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Kenyan Sports Star Visits IC

In the 1970s she may have been the fastest woman on the African continent. At the 1978 African Games she posted record times in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter events. In 1980 she made the Kenyan Olympic team but never competed because her native Kenya joined the U.S. in boycotting the Moscow games. During the ’80s she was an 11-time track and cross country all-American at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Today she is internationally heralded as a pioneer who broke the gender barrier for Kenyan women in competitive sports. And in March, as a part of a series of events celebrating Women’s History Month, University of Georgia professor Rose Chepyator-Thomson shared with the IC community her experiences of being a female athlete in Kenya, as well as what she has learned through her extensive research on Kenyan women and sport.

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