|1988 Seoul||1500 m|
Born in Kamobo village, near Kapsabet, Rono won the gold medal at the Africa Cross Country Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1985 and in 1986 he was the silver medallist in the 1500m at the World Junior Championships in Athens, Greece. In 1987, he was a semi-finalist in the 1500m at the World Championships in Rome, Italy.
At the 1988 Olympic Games, Rono managed to closely defeat the main favourites, Peter Elliott and Steve Cram of Great Britain, thus becoming the youngest Olympic Champion at 1500 m (21 years and 62 days).
Peter Rono currently lives in New Jersey, USA where he is employed by the sales and marketing department of the shoe manufacturer New Balance. He is married to Mary Kirui, a runner who won 10,000 metres bronze medal at the 1987 All-Africa Games held in Nairobi, Kenya. They have five kids, Irene Rono, Winnie Rono, Patrick Rono, Cynthia Rono and Nosheena Kurui. Their son Patrick Rono attended the University of Arkansas. Their daughter Irene is also a runner.
|1986||World Junior Championships||Athens, Greece||2nd||1500m||3:45.52|
- The Standard, November 4, 2009: Young Rono emulating father and mother
- From Strength to Strength, the Story of Peter Kipchumba Rono, by Kibny'aanko Seroney. Published by Mvule Africa Publishers, Nairobi 2009.