Kenya Olympics Stories

In the run-up to the 2012 London Games, Billie Odidi travelled around Kenya collecting stories about the country’s participation in the Olympic Games. He interviewed prominent athletes and coaches including Kipchoge Keino, gold medalist at the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games and then Chairman of the Kenya National Olympic Committee; Moses Tanui, 10,000 meters World champion in 1991 and two-time winner of the Boston Marathon; Moses Kiptanui 3,000 meters steeplechase world champion 1991 – 1995 and Julius Kariuki, 3,000 meters steeplechase Olympic champion in 1988. The interviews document the experiences of current and former Olympians ─ the joy of winning, the pain and anguish of failing to make the medal bracket and the weight of expectation that come when the whole nation is banking on them to win a medal.

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