Olympic Games 2012 in London & Kenya participation

Around 50 athletes from Kenya are participating in the Olympic Games which will be held in London from 27th of July to 12th of August 2012. The team is confident for winning gold medals as it did 4 years ago in China Olympics where Kenya won 6 gold medals.

Gordon Oluoch, Nairobi’s Commissioner of Sports, talking to the Voice of America, said, the team expects to best its medal tally of four years ago.

“We are fairly confident, but not overconfident, and I think we will do fairly well,” he says. “This may be probably our best Olympic outing ever, potentially, judging by the number of gold medals we expect to get.”

Ever since Kenya participated in Olympic Games for the first time in 1956, it has continued to do so and has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then.

In total, Kenya has managed to bag a total of 78 Olympic Games medals, 24 of those being gold medals.(Source: http://dwachira.hubpages.com/hub/Kenya-unveil-a-gold-craving-team-to-the-London-Olympic-Games-2012)

 

Best sports

Kenya have a rich tradition in long and middle distance running and in Beijing 2008 won 14 medals – their best Olympic performance

Star performers

World record holder David Rudisha will be a certain medallist in the 800m with a dominance of nearly two seconds over every other runner in the world for the distance. Also leading Kenya’s charge will be Mary Keitany, who won the 2011 London marathon and 3000m steeplechase runner Brimin Kipruto, who will be going for his third consecutive Olympic medal. In the pool, David Dunford (freestyle) and Jason Dunford (butterfly) both have medal chances. Jason finished 4th in the 100m Butterfly at the 2011 World Championships.\

(Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/countries/8662702/Kenya-London-2012-Olympics.html)