Nandi District is not any other place as you may think, but a place that has made Kenya ranked THIRD WORLD BEST in Athletics. This region has produced World's best athletes. I have lived in Nandi district for the past 22 years and believe me, "This people run”. At early age in school, we used to have what was called "Cross-Country". This was a morning jog before classes begun, "It was like running a Marathon on a full stomach". I never understood what running had to do with my academic life but all that came to pass. All boys and girls ran the same race. If you ever finished top ten from behind, you were in for 10 strokes of cane on your gluteal or your hamstrings. I can't state whether I finished 1st or top 10 but all in all I managed to make it back to school through unnoticed paths and trails. The list below is for some famous Kenyan athletes. The names beginning with "Kip" are probably my school mates.
Order of Personal Profile:
(C) Year of Birth
- Aasif Karim
- Abraham Chebii
- Alfred Luseno
- Alfred Yego
- Alice Chelangat
- Alpesh Vadher
- Anthony Suji
- Augustine Choge
- Belal Mansoor Ali
- Ben Jipcho
- Bernard Barmasai
- Billy Konchellah
- Boniface Merande
- Brimin KiprutoKenyaMale
- Catherine Ndereba
- Charles Asati (Winner of gold medal in 4x400 m relay at the 1972 Summer Olympics.)
- Charles Gitonga
- Charles Kamathi
- Collins ObuyaKenyaNairobiMale
Daham Najim Bashir
Daniel Rudisha (born August 11, 1945) is a retired Kenyan athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.
For eight years Rudisha was Kenya's best 400m runner and he won an Olympic Silver medal in the relays in Mexico 1968 and was an African Champion. The Rudisha name is currently well know as his Son, David, won one of the Golden League meets and won the 2007 World Junior 800m Championships.
Following in his father’s footsteps
David Lekuta Rudisha (born 17 December 1988) is a Kenyan middle distance runner and world record holder in the 800 metres with a time of 1:41.01. Rudisha holds four of the ten fastest times for this event.
“At the start I felt very comfortable and then when we went through the bell, I thought to myself, ‘my body is still strong, I am not feeling troubled by this pace.’ It was going into the last lap that I started to get confident that I can win the race even though there were many other good runners in the field,” said the articulate Rudisha, reflecting on the race.
“My confidence started growing with 200 metres to go. I started getting myself into a good position and then it was very fast over the last 150 metres.”
His winning time of 1:47.40 was well short of the Championship record of 1:44.77 held by fellow Kenyan Benson Koech since 1992, reflecting the fact that the first lap was completed in steady 54.34 while the eight contestants jockeyed for position, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that the race was an enthralling spectacle over the second 400m.
“Now it is time for me to start showing I can run fast,” added Rudisha, well aware that he may now have a gold medal around his neck but many people will be wondering what his true potential is in a fast race.
Usain Bolt praises David Rudisha as he prepares to resume training - IAAF Online DiariesBefore resuming training Usain Bolt reflects on his season as well as that of other athletes including World record breaker David Rudisha...“From the start of the year I stated that with no major Championships I was going to take it easier but unfortunately injuries caused me more disruption than planned. I had to miss the Diamond League meetings in Zurich and Brussels but have been watching my friends doing well. “I also watched David Rudisha burn up the track at 800m and set a few new world records. A lot of people say we are similar in the way we run – both tall and powerful.