Kenya at the World Athletics Championships

Kenya has competed at every edition of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics since its inception in 1983. It has won the second highest number of gold medals at the championships (after the United States) and also has the second highest medals total (after the U.S.).

Kenya at the
World Championships in Athletics
Flag of Kenya.svg
IAAF codeKEN
National federationAthletics Kenya
Websitewww.athleticskenya.or.ke
Medals
Ranked 2nd
Gold
60
Silver
50
Bronze
41
Total
151
World Championships in Athletics appearances (overview)

The vast majority of its medals have come in middle- and long-distance running events, mostly on the men's side. It ranks fourth on all-time placing tables at the competition, reflecting its narrow event focus. The nation typically sends medium-sized delegations of 40–50 athletes. Kenya ranked number one on gold medals at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics and has finished in the top five nations on the medal table at all but five editions.

The country's most successful athlete at the competition is Ezekiel Kemboi, who has won four gold medals and three silver medals in the men's 3000 metres steeplechase. Kenya's most successful woman, Vivian Cheruiyot, has also won four gold medals and also a silver in the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres events. Men's steeplechaser Moses Kiptanui won three straight titles from 1991 to 1995 and Asbel Kiprop achieved the same feat in the 1500 metres from 2011 to 2015. Julius Yego is the country's only field event medallist, having won the men's javelin throw in 2015. Kenya's dominance in the steeplechase event is such that a Kenyan-born man has won every title since 1991.

Former Kenyans have also had impacts for other nations at the championships, including 2007's double champion Bernard Lagat (United States), two-time steeplechase champion Saif Saaeed Shaheen (Qatar) and marathon winner Rose Chelimo (Bahrain).

Medal tableEdit

Championships Men Women Total
Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank Athletes
1983 Helsinki 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
1987 Rome 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 5
1991 Tokyo 4 3 0 0 0 1 4 3 1 8 4
1993 Stuttgart 3 3 3 0 0 1 3 3 4 10 4
1995 Gothenburg 2 1 2 0 0 1 2 1 3 6 6
1997 Athens 2 2 2 1 0 0 3 2 2 7 4
1999 Seville 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 4 1 6 13
2001 Edmonton 3 3 2 0 0 0 3 3 2 8 3
2003 Paris 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 4 7
2005 Helsinki 1 1 3 0 1 1 1 2 4 7 9
2007 Osaka 3 2 3 2 1 2 5 3 5 13 2
2009 Berlin 2 3 1 2 3 0 4 6 1 11 3 43
2011 Daegu 4 3 0 3 5 3 7 8 3 17 2 47
2013 Moscow 2 1 2 3 3 1 5 4 3 12 4 49
2015 Beijing 5 4 2 2 2 1 7 6 3 16 1 52
2017 London 3 1 2 2 1 2 5 2 4 11 2 50
2019 Doha 2 0 3 3 2 1 5 2 4 11 2 42
Total 41 32 25 19 18 16 60 50 41 151 2

MedalistsEdit

Athlete Gold Silver Bronze Total Years
Ezekiel Kemboi 4 3 0 7 2003–2015
Vivian Cheruiyot 4 1 0 5 2007–2015
Moses Kiptanui 3 1 0 4 1991–1997
Asbel Kiprop 3 0 0 3 2011–2015
Conseslus Kipruto 2 2 0 4 2013–2019
Catherine Ndereba 2 1 0 3 2003–2007
Edna Kiplagat 2 1 0 3 2011–2017
Billy Konchellah 2 0 1 3 1987–1993
Hellen Onsando Obiri 2 0 1 3 2013–2019
Ismael Kirui 2 0 0 2 1993–1995
Abel Kirui 2 0 0 2 2009–2011
David Rudisha 2 0 0 2 2011–2015
Janeth Jepkosgei 1 2 0 3 2007–2011
Milcah Cheywa 1 2 0 3 2009–2013
Faith Kipyegon 1 2 0 3 2015–2019
Brimin Kiprop Kipruto 1 1 2 4 2005–2015
Moses Tanui 1 1 0 2 1991–1993
Christopher Koskei 1 1 0 2 1995–1999
Wilson Boit Kipketer 1 1 0 2 1997–1999
Benjamin Limo 1 1 0 2 1999–2005
Eliud Kipchoge 1 1 0 2 2003–2007
Alfred Kirwa Yego 1 1 0 2 2007–2009
Elijah Manangoi 1 1 0 2 2015–2017
Timothy Cheruiyot 1 1 0 2 2015–2019
Sally Barsosio 1 0 1 2 1993–1997
Linet Masai 1 0 1 2 2009–2011
Eunice Jepkoech Sum 1 0 1 2 2013–2015
Hyvin Jepkemoi 1 0 1 2 2015–2017
Paul Kipkoech 1 0 0 1 1987
Douglas Wakiihuri 1 0 0 1 1987
Yobes Ondieki 1 0 0 1 1991
Paul Ruto 1 0 0 1 1993
Daniel Komen 1 0 0 1 1997
Richard Limo 1 0 0 1 2001
Charles Kamathi 1 0 0 1 2001
Reuben Kosgei 1 0 0 1 2001
Luke Kibet 1 0 0 1 2007
Nicholas Bett 1 0 0 1 2015
Julius Yego 1 0 0 1 2015
Geoffrey Kirui 1 0 0 1 2017
Beatrice Chepkoech 1 0 0 1 2019
Ruth Chepngetich 1 0 0 1 2019
Paul Tergat 0 2 1 3 1995–1999
Patrick Sang 0 2 0 2 1991–1993
Sylvia Kibet 0 2 0 2 2009–2011
Richard Chelimo 0 1 1 2 1991-1993
Richard Mateelong 0 1 1 2 2007-2009
Wilfred Kirochi 0 1 0 1 1991
Kennedy Ochieng
Simon Kemboi
Abednego Matilu
Samson Kitur
0 1 0 1 1993
Noah Ngeny 0 1 0 1 1999
Wilfred Bungei 0 1 0 1 2001
Bernard Lagat 0 1 0 1 2001
Simon Biwott 0 1 0 1 2001
Emmanuel Kipchirchir Mutai 0 1 0 1 2009
Silas Kiplagat 0 1 0 1 2011
Vincent Kipruto 0 1 0 1 2011
Priscah Jeptoo 0 1 0 1 2011
Sally Kipyego 0 1 0 1 2011
Lydiah Chepkurui 0 1 0 1 2013
Gladys Cherono Kiprono 0 1 0 1 2013
Mercy Cherono 0 1 0 1 2013
Caleb Ndiku 0 1 0 1 2015
Geoffrey Kamworor 0 1 0 1 2015
Helah Kiprop 0 1 0 1 2015
Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi 0 1 0 1 2019
Paul Tanui 0 0 3 3 2013-2017
Tegla Loroupe 0 0 2 2 1995-1999
Bernard Barmasai 0 0 2 2 1997-2001
Agnes Jebet Tirop 0 0 2 2 2017–2019
Susan Sirma 0 0 1 1 1991
Samson Kitur 0 0 1 1 1993
Shem Kororia 0 0 1 1 1995
Tom Nyariki 0 0 1 1 1997
John Kibowen 0 0 1 1 2001
Edith Masai 0 0 1 1 2003
William Yiampoy 0 0 1 1 2005
Moses Mosop 0 0 1 1 2005
Jeruto Kiptum 0 0 1 1 2005
Shedrack Kibet Korir 0 0 1 1 2007
Martin Mathathi 0 0 1 1 2007
Priscah Jepleting Cherono 0 0 1 1 2007
Eunice Jepkorir 0 0 1 1 2007
Moses Ndiema Masai 0 0 1 1 2009
Sharon Cherop 0 0 1 1 2011
Mercy Wanjiku 0 0 1 1 2011
Isiah Koech 0 0 1 1 2013
Kipyegon Bett 0 0 1 1 2017
Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich 0 0 1 1 2019
Rhonex Kipruto 0 0 1 1 2019
Amos Kipruto 0 0 1 1 2019

DopingEdit

Compared to other successful nations, such as the United States and Russia, Kenya's athletes have been largely unaffected by doping failures at the competition. The nation's first failures at the championships occurred in 2015, neither of whom were finalists.

Year Athlete Event Notes
2015 Francisca Koki Women's 400 m hurdles Heats only
2015 Joyce Zakari Women's 400 m Semi-finalist

ReferencesEdit