Kenya's best medal hopes at Tokyo Olympics


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2020 Summer Olympic Games 

Tokyo, Japan
July 23 - August 8, 2021
 
Kenya are set to make their 15th appearance in the Olympic Games and they have won 103 medals in total, all from boxing and track and field events.
 
We take a closer look at some of Kenya's leading medal contenders:
 

Hellen Obiri (athletics) 

 
The middle-distance runner is the current 5000 meters champion after winning gold in the 2017 World Championships and she successfully defended the title in 2019.
 
Obiri narrowly missed out on an Olympic Gold medal at the 2016 Olympics as she won a silver medalist over the same distance (5000 meters) - with her compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot winning the race.
 
The 31-year-old, who holds the Kenyan National Record for the mile, 3000 meters, and 5000 meters events, will be confident of winning a gold medal in Japan with Cheruiyot missing.
 

Julius Yego (athletics)

 
The accomplished javelin thrower tends to raise his game in big events having won medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and Olympic Games.
 
Nicknamed "Mr. YouTube" because he learned how to throw by watching YouTube videos of javelin athletes, Yego won silver at the 2016 Olympics with Germany's Thomas Rohler winning gold.
 
Mr YouTube, who is the African record and Commonwealth record holder for the event with a personal best of 92.72 m, will be among the favourites in Tokyo with Rohler set to miss the tournament.
 
"To me, I take the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 very seriously," Yego said to Xinhua. 
 
"This will be the last Games in which I will be able to compete at the highest level. "Age is a major factor in this sport and I will be 35 by the time the next Olympics comes around."

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Eliud Kipchoge (athletics) 

 
The athletics superstar has been described as the greatest marathoner of the modern era and he will be hoping to add to the three Olympic medals which he has won thus far.
 
A five-time World Championship 5000 m finalist, Kipchoge was unstoppable in 2016 as he won the London Marathon, Olympic Games marathon, and Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. 
 
The two-time IAAF Male Athlete of the Year also won bronze in the 5000 meters at the 2004 Olympics and silver in the same event at the 2008 Olympics and he will be eager to win more medals in Japan.
 

Faith Kipyegon (athletics)

 
The 27-year-old middle-distance runner is a clear favourite to win the 1,500 meters race at the 2020 Olympics having dominated the event since 2016.
 
Since winning gold in the 1,500 meters at the 2016 Olympics, Kipyegon has won a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships, and a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.
 
Kipyegon is coming into the Tokyo Games having improved her personal best and national record by more than 3 seconds to stop the clock at 3:51.07 secs, the 4th fastest time in history at the 2021 EBS Herculis meeting in Monaco. 
 

Kenya's performance at 2016 Olympic Games


Medals: 13
Gold Medals: 6
Silver Medals: 6
Bronze Medals: 1
 

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Published: 07/14/2021