Kenyan athlete Kip Keino emerged as an international middle- and long-distance star in the 1960s


At the Olympic Games Mexico City 1968, he won gold in the 1,500m and silver in the 5,000


Four years later in Munich, he won his second Olympic gold in the 3,000m steeplechase and silver in 1,500m


After retiring from competition, he was head coach of the Kenyan team at the Olympic Games in Montreal (1976) and Los Angeles (1984) and has since helped develop the next generation of athletes in his native Kenya


After retiring from competition, He has also dedicated significant efforts to humanitarian work in his homeland, including building a children’s home that is today home to almost 100 Kenyan ophans


He also established the Kip Keino Primary School in 1999


And opened the Kip Keino Secondary School in 2009


He was made President of the Kenyan National Olympic Committee in 1999


He became a Member of the IOC in 2000 and has been an Honorary Member since 2011


During the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Keino was awarded the first Olympic Laurel for outstanding service to the Olympic Movement


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