When it comes to athletics, Kenyans reign supreme and the Rio Olympics are just another arena for them to take our breathe away. The prediction is that Kenya will have a great gold swoop. But the super powers will not take this lying down. Everyone comes to the Olympics to win.
Kenya is predicted to win at least seven gold medals in the Rio Olympics that started on Friday.
Most of them will come from track and field events which begin next Friday with the women’s 10,000 metres final.
The gold medal estimate predicted by athletics experts, including legendary Kipchoge Keino, is based on Team Kenya’s performance at the World Athletic championships in Beijing last year in which the country was top of the athletics table with 16 medals, seven of them gold.
In a survey released on Monday, Goldman Sachs predicted that the world’s top two economies, the US and China, will win the most gold at the games and that Britain will pip Russia to the third spot.
The firm said the US will top the table with 45 golds, followed by China in second place with 36. Britain will get 23 golds and Russia 14, the survey said.
Goldman Sachs said beyond athletic performance, economic success enhances chances of Olympic glory “because a country is likely to produce world-class athletes in a world-class environment.”
If there is anyone who is almost supreme as the Kenyan athletics, it has to be the Ethiopians. Everybody around the world enjoys the rivalry between these two nations. It is this rivalry that makes it all worth the while. So the big question is, will Kenya finally overturn Ethiopia’s lucky charm.
RIO DE JANEIRO — On Sunday morning, 160 women will toe the starting line in the famous Sambódromo for the largest Olympic marathon in history.
Leading the way will be the East African nations of Ethiopia and Kenya that have dominated all of the World Marathon Majors in the four years since London. Of the 23 major marathons run since London 2012 (not counting the two world championships in 2013 and ’15) Kenyan women have come out victorious on 14 occasions; Ethiopia has the other nine wins. But despite their success, Kenyan marathon runners have never won Olympic gold.
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As much as Kenya plans to shine, there are some shady circumstances surrounding the team in Rio. With officials being accused of using identification belonging to the athletes.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A second Kenyan track and field official was expelled from the Olympics on Thursday after he pretended to be one of the team’s 800-meter runners at a doping test and gave a sample in the athlete’s name.
The incident may have been the unintended result of the runner, Ferguson Rotich, giving the official his accreditation card so he could have a free breakfast in the athletes village.
Still, the International Olympic Committee opened an investigation after John Anzrah was found with Rotich’s Olympic accreditation, and provided the doping sample and signed doping forms in the name of Rotich, Kenyan team leader Stephen Arap Soi said.