Patrick Ivuti

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The final 200 meters of the 2007 Chicago Marathon was a shoulder to shoulder race between Ivuti (right) Jaouad Gharib (left).

Patrick Mukutu Ivuti (born June 30, 1978, Machakos, Kenya) is a Kenyan long distance athlete, who currently resides in Nairobi, Kenya.[1] A two-time silver medallist at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, he made his marathon debut in 2005 and had his first major victory at the Chicago Marathon in 2007. He had back-to-back wins at the Honolulu Marathon in 2008–2009 and was the 2009 winner of the Prague Marathon.

Biography[edit]

Ivuti has competed several times at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, finishing second in 1999 behind Paul Tergat and runner-up again in 2003 when the race was won by Kenenisa Bekele. He also won the IAAF's Belfast International Cross Country meeting in 2000. However, he was plagued by injuries during much of the early part of this decade.[2] He also competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics and finished fourth in the 10,000 metres. He was a two-time winner of the Almond Blossom Cross Country during this period.[3]

Ivuti made his debut over the marathon distance at the 2005 Chicago Marathon.[1] He has broken the hour mark several times since running a time of 59:31 in Lisbon 2000.[1][4] He set his new half marathon personal record of 59:27 at the Rotterdam Half Marathon on September 9, 2007.[1] He won the Prague International Half Marathon with a course record 1:01 on March 24, 2007 in Prague, Czech Republic.[5]

He won the Chicago Marathon held on October 7, 2007 with a time of 2:11:11 hours.[6] The race was the closest Chicago Marathon ever and a photo finish culmination of a shoulder to shoulder final 300 meter stretch run with Jaouad Gharib down Columbus Drive on a day of record-setting 88 °F (31 °C) temperatures.[7][8]

He could not defend Chicago marathon title in 2008 due to injury. In December 2008 Ivuti won the Honolulu Marathon.[9] In May 2009 he won the Prague Marathon and set a new race record. He also repeated the Honolulu Marathon victory. He had a disappointing run in Prague in 2010, coming nineteenth,[10] but he rebounded at the 2011 Vienna City Marathon by recording his third career sub-2:10 time to take second place behind John Kiprotich.[11] He returned to Honolulu but was beaten to the title by Nicholas Chelimo by a margin of three seconds.[12]

Ivuti is married and his wife Marietta is sister of Jimmy Muindi, also a Kenyan marathon runner.[13]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
2007 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon 2:11:11
2008 Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii 1st Marathon 2:14:35
2009 Prague Marathon Prague, Czech Republic 1st Marathon 2:07:48
Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii 1st Marathon 2:12:14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Patrick Ivuti". LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Ivuti heads line-up for Kenyan Armed Forces cross". International Association of Athletics Federations - IAAF. 2004-01-16. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  3. ^ Civai, Franco (2009-03-09). Amendoeiras em Flor (Almond Blossom) 10 km and 6 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-03-10.
  4. ^ "Biography: Patrick IVUTI". IAAF. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  5. ^ "Winner of Prague's Half Marathon 2007 is Patrick M. Ivuti from Kenya". my.opera.com. 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  6. ^ IAAF, October 7, 2007: Ivuti and Adere clinch Chicago Marathon victories with dramatic sprints
  7. ^ "Patrick Ivuti of Kenya wins Chicago Marathon in photo finish". the International Herald Tribune. 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  8. ^ "Kenyan Patrick Ivuti and Ethiopian Berhane Adere win muggy Chicago Marathon". SI.com. Time Inc. 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2007-10-10. [dead link]
  9. ^ IAAF, December 15, 2008: Ivuti & Shimahara battle heavy rains to take Honolulu titles
  10. ^ Ivuti, Patrick. Marathon Info. Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  11. ^ Kiprotich and Tola the surprise winners in Vienna, Gebrselassie cruises 1:00:18 in the Half Marathon. IAAF (2011-04-17). Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  12. ^ Monti, David (2011-12-12). Thrilling finishes in Honolulu. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-12-12.
  13. ^ IAAF, December 12, 2008: Inseparable! Jimmy Muindi and the Honolulu Marathon

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