Kenya at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Kenya at the
2020 Summer Olympics
Flag of Kenya.svg
IOC codeKEN
NOCNational Olympic Committee of Kenya
in Tokyo, Japan
Competitors86 in 5 sports
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Kenya is expected to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games have been postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] It will be the nation's fifteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics.

Competitors

The following is the list of number of competitors in the Games.

Sport Men Women Total
Athletics 24 18 42
Boxing 2 2 4
Rugby sevens 12 12 24
Taekwondo 0 1 1
Volleyball 0 14 14
Total 38 47 85

Athletics

Kenyan athletes further achieved the entry standards, either by qualifying time or by world ranking, in the following track and field events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[2][3]

Six marathon runners (three per gender) were named to the Kenyan team on January 31, 2020, with defending champions Eliud Kipchoge and Vivian Cheruiyot racing at their fourth and fifth Olympics, respectively.[4] The rest of the track and field team was officially announced on June 19, 2021, including Rio 2016 medalists Hellen Obiri (women's 10000 m), Julius Yego (men's javelin throw), and the reigning middle-distance champion Faith Kipyegon.[5]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Track & road events
Men
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Mark Odhiambo 100 m Bye
Ferdinand Omurwa Bye
Emmanuel Korir 400 m N/A
800 m
Ferguson Rotich 800 m N/A
Michael Saruni
Charles Simotwo 1500 m N/A
Kamar Etyang
Abel Kipsang
Samuel Chebole 5000 m N/A
Daniel Ebenyo
Nicholas Kimeli
Geoffrey Kamworor 10000 m N/A
Rodgers Kwemoi
Weldon Kipkurui Langat
Moitalel Naadokila 400 m hurdles N/A
Leonard Bett 3000 m steeplechase N/A
Abraham Kibiwott
Benjamin Kigen
Lawrence Cherono Marathon N/A
Eliud Kipchoge
Amos Kipruto
Samuel Gathimba 20 km walk N/A
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Hellen Syombua 400 m
Mary Moraa 800 m
Eunice Sum
Emily Cherotich Tuei
Winnie Chebet 1500 m
Faith Kipyegon
Beatrice Chepkoech 3000 m steeplechase N/A
Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi N/A
Purity Cherotich Kirui N/A
Hellen Obiri 5000 m N/A
Lilian Kasait Rengeruk N/A
Agnes Jebet Tirop N/A
Sheila Chelangat 10000 m N/A
Irene Chepet Cheptai N/A
Hellen Obiri N/A
Ruth Chepngetich Marathon N/A
Peres Jepchirchir N/A
Brigid Kosgei N/A
Emily Wamusyi Ngii 20 km walk N/A
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Mathew Sawe Men's high jump
Julius Yego Men's javelin throw

Boxing

Kenya entered four boxers (two per gender) into the Olympic tournament. Rio 2016 Olympian Nick Okoth (men's featherweight) and rookie Christine Ongare (women's flyweight) secured places in their respective weight divisions, with the former advancing to the final match and the latter scoring a box-off victory at the 2020 African Qualification Tournament in Diamniadio, Senegal.[6] Elly Ajowi Ochola (men's heavyweight) and Elizabeth Akinyi (women's welterweight) completed the nation's boxing lineup by topping the list of eligible boxers from Africa in their respective weight divisions of the IOC's Boxing Task Force Rankings.

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Nick Okoth Men's featherweight
Elly Ajowi Ochola Men's heavyweight N/A
Christine Ongare Women's flyweight
Elizabeth Akinyi Women's welterweight

Rugby sevens

Men's tournament

Kenya national rugby sevens team qualified for the Games by securing a lone outright berth with a gold-medal victory at the 2019 Africa Men's Sevens in Johannesburg, South Africa.[7]

Team roster
  • Men's team event – 1 team of 12 players
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarter-finals
2  United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Kenya 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible quarter-finals based on ranking
4  Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 26 July 2021. Source: World Rugby
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head result; 3) Point difference; 4) Points scored.

Women's tournament

Kenya women's national rugby sevens team qualified for the Games by winning the silver medal and securing a lone outright berth at the 2019 Africa Women's Sevens in Jemmal, Tunisia, as the winners South Africa decided not to accept the berth under SASCOC's rules pertaining to continental qualification route.[8]

Team roster
  • Women's team event – 1 team of 12 players
Group play
Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarter-finals
2 ROC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Great Britain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible quarter-finals based on ranking
4  Kenya 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 29 July 2021. Source: World Rugby
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head result; 3) Point difference; 4) Points scored.

Taekwondo

Kenya entered one athlete into the taekwondo competition at the Games for the first time since Beijing 2008. Faith Ogallo secured a spot in the women's heavyweight category (+67 kg) with a top two finish at the 2020 African Qualification Tournament in Rabat, Morocco.[9]

Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Faith Ogallo Women's +67 kg

Volleyball

Beach

Kenya women's beach volleyball teams qualified directly for the Olympics after winning the gold medal at the 2018–2020 CAVB Continental Cup Final in Agadir, Morocco.

Athlete Event Preliminary round Standing Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Gaudencia Makokha
Brackcides Khadambi
Women's  
 
 
 

Indoor

Women's tournament

Kenya women's volleyball team qualified for the Olympics by winning the pool round with three match points and securing an outright berth at the African Olympic Qualification Tournament in Yaoundé, Cameroon, marking the nation's recurrence to the sport for the first time since Athens 2004.[10] Mercy Moim was chosen to captain the team in Tokyo. Fellow veteran Jane Wacu also made the cut[11] former colleagues Violet Makuto and Elizabeth Wanyama were not included in the dozen players chosen to travel where their first match is against the home team from Japan.[12]

Team roster

The roster was announced on 26 June 2021.[13]

Head coach: Paul Bitok

Group play
Pos Team Pld W L Pts SW SL SR SPW SPL SPR Qualification
1  Japan (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Quarterfinals
2  Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Brazil 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5  Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6  Kenya 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 25 July 2021. Source: FIVB
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(H) Host


25 July 2021 (2021-07-25)
19:40
v
Japan  v  Kenya Ariake Arena, Tokyo


27 July 2021 (2021-07-27)
21:45
v
South Korea  v  Kenya Ariake Arena, Tokyo


29 July 2021 (2021-07-29)
14:20
v
Serbia  v  Kenya Ariake Arena, Tokyo


31 July 2021 (2021-07-31)
09:00
v
Dominican Republic  v  Kenya Ariake Arena, Tokyo


2 August 2021 (2021-08-02)
21:45
v
Brazil  v  Kenya Ariake Arena, Tokyo

References

  1. ^ "Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee". Olympics. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  2. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXXII Olympiad – Tokyo 2020 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Kipchoge and Kosgei lead Kenya's marathon selections for Olympic Games". World Athletics. 31 January 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Meet Kenya's athletics team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games". Olympics. 19 June 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Boxing Olympic Qualification – Dakar: Day 7 As It Happened". Olympic Channel. 26 February 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Kenya qualify for Tokyo 2020 as African champions". World Rugby. 10 November 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Kenya women qualify for Tokyo 2020". World Rugby. 13 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Six countries earned Olympic taekwondo berth on the second day of the African Qualification Tournament for Tokyo 2020". World Taekwondo. 23 February 2020. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Argentina, Kenya Tokyo-bound with first of week's continental Olympic tickets". FIVB. 9 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Kenya Unveil Roster For The Tokyo Olympics". fivb.com. 26 June 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  12. ^ "Kenyan volleyball team keen to make up for lost time at Olympics - Xinhua | English.news.cn". www.xinhuanet.com. Retrieved 2021-07-10.
  13. ^ "Kenya unveil roster for the Tokyo Olympics". fivb.com. 26 June 2021. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
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