Julius Sang

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJulius•Sang
Used nameJulius•Sang
Born30 June 1946 in Kapsabet, Nandi (KEN)
Died9 April 2004 in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu (KEN)
Measurements175 cm / 69 kg
NOC Kenya
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2


Starting out as a fairly unremarkable sprinter, Julius Sang gradually became a top 400 m runner. He reached the peak of his career at the Munich Olympics. In the individual 400 m event, Sang became the first African to medal in a sprint event, placing third. Because the two Americans in front of him had been barred from further competition due to their antics at the medal ceremony, this left Kenya as he favorite for the relay (Charles Asati had been fourth individually). The Kenyans did not disappointed, and Sang anchored his team home with a 43.5 leg to take the gold medal. Sang, who was married to Kenya’s first female Olympian, Tekla Chemabwai, unexpectedly died in 2004 while undergoing treatment for a stomach ailment.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.3 (1968); 200 – 20.3y (1969); 400 – 44.92 (1972).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics KEN Julius Sang
100 metres, Men (Olympic) 6 h2 r1/4
200 metres, Men (Olympic) 5 h1 r2/4
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics KEN Julius Sang
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
4 × 400 metres Relay, Men (Olympic) Kenya 1 Gold

Olympic family relations

Special Notes


There have been 2 Kenyan runners named Julius Sang, one with a date of birth of 30 June 1946, and one with a date of birth of 30 April 1946.