Josephat Machuka

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Josephat Machuka (born December 12, 1973) is a runner from Kenya. He won IAAF World Cross Country Championships junior bronze medal in 1992 and 1993. In the 1996 IAAF World Cross Country Championships he was 10th and was part of the Kenyan team that won team gold.

At the 1992 World Junior Championships he competed in the 10,000 metres finishing second, but as he was being passed just before the finish, he deliberately punched at the eventual winner Haile Gebreselassie during the final sprint and was disqualified. [1] [2] Overshadowed by Gebreselassie his entire career, this early incident is what Machuka is best remembered for.

He competed at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, finishing fifth in the men's 10,000 metres race, won by Haile Gebreselassie.[3]

He was also fifth in the 1995 World Championships 10,000 metres race.[4] He won the Eurocross meeting in Luxembourg in 1998.[5]

Machuka was also successful road runner. He won the Bloomsday Run in 1994 and 1995.[6] Machuka won the Steamboat Classic 4-mile race in 1995.[7] In the Netherlands he won the Zevenheuvelenloop (a 15 kilometres race) twice, in 1995 and 1996, just as the Dam tot Damloop, in 1993 and 1996.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
1992 World Cross Country Championships Boston, United States 3rd Junior Race
African Championships Belle Vue Maurel, Mauritius 3rd 5000 m
1st 10,000 m
1993 World Cross Country Championships Amorebieta, Spain 3rd Junior Race
1995 All-Africa Games Harare, Zimbabwe 1st 5000 m
1st 10,000 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th 10000 m
1996 World Cross Country Championships Stellenbosch, South Africa 10th Long Race
1st Team Race
Summer Olympics Atlanta, United States 5th 10,000 m


Josephat Machuka profile at IAAF

  1. ^ BBC Sports, May 28, 2004: Olympic countdown: 73 days
  2. ^ YouTube video: 1992 World Junior Championships 10000m final sprint Machuka hit Haile
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  5. ^ Civai, Franco & Gasparovic, Juraj (2009-02-28). Eurocross 10.2 km (men) + 5.3 km (women). Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  6. ^ Bloomsday Run - Results History
  7. ^ 2002 Steamboat Classic Men's 4-mile results

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie
Men's Zevenheuvelenloop Winner (15 km)
1995 – 1996
Succeeded by
Ethiopia Worku Bikila