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The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya 

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Updated February 14, 2018 453 votes 204 voters 51.6k views

These are the best Kenyan Olympians of all time who have had the honor of representing their country at the prestigious Olympic games.  Kenyan athletes from every era all have their place in the Olympic history books, but which Kenyan Olympian is the best of them all? You can decide who the greatest Olympic competitor from Kenya is by casting your vote below! 

America, Russia and Great Britain have the most Olympic medals out of every country that has been represented in the Olympics, but it doesn't mean that Olympic competitors from other nations don't deserve accolades as well. Vote for your favorite Kenya Olympic athletes on this list, and down vote the ones that you don't think had a huge impact on Kenya.

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Bernard Lagat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
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Bernard Kipchirchir Lagat (born December 12, 1974) is a Kenyan-American middle and long-distance runner. Lagat was born in Kapsabet, Kenya. Prior to his change of domicile to the USA, Lagat had an extensive competitive career representing his native country. He is the American record holder in the 1500 m and mile run indoors, as well as the 1500 m, 3000 m, and 5000 m outdoors, and is the Kenyan record holder at 1500 m outdoors. Lagat is the second fastest 1500 m runner of all time, behind Hicham El Guerrouj. Lagat is a five-time Olympian, having competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 games, and is a thirteen-time medalist in World Championships and Olympics including five gold ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics

Nationality: United States of America

Olympic Medalist Games: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics, 2000 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal, Bronze medal

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Sabrina Simader is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
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Sabrina Simader

An alpine skier, Sabrina Simader represented Kenya at the Olympics in 2016 and again in 2018. 

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Janeth Jepkosgei is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
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Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei (born 13 December 1983) is a Kenyan middle distance runner and former world champion. ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics

Nationality: Kenya

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Silver medal

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Brimin Kipruto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya
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Brimin Kipruto (born 31 July 1985) is a Kenyan middle distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. He was born in Korkitony, Keiyo District. He holds a personal best of 7:53.64 minutes which is the second fastest time ever run, and the African Record. His personal best is only .01 of a second behind the world record of former county mate Saif Saaeed Shaheen, who switched national affiliation to Qatar after growing up as Stephen Cherono in the Keiyo District. He won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics at the age of nineteen and improved to win the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics four years later. A World Championships bronze medallist in 2005, he took his ...more on Wikipedia

Olympic Sport: Track and field athletics

Nationality: Kenya

Olympic Medalist Games: 2008 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Participant: 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

Olympic Medals Won: Gold medal, Silver medal

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