Munich 1972: Kip keeps the steeplechase as relay quartet stuns the world

Munich 1972: Kip keeps the steeplechase as relay quartet stuns the world

Kenya returned for their fifth Olympic games in Munich, West Germany in 1972 having caught the world’s attention with a breath taking display in Mexico four years earlier.

The country was represented in four disciplines namely athletics, boxing, hockey and swimming by a total of 57 athletes who included two female athletes.

Come Well Fed!

Come Well Fed!

Looking at current strides in nutrition, strength and conditioning, one can’t help but  reminisce how back in the day, guys would feast thoroughly on meals heavily before a match, with management encouraging this.

Come 4.30pm and you, the fastest guy on your team, would be running with the handbrake on, well fed! 

Other guys would push serious weights on the morning of a game, the fatigue showing later that afternoon. 

Mexico 1968: Kenya announces herself to the world

Mexico 1968: Kenya announces herself to the world

Kenya’s fourth appearance at an Olympic games would be a special one for various reasons. The 1968 Olympics in Mexico were the first to be held in a developing country and at high altitude.

It was also the first time since their maiden Olympics appearance in 1956 that the Kenyan contingent of 39 athletes included women- the 18 year old duo of Elizabeth Chesire and Tekla Chemabwai as well as 22 year Lydia Stephens who were all part of the athletics team.

Kenya’s Olympic Journey: 1956- 1964

Kenya’s Olympic Journey: 1956- 1964

Kenya has competed in almost every Olympic Games since making their debut at the Melbourne Olympics of 1956. With the exception of the 1976 and 1980 games which Kenya and other countries boycotted for varying reasons, it has been a long, winding journey filled with many firsts, highs and lows along the way too. I begin documenting Kenya’s journey over the years.