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World record holder, 3000 m and 5000 m in 1965; Olympic record holder, 1500 m in Mexico City in 1968; All Africa Games: gold medal in 1500 m and 5000 m in Brazzaville (Congo, 1965) and silver medal in 1500 m in Lagos (Nigeria, 1973); Commonwealth Games: gold medal in mile and three mile (Jamaica, 1966), gold medal and bronze medal (Scotland, 1970); Olympic Games: finalist in 5000 m in Tokyo in 1964, gold medal in 1500 m and silver medal in 5000 m in Mexico City in 1968, gold medal in 3000 m and silver medal in 1500 m in Munich in 1972
Head coach of the Kenyan team at the Olympic Games in Montreal (1976) and Los Angeles (1984), at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games (1982), at the All Africa Games in Nairobi (1987), at the World Championships in Rome (1987); Chef de Mission for the Commonwealth Games (1994) and for the Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996); member (1986), first Vice-Chairman (1987) then President (1999-) of the NOC
Honorary Doctorate of Letters, Egerton University; Honorary Doctorate of Law, Bristol University, United Kingdom; Distinguished Service Medal (DSM); Order of the Burning Spear (OBS); Olympic Order (2011); The Olympic Laurel (2016)
Member of the IOC as President of a National Olympic Committee from 2000 to 2010; Honorary Member since 2011; Member of the following Commissions: Athletes’ (1982-2000), Olympic Solidarity (1983-2001), Coordination for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (2002-2008); Culture and Olympic Education (2009-)