Kipchoge Keino is an Olympian gold medalist, an Olympic record holder and the former president of NOCK.
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Kipchoge Keino was born on 17th January 1940 in Nandi county.
Kipchoge Keino’s full name Kipchoge Hezekiah “Kip” Keino. His name, Kipchoge, is a Nandi language expression for “born near the grain storage shed”.
Kipchoge Keino is married to Phyllis and have seven children.
Kipchoge’s parents died when he was a youngster and he was raised by an aunt. After finishing school, he joined the Kenya Police. Before taking up athletics, he played rugby.
Kipchoge Keino began his international career at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia where he came eleventh in the three miles. At the 1964 Summer Olympics he finished fifth in 5000 m and just missed qualification for the 1500 m final. After retiring in 1975, Kipchoge Keino became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC),a position he only relinquished on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 80.
In 1996, Kipchoge Keino was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame . In 2012, he was one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Hall of Fame.
Kipchoge Keino is the first ever recipient of the olympic Laurel, a distinction created by the international Olympic Committee (IOC) to honour an outstanding individual for their achievements in education, culture, development and peace through sport.
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