Kamathi in the 2008 Rotterdam Marathon
|Competitor for Kenya|
|2001 Edmonton||10,000 m|
Early life and career
Kamathi started running in 1995. He graduated from Njogu-Ini Secondary School in 1996. In 1997 he went to run for Toyota club in Japan, but had to leave back home only after days later due to tendinitis and Toyota replaced him with Simon Maina. Kamathi joined Kenya Police in 1998. On 3 September 1999 he made his international breakthrough by winning a 10000 metres race at the Memorial Van Damme meeting in Brussels by running 26:51.49, then the fifth best time ever and the world's fastest time in 1999.
Following this, he took to the European cross country running circuit and beat multiple world champion Paul Tergat three times, taking victories at the Almond Blossom Cross Country, Cross Internacional de Itálica and Cinque Mulini race. Despite a poor finish at the Kenya World trials event, he was selected for the 2000 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. He did not live up to his circuit form and was seventh place in the long race, behind four of his compatriots. His 2000 season was hampered by a hamstring injury and he did not managed to make the Kenyan team for the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Fully recovered, he returned to the European cross country meets and won again at the Cinque Mulini and Itálica races. He qualified for the 2001 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and won his first major medal in the men's long race. Kamathi won the bronze medal (behind Mohammed Mourhit and Serhiy Lebid) and led a Kenyan team which included Paul Kosgei and Patrick Ivuti to the team gold medal. An even greater achievement awaited him at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. He took on defending world champion Haile Gebrselassie in the 10,000 m and managed to beat both him and Olympic medallist Assefa Mezgebu to the line in the final lap, taking the world gold medal in the event. The victory, in which Kamathi sprinted from fourth to first in the final 200 metres, broke Haile's undefeated streak of 37 races.
He made his marathon debut at the 2007 Milan Marathon and finished fourth by running 2:11:25. He finished third at his second marathon, the 2008 Rotterdam Marathon and bettered his personal record to 2:07:33. He ran at the Milan Marathon in April 2010, but suffered cramps at the 30 km point and finished in second place. He entered the Eindhoven Marathon in October and had a close battle with Nicholas Chelimo and Paul Biwott at the finish. Kamathi just pipped Chelimo at the line to win the race, recording a time of 2:07:38 – the same as the runner-up.
|2000||World Cross Country Championships||Vilamoura, Portugal||7th||Long race|
|2001||World Championships||Edmonton, Canada||1st||10,000 m|
|World Cross Country Championships||Oostende, Belgium||3rd||Long race|
|2002||IAAF World Half Marathon Championships||Brussels, Belgium||9th||Half marathon|
|World Cross Country Championships||Dublin, Ireland||5th||Long race|
|2003||World Championships||Paris, France||7th||10,000 m|
|World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||8th||5000 m|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||13th||10,000 m|
|World Cross Country Championships||Brussels, Belgium||5th||Long race|
|World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||7th||5000 m|
|African Championships||Brazzaville, Congo||1st||10,000 m|
|2005||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||12th||10,000 m|
|World Cross Country Championships||Saint-Étienne-
- 3000 metres - 7:41.89 (2003)
- 5000 metres - 13:02.51 (2002)
- 10,000 metres - 26:51.49 (1999)
- Half marathon - 1:00:22 (2002)
- Marathon - 2:07:33 (2008)
- IAAF: Focus on Africa - Charles Waweru Kamathi (KEN)
- 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.
- Cinque Mulini Men's winners. Cinque Mulini. Retrieved on 2010-02-05.
- Civai, Franco & Gasparovic, Juraj (2010-01-18). Cross Italica. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2010-01-30.
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- 2001 World Championships - 10,000 metres final. IAAF (2010-08-09). Retrieved on 2010-10-12.
- Dam tot Dam 10 mile. Association of Road Racing Statisticians (2009-09-19). Retrieved on 2010-10-12.
- IAAF, 2 December 2007: Cheruiyot wins in debut, Chepchumba cruises to personal best in Milan
- IAAF, 13 April 2008: Kipsang sets 2:05:49 course record in Rotterdam
- Sampaolo, Diego (2010-04-12). Surprise victories for Kipchumba and Mengistu in Milan. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-12.
- van Hemert, Wim (2010-10-10). In a thriller, Kamathi takes 2:07:38 victory in Eindhoven. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-10-12.
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