The Tokyo Olympics came to a close on Sunday.
The Games, initially scheduled for 2020, and later pushed to 2021 will be one for the history books.
Covid 19 greatly impacted the Tokyo Olympics, delaying it and causing restrictions on participating Athletes.
Competitors for the first time ever in Olympics history competed without spectators.
Team Kenya at Tokyo Olympics
For Team Kenya, Tokyo Olympics is one for the history books too.
From triumphant and inspiring moments to underwhelming performances.
Benjamin Kigen and Hellen Obiri won bronze and silver medals
Team Kenya had an uphill battle at Tokyo Olympics, up until the tenth day when Benjamin Kigen, and Hellen Obiri won Bronze and Silver medals respectively, ending Team Kenya’s medal drought.
Emmanuel Korir won Gold medal
On the 12th day, Emmanuel Korir became the first Kenyan athlete to win a Gold Medal in Tokyo Olympics.
Ferguson Rotich came behind Korir to secure a Silver medal.
In another race of the day, Hyvin Jepkemoi, won a Bronze medal in Women’s 3000m Steeplechase.
Faith Kipyegon won Gold medal
On day 15, things looked up for Team Kenya.
Faith Kipyegon successfully defended her title, clocking a time of 3:53.11 to break the Olympic record.
Kipyegon became the second Athlete after David Rudisha to secure the same medal back to back.
Peres Jepchirchir won gold medal
Team Kenya continued on a winning streak on the 16th day.
Peres Jepchirchir won Gold Medal in the women’s marathon.
Her team-mate Bridget Kosgey came in second to win the race’s Silver medal.
Timothy Cheruiyot won Silver Medal in Men’s 1,500m later that day.
Eliud Kipchoge wins gold on the final day of Tokyo Olympics
And on the Final day, Eliud Kipchoge, the no human is limited ambassador drew the curtains of the event with a glorious gold medal win.
Eliud Kipchoge is the third man in history to win Olympic gold medal back to back.
Kipchoge posted, “The Olympic dream is a special dream. For every Athlete here it has taken a lifetime of preparation to get to this point. Today I lived my Olympic dream. I always say that sport is like life, where you win and lose. But today was a day where I won and get to say I successfully defended my Olympic tittle. I want to share thanks to the people of Japan and Olympic organization for an incredible job in making this Olympics happen. Thank you to the fans around the world for all your love not just this year but through out my entire career, you make me speechless and humbled. Thank you to my teammates, coaches, partners, management, friends and family. This Gold is for us all.”
Team Kenya ranked 19th out of the 86 countries on the Medals tally.
Kenya is the first African Country on the Medals table.