John Cheruiyot Korir

John Cheruiyot Korir ( born December 13, 1981 in Kiramwok at Merigi, Bomet District, Rift Valley Province) is a Kenyan long-distance runner.

Korir started in elementary school with the running and won the third year of high school at the national university championships in cross country and over 10,000 m. A year after graduating from the Merigi Secondary School, he was commissioned by the Italian manager Gianni Demadonna under contract. In 2000 he won bronze at the junior race of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Vilamoura and won the Olympic qualification for the 10,000 - meter race in 27:48,42 min, which was a world record for altitude. At the Games in Sydney, he finished fifth.

In 2001 he was in the Kenyan Cross Country champion and 10,000 m runner-up behind Charles Waweru Kamathi and eighth at the World Athletics Championships in Edmonton. In the same year he was recruited by the Kenyan army.

Following basic training, he returned at the Kenyan Championships back to the competition scene and was again second in the 10,000 m, this time behind Paul Malakwen Kosgei. About the same distance he missed fourth just a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, silver medal at the African Championships in Radès and became a military champion.

In 2003 he was a Kenyan cross-country running and 10,000 m champion. At the World Cross Country Championships in Lausanne, he finished sixth, the 10,000 - meter race the World Athletics Championships in Paris / Saint- Denis and the fifth at the World Half Marathon Championships in Vilamoura fourth place.

In 2004, he placed in front of the field of international championships, but not to win a medal. At the Olympic Games in Athens, he was sixth and at the World Half Marathon Championships in New Delhi again fourth.

He finished ninth at the World Cross Country Championships in Saint- Galmier and 2006 fourth in the 10,000 m at the African Championships in Bambous 2005.

Korir is 1,72 m tall and weighs 57 kg. It belongs to the Kalenjin ethnic group and is the oldest of five siblings of a family that lives on the cultivation of tea. Korir lives in Kiramwok and in Ngong where the Kenyan Army maintains a training camp. His coach is Renato Canova.

Personal Best

  • 3000 m: 7:43,35 min, 10 June 2000 Turin
  • 5000 m: 13:09,58 min, August 11, 2000 Zurich
  • 10,000 m: 26:52,87 min, August 30, 2002 Brussels
  • 10 - km road race: 27:49 min, March 26, 2005, New Orleans
  • Half Marathon: 1:00:47 h, 3rd April 2004 Milan