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Promising Talent: Japhet KORIR

Japhet KORIR

Japhet Korir winning the Junior race in Kangaru on november 19 2011.

HONOURS:

– 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist over 5 000m
– 2009 Kenya Junior XC Bronze medallist
– 2010 World Junior Cross Country Bronze medallist
– 2011 African Junior Cross Country Bronze medallist
– 2012 African Junior Cross Country Silver medallist

BIO:

Japhet Korir was born on June 30th 1993 in Sotik.

Bronze medallist at the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games over 5 000m at the age of 15; 5th as a Youth at the 2009 Wolrd Junior XC race in Amman (Jordan); third the following year in Bydgoszcz, Japhet Korir created a stir on the cross country scene, becoming a national sensation. And his training partner David Bett is not going to say otherwise. 

After finishing 2010 with two personal bests over 3 000m and 5 000m and a second place at the East-African high school Championship over 5 000m, the young student at Kiptere Secondary School in Kericho decided to multiply races in 2011, running on all fronts with no less than 7 track races between May and June. This way he believes he will earn more experience  

Ended up his outdoor season with a 7:40.93 PB over 3 000m and a 13:17.18 PB over 5 000m; the teenage prodigy head back to Kenya at the end of the summer to prepare the domestic Junior Cross Country circuit. On his way to success, the Sigowet Athletics Club athlete, will probably be facing his compatriots  Isaiah Koech, Patrick Mwaka, Albert Rop, William Malel and David Bett among others promising talent. The race will be tight and it is coming soon. 

Fronting World Youth 3 000m titleholder William Malel for the AK XC Series Jackpot  (4200$) ; he won the third leg of the series in Kangaru and is in a tie with Malel before the conclusion of the seven meets series that will take places on February 18 in Nairobi, at the National Cross Country Championship

Before this Japhet is going to make his indoor debut at the 2012 PSD Bank meeting in Dusseldorf (Germany) on february 10th for a very fast 5 000m (Haron Lagat will pace the field, targeting a 12:50 finishing time). He will be facing a strong field including former World Youth Champion Isaiah Koech, steeplechaser Paul Kipsiele Koech, young talent Albert Rop and wolrd championship finalist Thomas Longosiwa among others. Let’s see how it goes but Japhet is thirsty for victory.

Japhet Korir on his way to win the Eldoret Junior XC race on January 17, 2010.

PERSONAL BESTS:

Distance

Time

Year

3 000m

7:40.93

2011

5 000m

13:17.18

2011

10K

29:57

2011

5 000m (i)

13:11.44

2012

ALL TIME TOP 5 + AVG:

Distance

3 000m

5 000m

10K

1

7:40.93

13:17.18

30:34

2

7:41.38

13:19.43

29:57

3

7:52.44

13:29.85

4

 7:57.6h

13:30.82

5

13:35.63

AVG

13:26.58

PROGRESSION: 

Date

3 000m

Date

5 000m

Date

10K

16/06/2009

7:57.6h

18/06/2008

13:57.2h

26/03/2011

30:34

13/07/2010

7:41.38

17/04/2010

13:54.7h

16/10/2011

29:57

12/06/2011  7:40.93

10/07/2010

13:19.43

25/05/2011

13:17.18

ANNUAL BESTS:

Year

3 000m

5 000m

10K

2008

13:57.2h

2009

7:57.6h

2010

7:41.38

13:19.43

2011

7:40.93

13:17.18

29:57

2012

Year

5 000m (i)

2012

13:11.44

Japhet Korir (#0229) leading during the 2010 National Championship in the Junior race in Nairobi, February 20, 2010.

PERFORMANCES:

DATE

CITY

EVENT

TIME

FINISH

MARGIN

18/06/2008

Nairobi (KEN)

5 000M

13:57.2h

6th

16/10/2008

Pune (IND)

CYG 5 000M

14:11.39

3rd

-0,53sec

15/11/2008

Kericho (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

22:18

1st

+33sec

30/11/2008

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

25:11

7th

-19sec

13/12/2008

Kisii (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:12

1st

+26sec

27/12/2008

Nyahururu (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

22:50

2nd

-6sec

10/01/2009

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:23

1st

+1sec

01/02/2009

Kericho (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

22:04

1st

+41sec

21/02/2009

Nairobi (KEN)

KJC XC

25:26

3rd

-3sec

16/06/2009

Nairobi (KEN)

3 000M

7:57.6h

3rd

29/11/2009

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:01

4th

16sec

20/12/2009

Kisii (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:09

1st

+5sec

28/03/2009

Amman (JOR)

WJC XC

23:36

5th

-10sec

17/01/2010

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:37

1st

+14sec

20/02/2010

Nairobi (KEN)

KJC XC

22:49

4th

-41sec

28/03/2010

Bydgoszcz (POL)

WJC XC

22:12

3rd

-5sec

17/04/2010

Mumias (KEN)

5 000M

13:54.7h

3rd

-0,5hsec

10/07/2010

Heusden (BEL)

5 000M

13:19.43

4th

-19,71sec

13/07/2010

Liege (BEL)

3 000M

7:41.38

3rd

-2,35sec

20/08/2010

Nakuru (KEN)

5 000M

14:17.11

2nd

-1,30sec

14/11/2010

Kipkelion (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

25:23

3rd

-30sec

21/11/2010

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

22:16

1st

+14sec

04/12/2010

Kisii (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

25:45

3rd

-16sec

08/01/2011

Iten (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

25:02

2nd

-27sec

08/02/2011

Kericho (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:13

5th

-5sec

20/02/2011

Nairobi (KEN)

KJC XC

23:42

8th

-16sec

06/03/2011

Cape Town (RSA)

AJXC – 8Km

23:03

1st

+1sec

26/03/2011

Kericho (KEN)

10K

30:34

2nd

-11sec

11/05/2011

Fortaleza (BRA)

5 000M

13:30.82

2nd

-6,17sec

15/05/2011

Belem (BRA)

5 000M

13:35.63

4th

-13,87sec

25/05/2011

Nijmegen (NED)

5 000M

13:17.18

3rd

-0,88sec

29/05/2011

Hengelo (NED)

5 000M

13:56.33

16th

-57,18sec

01/06/2011

Dessau (GER)

3 000M

7:52.44

1st

+6,12sec

07/06/2011

Montreuil (FRA)

5 000M

13:29.85

6th

-18,84sec

12/06/2011

Strasbourg (FRA)

3 000M

7:40.93

4th

-1,21sec

15/10/2011

Ndalat (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

24:03

1st

+16sec

16/10/2011

Kericho (KEN)

10K

29:57

1st

+20sec

05/11/2011

Tala (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

22:58

4th

-6sec

12/11/2011

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC

20:20

2nd

-1sec

19/11/2011

Kangaru (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:47

1st

+11sec

27/11/2011

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:50

5th

+45sec

22/01/2012

Eldoret (KEN)

JXC – 8Km

23:15

2nd

-12sec

10/02/2012

Dusseldorf (GER)

5 000M (i)

13:11.44

6th

-12,74sec

14/02/2012

Diekrich (LUX)

XC

30:34

1st

+2sec

18/02/2012

Nairobi (KEN)

NC XC

23:21

4th

+14sec

18/03/2012

Cape Town

AJ XC

23:31

2nd

-1sec

AJ= African Junior Championship; H= Heat; JXC= Junior Cross Country;
KJC=Kenya Junior Championship; NC= National Championship;
PC = Police Championship;RD= Road; SF= Semi Final;
WC= World Championship; WJC= World Junior Championship;
XC= Cross Country; EK=Ekiden; HM= Half-marathon
WYC= World Youth Championship; F= Final
AAG= All-Africa Games; (i)= Indoor
CYG= Commonwealth Youth Games

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