Hussein’s win in the New York City Marathon in the fall of 1987 was the first by a runner of African descent in the event. Three years later, Douglas Wakiihuri would win the race that begins in Staten Island and goes through Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, ending in Manhattan's Central Park. Kenyan men would win the race eight more times, and Kenyan women six in the open division. Among them:
Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) is the governing body for Colleges and Universities Sports in Kenya.
Cricket is another popular and the most successful team sport. Kenya has competed in the Cricket World Cup since 1996. They upset some of the World's best teams and reached semi-finals of the 2003 tournament. They also won the inaugural World Cricket League Division 1 hosted in Nairobi and participated in the World T20. Their current captain is Steve Tikolo.
Alongside the World Cup, there is the 2016 Olympic Games, which Kenya intends to participate and then the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in 2014
Ibrahim Hussein won the first of his three Boston Marathon victories in 1988, less than a year after winning the New York City Marathon. Hussein would have back-to-back victories at Boston in 1991-92. Kenyan men broke the tape at the Boston Marathon 20 times since 1988, including 10 times in a row from 1991 to 2000. Kenyan women have 10 victories at Boston, four of them by one woman. The notable winners:
Prominent Kenyan-born legend drivers at the WRC series: Joginder Singh (1973–1980), Shekhar Mehta (1973–1987), Patrick Njiru (1983–1998), and Ian Duncan (1983–1999).
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Julius Yego became the first Kenyan field athlete to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games when he won the javelin title at the 2014 event in Glasgow (fellow Kenyan John Makaya had taken a bronze in the same event forty years earlier at the 1974 Commonwealths in Christchurch). The following year he took Kenya's first World Championship gold in the field at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, where he set a new Commonwealth record of 95.72m on his way to victory.
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The African Rally Championship (ARC) is a regional body of FIA and runs an annual rally season with eight rounds in eight different countries (Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Madagascar) from March to November, except in October. The Safari Rally was acknowledged as one of the toughest rallies in the world. The Kenyan legend, Shekhar Mehta/Nissan won the ARC inaugural season (1981) while Davis Horsey/Peugeot was the last Kenyan to win ARC in 1984.
Rising food prices affects all people in the region, but perhaps most especially those living in households affected by HIV/AIDS. Not only do the families and households have more limited resources due to sick members, but those with HIV/AIDS have greater nutritional requirements: without adequate nutrition, ARTs cannot be taken and are not effective.
Some of the KNRC two-wheel drivers: James Kirimi, Patrick Kibara, Joe Muchiri, Adnan Suhail, and Niaz Bashir.
Next to the Central Highlands and the Rift Valley, golf is played a lot in the Nairobi area, which has 6 eighteen-hole courses.
Baseball is picking up in Eastern Africa countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Rwanda. The annual East Africa championships held for the first time in Migori and expected again this year. Ready as it rejoins the Olympics in Japan in 2020.
Kenya rugby sevens team is on a journey to conquer its opponents and the World Cup in Moscow in July will be a realistic stage to gauge its growth level.
Rowing Interest was revived within Kenya Navy while Mombasa Rowing Club relocated to Tudor Creek. In 2000, The Rowing team competed for the first time outside Kenya in the 4th Africa Rowing Championships in Pretoria South Africa with 8 rowers, all from Kenya Navy. In 2003, Canoeing was added as an activity to the national federation which then became Kenya Rowing and Canoe Association having been affiliated to International Canoe Federation(ICF) in the same year.
The newest of the World Marathon Majors, the first Tokyo Marathon was held in 2007. Daniel Njenga won the inaugural race in 2:09:45. Kenyan runners have won the race four times, including the 2013 champion Dennis Kimetto, who set a course record (2:06:50).
Even more remarkably, within Kenya one tribe – the Kalinjin – can claim about 75% of all Kenyan medals. Men from this tribe account for about 10% of the Kenyan population and only 0.05% of the world population, yet the Kalinjin win close to 40% of ALL international long-distance running prizes for men.
Also in the women’s team are London marathon champion Priscah Jeptoo the 2008 Amsterdam champ Lydia Cheromei, Lucy Kabuu, who holds the all time ninth fastest time in Marathon with her second place exploits at the 2012 Dubai Marathon of 2:19:34.
The athletes, who will not take part in any marathon races until after the World Championships, will proceed to residential camp in Eldoret at the end of this month.
While withdrawing from last month’s London Marathon, Kirui disclosed that he had an injury that would keep him out for some time but would assess himself ahead of the Worlds.
Basketball is a popular sport in Kenya, especially among the youth. The country has traditionally been home to several successful players of the US-based NCAA, which is widely considered the world's strongest basketball league for College and University students. Notable players there include Joel Awich (Cal Poly), Tylor Ongwae (LA-Monroe) and Tom Wamukota (Wichita State). Yet, the number of Kenyans who play professionally for top teams in Europe and Asia is still low.
Sports in Kenya are paralleled with Kenyan culture and as old as the archeological trivia of the trace of the origin of mankind. Various indigenous traditional sports have prevailed in Kenya as elements of culture and a way of life since the history of mankind. Some of the traditional games and sports prevalent in Kenya since antiquity included but not limited to, wrestling, racing exercises, stick fights, hunting (using spears and arrows), board games, bull fights, and dances.
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At the end of the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Series in May 2013, New Zealand finished top in the overall standings with 173 points ahead of South Africa (132), Fiji (121), Samoa (104) and Kenya (99).For the complete table check http://www.irbsevens.com/standings.html
Kenya has also been a dominant force in ladies' volleyball within Africa, with Kenyan clubs winning 13 African Championships, and the national team leading the continental championship with 9 titles since 1991. The women's team has also competed at the Olympics and World Championships but without any notable success.
Others are Jemimah Jelagat, who won the 2013 Rotterdam Marathon in a personal best 2:23:27 in April and Margaret Akai, winner of the Daegu International Marathon in April with personal best of 2:23.28.
Kenya has achieved great success in swimming considering it is an individual sport.
Many big football matches take place at the Moi International Sports Center on the outskirts of Nairobi, whose official capacity is 60,000, but which hosts many more during national matches.
Even though Kirui, who retained his World title during the 2011 Daegu Worlds, is in the team, the selectors are keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that he will have recovered from a stress fracture in his right shin in time for Moscow.
Sports Played In Kenya
Only three Kenyan men have won individual world cross country titles in the men’s division, and two of them won multiple crowns. John Ngugi became the first man to win the world championship five times (1986–89, 1992). Countryman Paul Tergat became the first man to win five times in a row (1995-1999). Edith Masai won the 4-kilometer women’s short race three consecutive times (2003-2004).
Many world-class boxers like Dick Tiger, Gerrie Coetzee and Corrie Sanders have emerged from the continent. Gerrie Coetzee was the first boxer from the African continent ever to fight for, and win, a world heavyweight title. He held the WBA version of the championship between September 1983 and December 1984. Boxing is very popular in Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa. Various boxing tournaments are held in many countries of Africa.
Globally, Kenya is mainly known for her dominance in middle-distance and long-distance races, Rugby specially the Rugby Sevens and swimming. Kenya has also been a dominant force in ladies' volleyball within Africa, with both the clubs and the national team winning various continental championships in the past decade
Kenya Primary Schools Sports Association (KPSSA) and Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) are the governing bodies for sports in primary schools (1st to 8th grade) and secondary schools (9th to 12th grades)
A Kenyan cycling team, the Kenyan Riders, was originally founded in 2009 by Singaporean photographer Nicholas Leong after seeing Kenyan runners dominate the Singapore Marathon. In 2016 the Kenyan Riders merged with Pro Team Downunder to form Kenyan Riders Downunder, the first UCI Continental team to be registered in East Africa.
For the country ' s affluent, golf is a popular sport. There are a number of well-maintained country clubs in Nairobi that offer good golfing facilities. Muthaiga Country Club, the old premier settler club, has a top-flight golf course as well as other sporting facilities. Other prominent clubs that have golf courses are Karen Country Club, Limuru Country Club, Royal Nairobi Golf Club, Sigma Golf Club, and the Railway Golf Club.
Kenya won several medals during the Beijing Olympics, 6 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze, making it Africa's most successful Nation in the 2008 Olympics. New athletes gained attention, such as Pamela Jelimo, the women's 800m gold medalist who went ahead to win the Golden League jackpot, and Samuel Wanjiru who won the men's marathon.
In the coastal areas, there’s a range of water sports. You can rent snorkeling gear at most of the beach resorts and hotels. Diving is possible around Mombasa, which has beautiful sea reefs. The season runs from April to October. Fishing is also popular along the coast. Deep sea sport fishing can be done with guides who can be hired for a day trip.
The raise of youth sports organizations in Kenya followed the failure physical education in schools. The first youth sport program, Mathare Youth Sports Association was formed in 1987. Since then, government agencies, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and multilateral groups such as the UN, have continued to establish youth sport programs in densely populated urban areas giving the majority of Kenyan children opportunity to participate in sports.