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Famous Female Athletes from Kenya

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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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    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

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    • Birthplace: Rift Valley Province, Kenya
    • Nationality: Netherlands, 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

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    • Birthplace: Keiyo District, Kenya
    • Nationality: Netherlands, Kenya
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    Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei is a Kenyan middle distance runner and former world champion.more

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    • Birthplace: Keiyo District, 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

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    • Birthplace: Nandi County, Kenya
    • 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

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    • Birthplace: Nyeri County, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot is a long-distance running athlete from Kenya who specialises in track and cross country running. She represented Kenya at the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Olympics. Cheruiyot won a silver medal in the 5000 metres at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and ...more

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    • Birthplace: Keiyo District, 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

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    • Birthplace: Eldoret, 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

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    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Joyce Chepchumba is a long distance athlete from Kenya.more

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    • Birthplace: Kericho, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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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

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    • Birthplace: Nyeri, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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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

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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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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

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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Sylvia Jebiwott Kibet is an Kenyan long-distance runner. She was the silver medallist in the 5000 metres at the World Championships in Athletics in both 2009 and 2011. She also won medals over the distance at the 2006 African Championships in Athletics, the 2007 All-Africa Games and 2010 Commonwealth ...more

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    • Birthplace: Keiyo District, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Ruth Bosibori Nyangau is a Kenyan middle distance runner who specializes in the 3000 metres steeplechase. In July 2007 she became the first All-Africa Games champion in the event, as it was staged for the first time. In August the same year she finished fourth at the World Championships in a world ...more

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    • Birthplace: Kisii County, Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego is a Kenyan long- and middle-distance runner. She was the silver medallist in the 10,000 metres at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and the silver medalist in the same race at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. She has a personal record of 30:38.35 minutes for that ...more

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    • Birthplace: Kapsowar, 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

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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Lydia Cheromei

    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

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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

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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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    Salina Kosgei

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    Salina Jebet Kosgei is a long distance runner from Kenya. She is a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, has competed at the Olympics and has won various marathons, including the 2009 Boston Marathon.more

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

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    • Birthplace: Kenya
    • Nationality: Kenya
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