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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Kenyan Gold Rush in Beijing!

Kenyan runners have won two more gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in the mens 800 meters and women's 1500 meters.

It all started with Wilfred Bungei winning the men's 800 meters in a race in which Sudan's Ismail Ahmed Ismail of Sudan came second followed by Alfred Yego of Kenya who got the bronze.

A few minutes later Nancy Jebet Langat of Kenya won the women's 1500 meters in what is being reported as an upset.

More later. Enjoy the photos

Wilfred Bungei of Kenya (2246) crosses the finish line first to win the men's 800m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 23, 2008. The other competitors are Nabil Madi of Algeria (1007), Alfred Kirwa Yego of Kenya (2251), who finished third, Gary Reed of Canada (1295), Ismail Ahmed Ismail of Sudan (2914), who finished second, Yeimer Lopez of Cuba (partially obscured), Nadjim Manseur of Algeria (1008) and Yusuf Saad Kamel of Bahrain.

Gold medallist Wilfred Bungei of Kenya and bronze medallist Alfred Kirwa Yego of Kenya celebrate after competing in the men's 800m final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 23, 2008.

Men's 800m winner Wilfred Bungei of Kenya (L) celebrates with compatriot Alfred Kirwa Yego, classified in second position, after the final of the athletics competition in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 23, 2008.

Kenya's Nancy Jebel Langat crosses the finish line to win the gold in the women's 1500-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008.


Kenya's Nancy Jebel Langat, right, crosses the finish line to win the gold in the women's 1500-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008.

Read BBC Reports Here:

Bungei battles hard to 800m glory

Langat takes 1500m gold for Kenya

UPDATE FROM BEIJING

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele has survived a strong Kenyan challenge to win gold in the men's 5000 meters where Kenyan's Eliud Kipchoge and Edwin Cheruiyot Soi won the silver and bronze respectively.

This is now shaping up to be the best performance by Kenya at any Olympic games where the country is presently ranked at position 16 overall with a total of 13 medals; 4 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze.

9 comments:

papa plus said...

Hongera vijana hongera! Now if we could just expand into other sports. I thought we used to be pretty good in volley ball

Sam Okello said...

Impressive!

Proud Kikuyu Woman said...

Go Kenya!

Shiko-Msa said...

Najivunia kuwa Mkenya!! Congrats to our athletes.

Anonymous said...

ASANTENI SANA WANARIADHA WETU!!!!

2012 tutachukua 10,000m na 5,000m.

Wanawake wetu pia wamejaribu sana.

Kimi Raikkonen said...

Best Olympics was 1988 with 5 gold.

mama njeri said...

Am I having hallucinations here, Kimi Raikkonen, the F1 racing driver in Kumekucha??

Taabu said...

Mama Njeri,
You are NOT hallucinating. That is our own Kenyan Kimi Raikkonen. He has been with us here long enough as a TOUPHIE. Kimi wish you all the best from your pole position in Valencia. Lakini LH bado mbele.

Mzalendo. said...

Asanteni sana nyinyi wote ambao mliwakilisha Kenya kule Beijing Uchina.
Hongera kwa wote walionyakua medali za dhahabu,fedha na shaba.Pongezi pia kwa kikosi kilichoandamana na wanariadha wetu kule Uchina.
Rekodi zimewekwa na zingine kuvunjwa.
Karibuni hapa hapa nyumbani na mwendelee vivyo hivyo sababu kushinda, ni lazima tushinde.haya..asanteni.
Kenya hoiyeee!!!

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