Thursday, December 27, 2012

Team Kenya at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Originally posted: August 13, 2012

The 2012 London Olympics concluded on Sunday evening with Africa managing to net 31 Olympic medals across 8 countries. South Africa took the bragging rights of the best-placed nation in the continent and 24th in the overall medal standings with Kenya being pushed to third place behind its archrivals Ethiopia.
Though much was expected from the Kenyan team, winning 11 medals (about 35% of the total number of medals won) is impressive enough for a big round of applause.

Here is Kenya’s London 2012 Olympic Games Campaign

Friday, July 27: The star-studded opening ceremony
Swimmer Jason Dunford leads the Kenyan team into the Olympic stadium in Stratford carrying high the Kenyan flag.

Monday, July 30: Kenya starts its Olympic campaign with boxer Benson Gicharu
Boxer Benson Gicharu Njangiru loses to Egypt’s Abdelaal Hesham 16-18 in men’s flyweight (52kg).

Tuesday, July 31: David Dunford knocked out of 100m freestyle
All African Games champion David Dunford finishes third in Heat 5 of the Men’s 100m Freestyle at the ExCel Aquatic Centre.

Wednesday, August 1: Obiero bows out of the London games but sets record
After receiving a wild card slot from the IWF, Mercy Obiero Apondi finishes last in group B managing a total of 181kg in the women 69kg category, but sets a new East African record in her Olympic debut.

Thursday, August 2: The Dunfords bid the Olympics goodbye
Jason Dunford qualifies for the 100m butterfly semifinals after finishing fourth in heat 5 at the ExCel Aquatic Centre.
Jason Dunford fails to qualify for the 100m butterfly finals.
David Dunford also fails to qualify for the Semi’s after finishing third in the 50m freestyle.

Friday, August 3: Sally Kipyego and Vivian Cheruiyot bag the first silver and bronze
Unstoppable Tirunesh Dibaba denies Sally Kipyego and Vivian Cheruiyot a 1-2 but they grace Kenya with the first silver and bronze medals.
Brimin Kipruto, Ezekiel Kemboi and Abel Mutai qualify for the men 3000m steeplechase finals.  
Joy Sakari Nakhumicha qualifies for the 400m semi finals with a personal best of 51.85.
Boniface Mucheru and Vincent Koskei finish sixth and seventh in the men’s 400m hurdles.

Saturday, August 4: Farah, Rupp, and Bekele shock Kenyans in the 10,000m  
Bedan Karoki and compatriot Moses Masai finish 5th and 12th while Wilson Kiprop pulls out.  
Milcah Chemos and Mercy Njoroge advance for the 3000m steeplechase finals.

Sunday, August 5: Ezekiel Kemboi Wins Kenya’s first Gold
Ezekiel Kemboi bags the first gold in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase while Abel Kiprop Mutai takes bronze. Brimin Kipruto finishes fifth.
Priscah Jeptoo wins silver while favourite Mary Keitany finishes fourth in the women marathon.
Asbel Kiprop, Silas Kplagat and Nixon Chepseba qualify for the men’s 1500m.
Boxer Elizabeth Andiego loses to Kazakhstan’s Volnova Marina 11-20 in the women's boxing middleweight last 16 bout.

Monday, August 6: Rudisha, Kitum and Chemut qualify amid revived hope
David Rudisha and Timothy Kitum and Anthony Chemut qualify for the 800m semifinals.
Milcah Chemos and Mercy Njoroge finish fourth and tenth respectively, in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

Tuesday, August 7: Kiprop, Kiplagat and Chepseba fail to shine in the men 1500m
Silas Kiplagat, Nixon Chepseba and Asbel Kiprop finish 7th, 11th, and 12th respectively in the 1,500 men’s race.
Hellen Obiri finishes fourth to qualify women 1500m while compatriot Eunice Sum and Faith Chepngetich fail.

Wednesday, August 8: Julius Yego makes history and sets national record
You-Trained Julius Yego makes history as the first Kenyan Javelin thrower to make the Olympics final and sets new national record of 81.81m.
David Rudisha and Timothy Kitum qualify for the 800m finals.
Hellen Onsando Obiri finishes fifth in Heat 2 of the women’s 1500m semifinal to qualify for the final.
Pamelo Jelimo, Janet Jepkosgei and Cherono Koech qualify for the 800m Semis.  
Isaiah Kiplangat and Thomas Longosiwa progress to the 5000m finals while Edwin Soi misses out.
The relay team of Boniface Mweresa, Vincent Mumo Kiilu, Boniface Mucheru and Alphas Kishoiyan fails to qualify for the 4×400m relay final after being disqualified.

Thursday, August 09: David Rudisha bags the second gold and sets new world record  
World Champion and 800 record holder David Lekuta Rudisha bags Kenya’s second gold medal in a new world record time of 1:40.91.Compatriot Timothy Kitum takes bronze in a personal best of 1:42.53.
Pamelo Jelimo and Janet Jepkosgei make to the 800m finals.

Friday, August 10: Vivian Cheruiyot bags the third silver behind Meseret  
World Champion Vivian Cheruiyot wins Kenya the third silver beating defending champion and newly crowned 10,000m gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba. Sally Kipyego and Viola Kibiwott finish 4th and 6th respectively.

Saturday, August 11: Longosiwa takes bronze behind a stunning Mo Farah
Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa bags Kenya’s third bronze in the 5,000m while Isaiah Kiplangat was fifth.  
Pamela Jelimo and Janet Jepkosgei Busienei finish fourth and eighth respectively, in the women’s 800m. 

Sunday, August 12: Kenya bags the last silver and bronze behind Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich
Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang take silver and bronze, respectively in the last day of the 2012 London Olympics.

Few tactical corrections are needed ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.
Thank you Team Kenya 

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