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American Jim Ryun had not been beaten over the distance for three years but was hindered by illness and by the altitude. Instead, an uncoached Nandi tribesman from Kenya, Kip Keino, emerged as a serious contender. He had played rugby union before taking up athletics.

1500m, Athletics, KEINO, Kip, Kenya, Mexico 1968, Men,
IOC - Kip Keino - 1500m men - Athletics

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