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The Best Olympic Athletes from Kenya

Updated February 14, 2018 613 votes 204 voters 51.7k views13 items

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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    Sabrina Simader

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

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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
      • 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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    • Catherine Nyambura Ndereba (born 21 July 1972) is a Kenyan marathon runner. She has twice won the marathon at the World Championships in Athletics and won silver medals at the Summer Olympic Games 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 2:18:47 at the Chicago Marathon. In 2008, Ndereba was described by Chicago Tribune sportswriter Philip Hersh as the greatest women's marathoner of all time....  more
      • 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: Silver medal
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    • Eunice Jepkorir Kertich (born 17 February 1982) 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 (four brothers and four sisters). She started serious running at the age of 15 while at high school. In 2003, she competed at some road races in Germany.She finished seventh in the long race at the 2004 World Cross Country Championships, while the Kenyan team, of which Jepkorir was a part, won the silver medal in the team competition. She won the Parelloop 10K in race in the...  more
      • 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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