IAAF World Athletics Heritage Plaque 2020
The IAAF World Athletics Heritage Plaque is a location-based recognition which highlights, celebrates and links together iconic and historic athletics competitions, careers, performances, cities, venues, landmarks and culture around the world.
The Plaque is awarded for “an outstanding contribution to the worldwide history and development of the sport of track & field athletics and of out of stadia athletics disciplines such as cross country, mountain, road, trail and ultra-running, and race walking.”
Iten – Home of Champions
Iten , Kenya
Plaque category – Landmark
Iten, a town of 42,000 people in Elgeyo-Marakwet County of Kenya, is known as the ‘Home of Champions’. St. Patrick’s High School is located in Iten and over the last 30 years has produced a long list of world-class long distance athletes. Alumni include Ibrahim Hussein, winner of three Boston Marathons and one New York City Marathon; Peter Rono, 1988 Olympic 1500m gold medallist, Wilson Boit Kipketer, 1997 World 3000m Steeplechase champion, Matthew Birir, 1992 Olympic 3000m Steeplechase champion and David Rudisha, 2012 Olympic 800m gold medallist and world record holder. Many athletes, including Rudisha, and World champions Edna Kiplagat, Florence Kiplagat, Lornah Kiplagat, Linet Masai, and Mary Keitany, have made homes in Iten.