April 21, 2024

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The Seoul 1988 gold rush

It was an Olympiad of firsts. Robert Wangila “Napunyi” became the first Kenyan boxer to reach an Olympic final since Philip Waruinge in 1972. “Napunyi” bettered Waruinge’s silver medal performance from Munich by knocking out Frenchman Laurent Boudani to claim gold in the welterweight category, the first ever boxing gold medal by a Kenyan or African boxer.

The boycotts and the 1984 aftermath

Emerging talent such as Mike Boit a bronze medalist in Munich and Henry Rono would be unlucky to miss out on both games, especially when you realize that they were in the prime of their careers at this point in time.

Munich 1972: Kip keeps the steeplechase in Kenya as relay quartet stuns the world

Kipchoge Keino came into the games in Munich as the defending champion over 1500m.  He was unable to defend this title, settling for silver in a time of 3 minutes 36.8 seconds as Finland’s PekkaVasala claimed gold in 3 minutes 36.3 seconds. 

Mexico 1968: Kenya announces herself to the world

Naftali Temu claimed Kenya’s first ever Gold medal at an Olympic Games, beating a strong field to win the 10000m. He also won a bronze medal in the 5000m.

Tokyo: Where Kenya's Olympic medal haul began in 1964

Kenya was making its first appearance as an independent state, having obtained independence from Great Britain in 1963. It had previously competed as a British colony at the 1956 games in Melbourne, Australia and 1960 in Rome, Italy.

Rudisha, Farah among big names missing from Tokyo Olympics

Kenya's 800m world record holder David Rudisha, Olympic champion in 2012 and 2016 will not be in Tokyo. His agent, Michel Boeting, told The Associated Press in May that Tokyo was "out of the question" for Rudisha because of a persistent hamstring problem.

What you need to know about the Tokyo Olympics

The opening ceremony is due to take place on Friday 23 July.