Kenya’s sporting industry had a memorable year in 2023, with a mix of heartbreaks and remarkable performances. One of the standout moments was when Faith Kipyegon, a 29-year-old athlete, broke three world records within two months. She started by smashing the 1500m world record, becoming the first woman to run under 3:50.00. She then went on to break the 5000m world record and the one-mile world record. Kipyegon’s achievements have solidified her status as the greatest female middle-distance runner of all time.
On the rugby front, it was a disappointing year for the men’s 7s team, Shujaa, as they suffered relegation from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Their narrow loss to Canada sealed their fate, and they were relegated from the prestigious series.
In the world of football, the under 18 side, Junior Stars, provided hope for Kenyan football fans. Their impressive performance at the CECAFA Championships brought the nation together, although they narrowly lost in the final against neighbors Uganda.
Another memorable moment in Kenyan sports was Kelvin Kiptum’s unbelievable performance at the 2023 Chicago Marathon. Kiptum ended Eliud Kipchoge’s marathon dominance by setting a new world record. Additionally, Kiptum had earlier won the 2023 London Marathon.
Overall, 2023 will be remembered as a year full of memorable sporting moments in Kenya. From Faith Kipyegon’s record-breaking performances to the ups and downs of the rugby and football teams, it was a year that showcased the talent and resilience of Kenyan athletes.