Kipchoge Keino


About Me

When anyone thinks of Kip Keino the words “Legend” and “Iconic” come to mind immediately. One envisions Gold medals… someone that was born to run… leaving his opponents in the dust… victory! After all, this is the man that put Kenya on the map in the world of international athletics. He is the ultimate symbol of Kenyan Pride. He is Kenyan.

Kipchoge Keino

Keino was born in Kipsamo, Nandi District, Kenya on 17 January 1940. His name, Kipchoge, is a Nandi language expression for “born near the grain storage shed”.

  • Birthday: 17 January 1940
  • Phone: +254 722-808997
  • City: Eldoret, Kenya
  • Career: Joined the Kenya Police before taking up athletics
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Tragically, Keino lost his parents when he was young. He was then raised by an aunt. Keino’s father, a long-distance runner, introduced his son to the sport. However, it was only later in his adult life that Keino took up the sport.Keino took up competitive athletics. However, he did this while still working full time. In those days Kenya was not the powerhouse for runners like it is today. In fact, the world belief was that distance running was better suited for “sophisticated” white runners. No one, including Keino, realized that every instance and experience of his life was leading up to his breaking through social, racial, and sports barriers.


Olympic Games:

first place 1968 Mexico City 1500 metres

Olympic Games:

first place 1972 Munich 3000 metres steeple

Olympic Games:

second place 1968 Mexico City 5000 metres

Olympic Games:

second place 1972 Munich 1500 metres

Commonwealth Games::

first place 1966 Kingston Mile

Commonwealth Games::

first place 1966 Kingston 3 miles

Commonwealth Games::

second place 1970 Edinburgh 1500 metres

Commonwealth Games::

second place 1972 Munich 1500 metres

All-Africa Games::

first place 1965 Brazzaville 1500 metres

All-Africa Games::

first place 1965 Brazzaville 5000 metres

All-Africa Games::

second place 1973 Lagos 1500 metre


Every experience was going to change history and the face of Kenyan athletics. With each step he paved the way for future athletes to show their potential and make Kenya and her people proud.

In 1962

Keino started his journey by representing Kenya in the Commonwealth games in Australia where he came 11th in the three mile race.

In 1964

He was part of the Tokyo Olympics where we finished fifth in the 5000 meters. He didn’t qualify for the 1500 meters. That year Keino’s greatest victory was that he married Phyllis; his wife, life partner and biggest supporter. They later added their son Martin to their legacy.

On 27 August 1965

Keino created a new world record for the 3000 meters by over 6 seconds to 7:39.6 in his first attempt. He won gold medals for the 1500 meters and 5000 meters at the first All-African Games. Later in that year, he broke the 5000 meters world record held by Ron Clarke, clocking 13:24.2.

On 27 August 1965

In 1966, at the Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, Keino dominated and won the mile and three-mile runs. The following Commonwealth Games saw him win the 1500 metres and come in third in the 5000 metres.

At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City,

He won the gold medal for the 1500 metres and the silver medal for 5000 meters.

In 1972

Four years later, at the Olympics in Munich, Germany he won a gold medal for the 3000 metres steeplechase and a silver medal for the 1500 metres.

In 1973

Kipkeino announced his retirement from being an athlete. His dedication and involvement in the sport was far from over. In fact, the new chapter of his life was just as exciting and impactful.

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Honorary Awards

After retiring from competitive athletics, Keino and his wife, Phyllis Keino have dedicated their lives to humanitarian work in Eldoret, Kenya. What started out with them taking a few orphaned children into their house; evolved into a magnificent opportunity to helps hundreds of needly children. They did this by establishing the Lewa Children’s Home for orphans, Kip Keino Secondary School and Kipkeino Foundation.

2016 - Olympic opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Was awarded the first Olympic Laurel, for outstanding service to the Olympic movement.

Year 2012

Kipkeino was of one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall Of Fame

Year 1968

Kipkeino was on the cover of Track and Field News issue first issue following the Olympics.

Year 1969

Kipkeino Shared the cover of Track and Field News issue with Naftali Bon.

Year 1987

Kipkeino Shared Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year” award with seven others, characterized as “Athletes Who Care,” for his work with orphans.

Year 1996

Kipkeino was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame

Year 2007

Kipkeino was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Year 2007

Honorary degree from Egerton University, Nakuru.

Year 2012

Received further recognition from the City of Bristol after the National Olympic Committee of Kenya.

2012 – The Bristol City Council

Kipkeino was awarded freedom of the City being the first to receive this honour from Bristol since Sir Winston Churchill.

Year 1999 – 2016

Kipkeino was the Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK)

In 1996 Kipchoge Keino Stadium

Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret is named after me

Significant efforts

Dedicated significant efforts to humanitarian work in Eldoret, Kenya

Kipkeino Children's Home for orphans which provides food, shelter, healthcare, education, clothing, and counseling regularly for over 300 children

Kipkeino Foundation - non-profit organization registered in Kenya to advance humanitarian and my charitable efforts of helping the needy people in the community.

Kipkeino High School in 2009 - We started Kipkeino High school 15 years ago to enable students from Kipkeino Primary school to further their education.

Kipkeino Primary School was founded in 1999 to provide education for the children in the Lewa Children’s Home and the Eldoret area.

My Contacts


P.O. Box 2153 - 30100, ELDORET - KENYA


(+254)728 604 317/(+254)722 808 997

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