Bob Kennedy (athlete)

Bob Kennedy ( Robert Owen actually Kennedy Jr., born August 18, 1970 in Bloomington, Indiana ) is a former American long-distance runner.

At the World Athletics Championships 1991 in Tokyo and at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, he came twelfth in the 5000m. About the same distance, he retired at the World Championships in Stuttgart in 1993 from the lead and finished seventh at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg.

He was over 5000 m in sixth at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and shortly thereafter was the first non - Africans over this distance under the 13 -minute mark. A seventh place in the 5000m at the 1997 World Championships in Athens followed a ninth at the 1999 World Championships in Seville.

In 2000 he suffered in the spring in a car accident a vertebral injury that prevented him from coming in time to qualify for the Olympic Games in Sydney in shape.

The following year, he was twelfth at the World Cross Country Championships and won with the U.S. team the bronze medal, but was then thrown back of anemia and hypothyroidism, and therefore missed the World Championships 2001. 2004 he reached with the U.S. elimination fights for the Olympic Games in Athens 10,000 m due to discomfort at the Achilles tendon not the goal. Also in the New York City Marathon the same year he was forced to retire for the same reason. In 2006, he then declared his retirement from competitive sport.

Four times he was U.S. champion in the 5000m (1995-1997, 2001) and twice in cross country (1992, 2004).

Bob Kennedy is 1.83 meters tall and weighed about 66 kg competition times. He is a graduate of Indiana University. In 2000 he opened together with the former Road Runner Ashley Johnson in Indianapolis the sporting goods store The Running Company. In 2005, he and his wife Melina parents of twins.

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