Paul Koech

Paul Koech ( born June 25, 1969) is a Kenyan long-distance runner.

He won at the Africa Championships in Athletics in 1996 in Yaounde in the 5000 -meter run. At the World Athletics Championships 1997 in Athens, he was fourth in the 10,000 -meter run. In the same year he presented his personal bests over 3000m ( 7:33,79 min), 5000 m ( 12:56,29 min) and 10,000 m ( 26:36,26 min).

In 1998 he won silver at the World Cross Country Championships, with a time of 1:00:01 h the title at the World Half Marathon Championships.

1999 and 2000, he came sixth in the World Cross Country Championships. However, a knee injury prevented participation in the Olympic Games in Sydney.

In 2003 he signed up with a fifth place finish at the World Cross Country Championships back. Under his new coach Dieter Hogen he specialized in the marathon, and on his debut he finished second at the Chicago Marathon 2003 in 2:07:07 h 2004 he finished tenth in the same place.

Paul Koech is the uncle of successful female Sally and Florence Barsosio.