and cross-country running. She was the 1999 winner of the Cross Internacional de Soria competition. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Pamela Jelimo is a Kenyan middle-distance runner, specialising in the 800 metres. She won the gold medal in this event at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing at the age of 18. She is the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold medal and also the first Kenyan to win the Golden League Jackpot. She holds both ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Nandi County, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
    • Profession: Track and field athlete
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    Pauline Konga is a retired Kenyan long-distance runner. At the 1996 Summer Olympics she won the silver medal in the 5000 metres, making her the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic medal. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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