Great Olympians

Biographies - KE

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Warren Paoa Kealoha

B. 1903-03-03, Honolulu, Haw., USA; D. 1972-09-08
Swimming (2 gold)
1920 1924 HP
100 m Backstroke gold gold 19200

One of several famous swimmers from Hawaii. Kealoha broke the world backstroke record six times, bringing it down from 1.15.6 to 1.11.4, a remarkable improvement.

Foxhall Keene

Olympic Competitor nr 494

Frederick Keeping

Olympic Competitor nr 238


Olympic Competitor nr 1163

Hezakieh Kipchoge "Kip" Keino

B. 1940-01-17, Kipsano, Kenya
Track and Field (2 gold, 2 silver)
1964 1968 1972 HP
1500 m 10th gold silver 10500
5000 m fifth silver - 5000
10000 m - dnf - -
3000 m Steeple-Chase - - gold 9600

Black Africa's first Olympic track champion showed remarkable as a runner for ten years from 1962. At Tokyo, he ran both the 1500 and 5000 metres. The following season he made his breakthrough with world records at 3000 and 5000 metres. By 1968, it was obvious that his ability, and the fact that he was used to the altitude of Mexico City, would bring him medals. He amazed everybody by running the 10000 metres, the 5000 (in which he finished second) and the 1500 (which he won). At München, he had lost a little of his speed, and he finished second in the 1500 m. He still had the canniness and he won the steeplechase, an event he had never taken seriously before, by deliberately slowing the early pace in order not to be dropped by better hurdlers.
On the day he won the 1500 meters in Mexico, his wife was back home in Kenya, giving birth to his third daughter, Milka Olympia Chelagat.

Raul Kelecom

Olympic Competitor nr 1620

Anastasia Kelesidou

B. 1972-11-28, Greece
Athletics (2 silver)
2000 2004 HP
Discus Throw silver silver 12000

Keleti Ágnes

B. 1931-06-09, Budapest, Hungary
Gymnastics (5 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)
1952 1956 HP
Individual Combined sixth silver 4640
Team silver silver 2000
Team with Hand Apparatus bronze gold 2240
Floor Exercises gold gold 3200
Asymetrical Parallel Bars bronze gold 2240
Beam fourth gold 2000
Vaults - 23rd 0.064

She would have been able to compete in 1940, but war prevented this, and 1944. Then she qualified for London 1948 but injured herself just before the Games. Still she competed in two Olympics.
Only a weakness on the vault prevented her from winning more honours. In particular, a lapse on the vault made her lose the Overall title at Melbourne to Larissa Latynina.
She was one of several Hungarians who chose not to return to Hungary after the 1956 Games and during the 1960's was the coach of the Israeli team.

Rebecca "Becky" Kellar

Ice Hockey (3 gold, 1 silver)
1998 2002 2006 2010 HP
team silver gold gold gold 23200

Member of the Canadian Ice Hockey team that won gold in Salt Lake City, Torino and Vancouver, with silver in Nagano.


Emil Kellenberger

Olympic Competitor nr 1246

Erhard Keller

Speed Skating (2 gold)
1968 1972 HP
500 m gold gold 12800

Kellner Gyula

Olympic Competitor nr 191

John Brenden Kelly, Sr.

B. 1889-10-04, USA; D. 1960-06-26
Rowing (3 golds)
1920 1924 HP
Double Sculls gold gold 16000
Single Sculls gold 9600

The father of Grace, later Princess of Monaco, and John Kelly, Jun., bronze winner in the skiff in 1956.
The only man to have won two rowing titles on the same day, 1920-08-29 at Antwerp, the single and double sculls (together with Paul Costello).
Also in 1920, Kelly was the centre of controversy at Henley regatta, when he was refused to participate. Officially he was excluded because he was a member of the Vesper boat club of Philadelphia, who had previously (in 1905) infringed on amateur status. But it was also said that he was not considered an amateur because in the opinion of the Henley organizers, no manual labourer (he was a bricklayer) could be considered an amateur. His son did win at Henley in 1947 and 1949.

Shane Kelly

B. 1972-01-07, Ararat, Australia
Cycling - track (1 silver, 2 bronze)
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 HP
Time Trial silver 20th bronze fourth 13465.65
Keirin bronze fourth 4160
Olympic Sprint fourth (fourth) 1630.5

Ezekiel Kemboi

B. 1982-05-25, Kenya
Athletics (1 gold)
2004 2008 HP
3000 m  Steeple gold 7th 10200

Peter Kemp

Olympic Competitor nr 1280

Barbara Kendall

B. 1967-08-30, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand
Sailing (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 HP
Windsurfing gold silver bronze fifth sixth 27375

She did even better than her brother Bruce.

Bruce Kendall

New Zealand
Sailing (1 gold, 1 bronze)
1984 1988 1992 HP
Windsurfing bronze gold fourth 19800

Eizo Kenmotsu

B. 1948-02-13, Japan
Gymnastics (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)
1968 1972 1976 HP
Individual Combined fourth silver (dnq*) 7260
Team gold gold gold 9600
Horizontal Bar bronze fourth silver 2244
Pommeled Horse fifth bronze silver 2079
Parallel Bars fifth bronze 890
Floor Exercises sixth fourth sixth 792
Vaults sixth fourth 560
Rings fifth fifth 500

Member of the Japanese gymnastics team from '68 to '76, who won gold each time.
(*) Kenmotsu would have qualified for the final of the individual in 1976 in 5th place, but he was not allowed to compete in the final because three other Japanese were ahead of him.

Keresztes Lajos

B. 1900-04-28, Praid, now in Romania, competed for Hungary; D. 1978-08-09
Wrestling, Greco-Roman (1 gold, 1 silver)
1924 1928 HP
Lightweight (-67.5 kg) silver gold 15600

Julius Keyl

Olympic Competitor nr 820

Written 2002-07-24 - last modified 2011-08-12

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