ultrafacts:Kipchoge Keino, aka Hezekiah Kipchoge Keino, is a…


Kipchoge Keino, aka Hezekiah Kipchoge Keino, is a retired athlete who ran for the country of Kenya. Throughout his career, Kip earned almost a dozen medals, half of which were gold.

He had been diagnosed with gallstones and doctors warned another race might kill him. Crippled with pain, Keino initially agreed not to take part in the 1500m, but on race day had a change of heart.

On the bus ride to the Olympic stadium, the bus became stuck in traffic and this is where the story gets interesting. Realizing the bus was going to be late, Kip got off and ran the remaining 2 miles to the Olympic stadium while carrying his equipment.

He then registered with 20 minutes to spare, got himself ready, and walked out onto the track and won a gold medal.

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