Hellen Onsando Obiri
Personal information
NationalityKenyan
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-distance running

Hellen Onsando Obiri (born 13 December 1989) is a Kenyan middle-distance runner and the current 5000 metres champion after winning gold in the 2017 World Championships in London. She successfully defended the title at the 2019 World Championships, in Doha, setting a new championship record. Obiri is also the silver medalist from the 2016 and 2020 Summer Olympics over the same distance (5000 metres). She won the 3000 metres race event at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.[1] She holds the Kenyan National Record for the mile, 3000 metres and 5000 metres events.

On 30 March 2019 she won the women's senior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship.[2] The event took place in Aarhus, Denmark. She won the 10.2 km race in a time of 36:14.[3]

Obiri was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2017.[4]

She represented Kenya at the 2020 Summer Olympics[5] where she won the silver medal in the 5000 metres event, finishing behind Sifan Hassan.

Hellen Obiri during the 2017 Golden Gala, Rome
Hellen Obiri during the 2017 Golden Gala, Rome

Achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th 1500 m 4:20.23
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 3000 m 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 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 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

References

  1. ^ "IAAF profile". International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Senior women's race" (PDF). 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ fadamana (7 December 2017). "100 Most Influential Africans: Ten Kenyans Including CJ David Maraga Listed". Answers Africa. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  5. ^ Olobulu, Timothy (19 June 2021). "Conseslus, Timothy Cheruiyot out as Kenya names team for Tokyo Olympics". Capital Sports. Retrieved 20 June 2021.