Henry RONO

Henry Rono - Kenya - Four World athletics records in 1978.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 02 August 1978

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    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Tuesday, 12 February 1952
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Nandi Hills, Kenya
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  • Kenya
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Henry RONO - Kenya - Four World athletics records in 1978.

 

The peak of Henry Rono's running career was 1978. In a span of eighty one days, he broke four world records. 10,000 m (27:22.5), the 5,000 metres (13:08.4), the 3,000 metres steeplechase (8:05.4), and the 3,000 metres (7:32.1); an achievement unparalleled in the history of distance running. He lowered the 10,000 metres record by almost 8 seconds,the 5,000 by 4.5, the steeplechase by 2.6, and the 3,000 by a full three seconds.


Rono would never get to compete at the Olympics, as his country boycotted both the 1976 and the

1980 Olympic Games and by 1984 he was no longer competing.

Men's 5,000m. Final.

Commonwealth Games 1978

 
1. Henry RONO   KEN   13.23.0
2. Mike MUSYOKI   KEN   13.29.9
3. Brendan FOSTER   ENG   13.31.4
4. Mike McLEOD   ENG   13.33.2
5. Suleiman NYAMBUI   TAN   13.34.1
6. Nat MUIR   SCO   13.34.9
7. Tony SIMMONS   WAL   13.39.8
8. Rod DIXON   NZL   13.43.7

 

 

Men's 3000m. Steeplechase Final.

Commonwealth Games 1978

 
1. Henry RONO   KEN   8.26.5
2. James MUNYALA   KEN   8.32.2
3. Kip RONO   KEN   8.34.1
4. Euan ROBERTSON   NZL   8.41.3
5. Howard HEALEY   NZL   8.43.8
6. Dennis COATES   ENG   8.47.4
7. Tom STAYNINGS   ENG   8.48.9
8. Ian GILMOUR   SCO   8.49.7

 

 

Henry Rono is pictured above in the 3,000m steeplechase.   Photo George Herringshaw. © 1980

 

His 1978 3,000m steeplechase world record (8:05.4) stood for 11 years,