Kenyans have continued to congratulate the athletics team that did the country proud in the just concluded Rio Olympics games. The congratulations are indeed in order given the impressive performance the team registered.
This even as claims of mismanagement and negative publicity that bogged the Kenyan team in Rio. The athletes surpassed expectations after emerging as the unbeatable African state in Olympic games.
The first gold medal for Kenya was registered by Jemimah Sumgong, who became the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic marathon final.
Olympic Champion David Rudisha then became the first man to defend the men’s 800m Olympic title for over fifty years after he claimed gold for Kenya in the final.
Faith Kipyegon also managed to bring a gold medal for Kenya in the women’s 1500m final after she beat the defending Olympic champion Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia.
Youngster Conseslus Kipruto beat compatriot and legend Ezekiel Kemboi to the gold medal in the men’s 3000m steeplechase final.
Vivian Cheruiyot added a fifth gold medal for Kenya when she convincingly beat rival Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia in the 5000m final, Almaz Ayana forced Cheruiyot to get Kenya a silver medal in the Women’s 10,000m final earlier in the games.
The sixth and final gold medal came through Eliud Kipchoge, when he won the men’s marathon in the last day of the Olympic games.
Rio Olympics silver medalists include Hyvin Jepkemoi of the women’s 3000m steeplechase and Hellen Obiri of the women’s 5000m races.
Paul Tanui also bagged silver for Kenya in the 10000m finals, while Boniface Mucheru also scooped silver in the men’s 400m hurdles final.
World Champion Julius Yego won the silver medal for Kenya in the men’s javelin final, while Margaret Wambui clinched the only bronze medal for Kenya in the women’s 800m final.