İlham Tanui Özbilen
|Birth name||William Biwott Tanui|
March 5, 1990 |
Kocholwo, Keiyo District, Kenya
|Height||1.77 m (5.8 ft)|
|Weight||60 kg (130 lb)|
|Coached by||Carol Santa Romania|
|Achievements and titles|
İlham Tanui Özbilen (born William Biwott Tanui on 5 March 1990 in Kocholwo, Keiyo District, Kenya) is a middle distance runner now representing Turkey. The 1.77 m (5.8 ft) tall athlete weighs 60 kg (130 lb). He is coached by Romanian Carol Santa.
Career in Kenya
Özbilen, then competing as William Biwott Tanui, won the 1500 metres at the 2009 World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki, Greece. He holds the current world junior record in the mile run with his clocking of 3:49.29 minutes, achieved in Oslo on 3 July 2009. He was also part of the Kenyan team (with Gideon Gathimba, Geoffrey Kipkoech Rono and Augustine Kiprono Choge) that set a new world record of 14:36.23 in the rarely contested 4 x 1500 metres relay at the 2009 Memorial Van Damme Golden League meeting in Brussels, Belgium.
He switched allegiance to Turkey in June 2011, changing his name to İlham Tanui Özbilen. His surname was given him by his godfather and manager Önder Özbilen, who persuaded him in December 2010 in Kenya to immigrate to Turkey. He moved in February 2011 to Turkey, and was naturalized on June 8, 2011. While he would normally have been ineligible to internationally represent his adoptive country until June 8, 2013, it was announced in February 2012 that he had received permission from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to compete for Turkey starting with the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.
İlham Tanui Özbilen won the silver medal for Turkey in the 1500 m event at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships held in Istanbul, Turkey. At the 2013 Mediterranean Games held in Mersin, Turkey, he became gold medalist in the 1500 m event.
At the 2013 Islamic Solidarity Games held in Palembang, Indonesia, he wond a gold medal in the 1500 m event, a bronze medal in the 800 m event and a silver medal in the 4x400 m relay event with his teammates Batuhan Altıntaş, Halit Kılıç and Mehmet Güzel.
|2009||Memorial Van Damme||Brussels, Belgium||1st||4x1500 m relay||14:36.23 WR|
|7th World Athletics Final||Thessaloniki, Greece||1st||1500 m||3:35.04|
|2012||14th World Indoor Championships||Istanbul, Turkey||2nd||1500 m||3:45.35|
|2013||European Team Championships Super League||Gateshead, Great Britain||2nd||800 m||1:47.39|
|32nd European Indoor Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||2nd||1500 m||3:37.22 SB|
|17th Mediterranean Games||Mersin, Turkey||1st||800 m||1:44.00 GR|
|1st||1500 m||3:35.09 SB|
|3rd Islamic Solidarity Games||Palembang, Indonesia||3rd||800 m||1:45.65|
|2nd||4×400 m relay||3:06.43|
- WR - World record
- GR - Games record
- SB - Season's best
- "Tanui ve Kemboi için onay çıktı". Birgün (in Turkish). 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-03-10.
- "Türkiye vatanım!". HT Spor (in Turkish). 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
- Ilham Tanui Özbilen profile at IAAF
- "World Junior Records - Men". IAAF. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- David Powell (2009-09-04). "Oldest World record goes down in Brussels as Kenya dominates 4x1500". IAAF. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- "IAAF News - Newsletter". IAAF. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-07-23.
- Butler, Mark. "14th IAAF World Championships - Biographical Entry List" (pdf). IAAF. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
- "Turkish athletes of Kenyan origin on board national team". Today's Zaman. 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
- "IAAF'tan iyi haber!" (in Turkish). Sporx. 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
- "Athletics-Results". The 3rd Islamic Solidarity Games. Retrieved 2013-10-03.