Kenya is in eastern Africa, with part of its border lining the Indian Ocean and the other shared with the five surrounding countries of Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
Agricultural products, chiefly tea and coffee, provide half export earnings. Tourism is the main foreign exchange earner.
In 1920 the country became a British colony, and in 1963 Kenya gained its independence and joined the Commonwealth. Kenya had already competed in the 1954, 1958, and 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, and is now a veteran of 12 attendances, with a total of 144 medals, including 53 gold medals.
Kenya is famous for its distance runners and their many Olympic and Commonwealth titles on the running track, and in Manchester Kenyan athletes became a part of Commonwealth Games history when they won gold, silver, and bronze in the Men’s 5,000 metres.
View the final list of medallists from Kenya at Melbourne 2006
See highlights and photos of the Queen's Baton Relay in Kenya