Hellen Obiri

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Hellen Obiri
Hellen Obiri Golden Gala 2017.jpg
Obiri after her win at the Golden Gala meet in Rome in 2017
Personal information
Full nameHellen Onsando Obiri
Born (1989-12-13) 13 December 1989 (age 32)
Kisii, Kenya
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
Sport
CountryKenya
SportAthletics
Event(s)Middle-, Long-distance running

Hellen Onsando Obiri (born 13 December 1989)[1] is a Kenyan middle- and long-distance runner. She is a two-time world champion after winning the 5000 metres in 2017 and again in 2019, when she set a new championship record. Obiri took bronze for the 1500 metres in 2013. She is a two time Olympic 5000m silver medallist from the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she also placed fourth over the 10,000 metres. She won the 3000 metres race at the 2012 World Indoor Championships, took silver in 2014, and placed fourth in 2018. She holds the Kenyan national records for the mile, 3000 metres both out and indoors, and 5000 metres events.

In March 2019, Obiri won the women's senior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship. She places fifth in the half marathon on the world all-time list.[2]

She was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2017.[3]

Career

Obiri gained her first international experience at the 2011 Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she won the bronze medal for the 800 metres and placed fourth in the 1500 metres.

In 2012, she took her first global title competing at the World Indoor Championships held in Istanbul, clocking 8:37.16 over the 3000 metres.

After bronze for the 1500m event at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Obiri earned the silver medal in the 3000m at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot a year later. She finished behind only multiple world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba. In 2014, she added 1500m title from the African Championships.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Obiri competed in the 5000 metres and earned the silver medal in a time of 14:29.77, behind compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot in an Olympic record of 14:26.17 and ahead of Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana who ran 14:33.59.[4]

Obiri represented Kenya at the 2017 World Championships in London and won the gold medal for the 5000m event ahead of Almaz Ayana and Sifan Hassan.[5]

In March 2019, Obiri won the women's senior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship.[6] The event took place in Aarhus, Denmark. She won the 10.2 km race in a time of 36:14.[7] After she posted best times of the year in the 5000 metres in 2017 and 2018, Obiri won the event at the Doha World Championships in October, setting a championship record of 14:26.72 in the process. Margaret Chelimo Kipkemboi and Konstanze Klosterhalfen finished second and third, respectively.[8]

Obiri represented Kenya at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in both the women's 5000m and 10,000 metres events.[9] She won the silver medal at the former in a time of 14:38.36, finishing behind only Hassan who ran 14:36.79; Gudaf Tsegay took bronze in 14:38.87.[10] Obiri placed fourth in the 10,000 metres final in a personal best behind Hassan, Kalkidan Gezahegne and Letesenbet Gidey.[11]

Achievements

Obiri captured gold for the 3000m at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
2011 2011 Military World Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 800 m 2:01.86
4th 800 m 4:19.32
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th 1500 m 4:20.23
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 3000 m i 8:37.16
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 12th 1500 m 4:16.57
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 1500 m 4:03.86
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 2nd 3000 m i 8:57.72
IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 1st 4 × 1500 m relay 16:33.58
Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 6th 1500 m 4:10.84
African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 1st 1500 m 4:09.53
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd 5000 m 14:29.77
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 1st 5000 m 14:34.86
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 4th 3000 m i 8:49.66
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 1st 5000 m 15:13.11
African Championships Asaba, Nigeria 1st 5000 m 15:47.18
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 5000 m 14:26.72 CR
5th 10,000 m 30:35.82
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 2nd 5000 m 14:38.36
4th 10,000 m 30:24.27 PB
2022 World Championships Eugene, OR, United States 2nd 10,000 m 30:10.02 PB
Marathons representing  Kenya
2021 Istanbul Half Marathon Istanbul, Turkey 3rd Half marathon 1:04:51
2022 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates 2nd Half marathon 1:04:22 PB[12]
Istanbul Half Marathon Istanbul, Turkey 1st Half marathon 1:04:48

Circuit wins and titles

National championships

Personal bests

Type Event Time Date Place Notes
Track 800 metres 2:00.54 5 August 2011 London, United Kingdom
1500 metres 3:57.05 31 May 2014 Eugene, OR, United States
One mile 4:16.15 22 July 2018 London, United Kingdom NR
3000 metres 8:20.68 9 May 2014 Doha, Qatar NR
3000 metres indoor 8:29.41 18 February 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom NR
Two miles 9:14.55 20 August 2021 Eugene, OR, United States
5000 metres 14:18.37 8 June 2017 Rome, Italy NR
10,000 metres 30:24.27 7 August 2021 Tokyo, Japan
4×1500 m relay 16:33.58 24 May 2014 Nassau, Bahamas African record
Road 5 km 14:30 8 September 2021 Zürich, Switzerland
10 km 30:15 22 May 2022 Manchester, United Kingdom (also 29:59 not legal)
Half marathon 1:04:22 19 February 2022 Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai Mx 5th all-time[15]

References

  1. ^ "Hellen OBIRI – Athlete Profile". World Athletics. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  2. ^ Whittington, Jess (27 March 2022). "Obiri and Kwemoi claim half marathon crowns in Istanbul". World Athletics. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  3. ^ fadamana (7 December 2017). "100 Most Influential Africans: Ten Kenyans Including CJ David Maraga Listed". Answers Africa. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  4. ^ "The XXXI Olympic Games | Rio de Janeiro 2016 – 5000 metres Women | Final". World Athletics. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  5. ^ "WCH 17 | London 2017 – 5000 metres Women | Final". World Athletics. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Senior women's race" (PDF). 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  7. ^ Dennehy, Cathal (30 March 2019). "Bring on the Mud and Hills! World Cross Country Championships Batter Runners With Challenging New Course". Runner's World. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  8. ^ "WCH 19 | Doha 2019 – 5000 metres Women | Final". World Athletics. 5 October 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  9. ^ Olobulu, Timothy (19 June 2021). "Conseslus, Timothy Cheruiyot out as Kenya names team for Tokyo Olympics". Capital Sports. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  10. ^ "The XXXII Olympic Games | Tokyo 2020 – 5000 metres Women | Final". World Athletics. 2 August 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  11. ^ "The XXXII Olympic Games | Tokyo 2020 – 10,000 metres Women | Final". World Athletics. 7 August 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  12. ^ Kelsall, Christopher (1 March 2022). "Hodgkinson to double at Worlds, Obiri to race half-marathon March 27". Athletics Illustrated. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
  13. ^ "Diamond League Champions 2017 – Brussels (BEL) 31 Aug-1 Sept 2017" (PDF). Diamond League. 1 September 2017. p. 4. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Diamond League Champions 2018 – Brussels (BEL) 30th-31st August 2018" (PDF). Diamond League. 31 August 2018. p. 4. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Top list – Half Marathon | Women | World". World Athletics. 27 March 2022. Retrieved 27 March 2022.

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