Today we pay tribute to

Paul Tanui


Paul Tanui was born on 22 December 1990 and is a Kenyan long distance runner. Hailing from Nakuru, Kenya, he began competing in major domestic cross country races in the 2007-2008 season. In the two junior races at the KCB/Athletics Kenya Cross Country Meetings, he made to the top eight hence went on to finish in sixth in the junior race.

In mid-2009, Tanui moved to Fukuoka, Japan to improve his running. The 2010 season proved to be another step up for Tanui. At the beginning of the year he took part in the New Year Ekiden for the Kyudenko Corporation, where he ran the fastest in his stage. In 2010 IAAF World, he surprised his competitor’s within a significant victory since this was the first time he was competing in the men’s senior race. He was suggests as a tentative favorite for the competition.

In 2011 Kenyan trials he came in the seventh place thus was not selected for the world event but a dispute between Leonard Komon and Athletics Kenya saw Tanui drafted in as a late replacement. He went on to finish the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships as his nation’s best performer by taking the silver medal, two seconds behind race winner Imane Merga. He also led the Kenyan team to acquiring a gold medal. He later came in third at the Trofeo Alasport leading to the close of his cross country. Being one of the fastest Kenyans over 10,000 m that year, he was chosen to compete at the 2011 World Championship in Athletics, however he ran a minute slower than his season’s best in the event final and finished ninth overall.

At the beginning of 2012, he beat Geoffrey Kipsang in a sprint finish to win the men’s race at the Cross International Juan Muguerza and was a runner-up at the Trofea Alasport.

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