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[PHOTOS] Kenyan Olympic team jets back home from Tokyo

Some of the athletes who arrived included Olympic champion Kipchoge and Cheruiyot.

In Summary

• The government welcomed the team back home, lauding them for their good performance at the various competitions.

• Four golds, four silvers and two bronze hoisted Kenya to 19th on the medal standings and the top-performing African country at the games.

Kenyan medalists jet back into the country.

The Kenyan 2020 Olympic team arrived in the country on Wednesday morning from Tokyo.

The government welcomed the team back home, lauding them for their good performance at the various competitions.

"Kenya through its sportswomen and men made history during the Tokyo Olympics 2020. We claimed our spot in the world and it is such moments that make us as a people proud to be Kenyan," Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said.

"To all our sportswomen and men who flew our flag high, we are so proud of you and your achievements. Whether you won or not, it is the courage you had in yourself to represent Kenya to the world that makes you special for being great brand ambassadors of our country Kenya."

Eliud Kipchoge, Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist in the 42Km Marathon race address the media when he arrived from Japan on August 11, 2021. Photo/Fredrick Omondi
Eliud Kipchoge, Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist in the 42Km Marathon race address the media when he arrived from Japan on August 11, 2021. Photo/Fredrick Omondi

Four golds, four silvers and two bronze hoisted Kenya to 19th on the medal standings and the top-performing African country at the games.

Eliud Kipchoge, Peres Jepchirchir, Faith Kipyegon and Emmanuel Korir gave the country something to smile about by clinching the gold medals in their respective races.

Emmanuel Korir pulled off a massive sprint in the last lap of the men's 800m to clinch Kenya's first gold at the Olympics.

Similarly, world bronze medalist Ferguson Rotich seemed to be missing out on a podium finish until less than 100m to the finish line when he sprinted to grab silver. 

This moment of glory came just after Hyvin Kiyeng could only contend with a bronze medal after coming third in the women's 3000m steeplechase.

Timothy Cheruiyot Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist in the 1500m flanked with his colleagues in the Prison Service address the media when he arrived from Japan on August 11, 2021. Photo/Fredrick Omondi
Timothy Cheruiyot Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist in the 1500m flanked with his colleagues in the Prison Service address the media when he arrived from Japan on August 11, 2021. Photo/Fredrick Omondi

Benjamin Kigen won bronze after coming third in the 3,000m steeplechase.

Timothy Cheruiyot's silver in the men's 1,500m was the perfect shocker to many.

As the curtains come down on Tokyo, the 33rd edition of the Olympics world Champion Eliud Kipchoge won Kenya a gold medal clocking 2:08.38 in the men's marathon. 

Timothy Cheruiyot, Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist in the 1500m address the media when he arrived from Japan on August 11, 2021. Photo/Fredrick Omondi
Timothy Cheruiyot, Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist in the 1500m address the media when he arrived from Japan on August 11, 2021. Photo/Fredrick Omondi

The victory hoisted Kipchoge to the front pages of history books as one of the very few to have defended their Olympic marathon titles back-to-back.