Kenyans Look Back On Luckluster Olympics

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 3, 2013
  • Updated Jan. 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM UTC
Mary Keitany. Photo:

The East African nation didn’t live up to expectations at the Games.

Last year at the London Olympic Games, Kenya, one of the world’s powerhouses for distance running, was supposed to do great things.

But runners from this East African country didn’t put forth performances that the world expected.

Take for instance the marathon: both the men’s and women’s world champions (Abel Kirui and Edna Kiplagat) hailed from Kenya. On the women’s side there was Mary Keitany, who has run the third-fastest time ever.

In the race, none of the men won gold. Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich upset the field and blazed past Kirui and Kipsang with 5K to go.

And on the women’s side it was Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana who prevailed.

Still, there were some highlights, namely, David Rudisha, who broke the 1:41 barrier in the 800m to win gold with a new world record (1:40.91). Some have called Rudisha’s race the “performance of the Olympics”.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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