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Kenya's Kip Keino to be inducted in IAAF Hall of Fame

03 July 2012, 12:15

 Nairob - Kenya’s Kip Keino, two-time Olympic champion and multiple World record breaker, is the latest athletics legend to be named as one of the 24 inaugural members of the IAAF Hall of Fame.

The legends programme has been created to mark the IAAF centenary, according to IAAF.

Keino is also the chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK).

"It gives me the greatest pleasure on the closing of the African Championships to announce the inclusion of Kip Keino to the IAAF Hall of Fame,” said IAAF President Lamine Diack.

"He is an inspirational figure who achieved worldwide fame thanks to his phenomenal deeds on the track, and since his retirement has selflessly given back to his country, building schools, an orphanage and an elite training facility for athletes."

The announcement of the honour follows the conclusion of the 18th African Championships in Porto Novo, Benin, where the Kenyan team won nine titles and a total of 27 medals to place second on the medal table.

At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Keino ran in the 10,000m and 5000m, getting a silver medal in the latter, before he went to the start line of the 1500m.

However, he showed no tiredness from his earlier races and took the lead in the second lap.

With an audacious piece of front running, he destroyed the opposition to win by almost three seconds in an Olympic record of 3:34.91, a mark that is yet to be shattered at the games.

At the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, he decided to take on a new challenge and entered the 3000m Steeplechase.

Despite his lack of experience over the barriers, Keino duly won his second Olympic gold medal after a sprint for the line with compatriot Ben Jipcho and he added a 1,500m silver medal six days later.

To mark the IAAF Centenary, 24 athletes will become inaugural members of the IAAF Hall of Fame in 2012, with the official induction ceremony taking place at the IAAF Centenary Gala in Barcelona, Spain, on 24 November.


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