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  • Wansiru of Kenya Smashes Olympic Record | Video

    Wansiru of Kenya Smashes Olympic Record

    Samuel Kamau Wansiru becomes the first Kenyan to win the marathon and sets an Olympic record with a time of 2:06:32. Africans continue their dominance in the marathon with Eritrea, Kenya, Morocco and Ethiopia represented at the the front of the pack. Wansiru pulls ahead in the final few kilometres to claim the ultimate long distance prize. Athletics Marathon Men - Olympic Record (2:06:32) - Beijing 2008 - Samuel Kamau Wanjiru (KEN), Jaouad Gharib (MAR), Tsegay Kebede (ETH)
  • Wilfred Bungei Tops Podium For Kenya | Video

    Wilfred Bungei Tops Podium For Kenya

    Wilfred Bungei of Kenya leads the pack to the finish in the 800m final. No strong pace setter emerges over the first lap, so the group stays together until the final turn. Bunei uses his unorthodox style to advantage and staves off the late surge of Sudanese runner Ismail. Kenya shares the medals podium with Sudan. Athletics 800m Men Final - Beijing 2008 - Wilfred Bungei (KEN), Ismail Ahmed Ismail (SUD), Alfred Kirwa Yego (KEN)
  • Kenyan Bungei Victorious in 800m | Video

    Kenyan Bungei Victorious in 800m

    Wilfred Bungei of Kenya leads the pack to the finish in the 800m final. No strong pace setter emerges over the first lap, so the group stays together until the final turn. Bunei uses his unorthodox style to advantage and staves off the late surge of Sudanese runner Ismail. Athletics 800m Men Final - Beijing 2008 - Wilfred Bungei (KEN), Ismail Ahmed Ismail (SUD), Alfred Kirwa Yego (KEN)
  • Kenya's parade during Beijing 2008 opening ceremony | Video

    Kenya's parade during Beijing 2008 opening ceremony

    Runner Grace Momanyi leads Kenya's Olympic athletes in the Parade of Nations during the Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremonies. Marching with pride the Kenya athletes carry the Olympic hope of their nation. Kenya - Parade of Nations - Opening Ceremony - Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Kenyan Jelimo Sets World Junior Record | Video

    Kenyan Jelimo Sets World Junior Record

    Pamela Jelimo of Kenya races to a world junior record in the women's 800m final. The eighteen year old African champion is no match for the rest of the field as she wins handily. Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei takes the silver and Hasna Benhassi of Morocco finishes strongly to collect bronze. Athletics 800m Women Final - World Junior Record (1:53.82) - Beijing 2008 - Pamela Jelimo (KEN), Janeth Jepkosgei (KEN), Hasna Benhassi (MAR)
  • Kipruto Continues Kenyan Dominance | Video

    Kipruto Continues Kenyan Dominance

    Brimin Kiprop Kipruto leads Kenya to its seventh straight Olympic title in the men's 3000m steeplechase. The Kenyans set the pace early. Kipruto emerges over the final turn and has a brilliant sprint down the stretch to see the tightly packed group of medalists to the finish line. Athletics 3000m Steeplechase Men Final - Beijing 2008 - Brimin Kiprop Kipruto (KEN), Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (FRA), Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong (KEN)
  • Kenyan Keino is the King of the 1500m | Video

    Kenyan Keino is the King of the 1500m

    Kipchoge Keino of Kenya runs to an Olympic record of 3:34.91s in the rarefied Mexico City air. The favourite coming into the race is Jim Ryun, but the thin air and strong pace set by Keino's fellow Kenyan Ben Jipcho puts Keino into a formidable lead. Ryun takes the silver in 3:37.89, 25 metres back. Athletics 1500m Men Final - Olympic Record (3:34.91) - Mexico 1968 - Kipchoge Keino (KEN), Jim Ryun (USA), Bodo Tummler (FRG)
  • Kiprotich pulls off stunning Marathon win | Video

    Kiprotich pulls off stunning Marathon win

    London 2012 - Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich stunned the Kenyan challenge to clinch Olympic gold in the men's Marathon on The Mall. The 23-year-old burst past Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang around the 38km mark to claim Uganda's second-ever Olympic gold in Athletics.
  • Flying Finn Ritola signs off with fifth gold | Video

    Flying Finn Ritola signs off with fifth gold

    Ville, or Willie, Ritola unfortunately played second fiddle during one of the greatest dynasties Olympic track and field has ever witnessed. Much like the Kenyans and Ethiopians dominate distance running now, in the 1920s success in the longer events was the sole preserve of the Finns. At the forefront of that success was the inimitable Paavo Nurmi -– whose record of nine golds stood until American swimmer Michael Phelps finally broke it – and Ritola had to long live in the shadow of his legendary countryman.   Ritola had a commanding Olympic record; four years earlier at the Games in Paris he won four golds and two silvers and his tally would have been better but for the ever-present Nurmi. He finished runner-up to his fellow Finn in the 5,000m and the cross country but shattered his own world record in winning the 10,000m by a huge distance.   Four years later and again the medals were expected to be shared between the two team mates. Nurmi won his ninth and last gold medal in a scintillating 10,000m with Ritola clinging on until a burst down the home straight sent Nurmi past the tape about two metres clear. Then in the 5,000m, Ritola was eager for revenge and it proved to be a highly tactical race in front of a packed, expectant crowd at the Olympic Stadium.   Nurmi upped the pace at halfway and most of the field were lagging badly. Ritola and Swede Edvin Wide kept up with the Finn and as the event entered the final 400m it was a three-horse race.But with Ritola at the front, his head ducking inside to catch a glimpse of Nurmi on his shoulder, the decisive break came with 150 metres to go. Ritola burst clear and Nurmi immediately glanced back to ensure his silver was safe knowing his countryman’s burst of speed had put the gold beyond him.    
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