Henry Sugut

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Henry Sugut at the 2012 Amsterdam Marathon

Henry Kemo Sugut (born 4 May 1985) is a male long-distance runner from Kenya who competes in marathon races. He is a three-time winner of the Vienna City Marathon. His personal best for the event is 2:06:58 hours. In his early career he ran in track races and represented Kenya at the World Junior Championships in Athletics and the All-Africa Games.


As a junior athlete, he competed at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics and was seventh in the 5000 metres. He set his lifetime best of 13:08.90 minutes for the event at that year FBK Games. His best for the 3000 metres acme in 2006 with a run of 7:53.91 minutes. In his final year of track running in 2007 he set a personal best of 27:51.34 minutes for the 10,000 metres – a time which gained him a spot on the team for the 2007 All-Africa Games, where he placed twelfth.[1][2]

After taking time out in 2008, he returned in 2009 focused on road running. In his marathon debut he came third at the Reims à Toutes Jambes with a time of 2:10:45 hours. His first victory came shortly after at the 2010 Vienna Marathon, where he took the title in a personal best of 2:08:40 hours, causing an upset over race favourites Felix Limo and Luke Kibet.[3] Later that year he entered the higher profile Frankfurt Marathon race, but his time of 2:10:43 hours saw him finish down the field in tenth place.[4][5]

Sugut ran in two large marathons in 2011: his best run came at the Paris Marathon (2:08:22 for seventh) and he came tenth for a second year running at the Frankfurt Marathon.[2][6] He returned to Vienna in 2012 and ran the fastest time ever recorded in Austria, winning the race in a course record of 2:06:58 hours.[7] In October he competed at the Amsterdam Marathon, but was again further down the order at the faster race, placing ninth.[8] A third victory in Vienna in 2013 made him only the second man to achieve the feat, after Gerhard Hartmann.[9]

Sugut has performed as a pacemaker for marathons, including the 2011 Tokyo Marathon where the winner Hailu Mekonnen came within twelve seconds of a course record time.[10]

Personal bests[edit]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 13th 10,000 m 29:12.57
2009 Reims Marathon Reims, France 3rd Marathon 2:10:45
2010 Vienna Marathon Vienna, Austria 1st Marathon 2:08:40
2012 Vienna Marathon Vienna, Austria 1st Marathon 2:06:58
2013 Vienna Marathon Vienna, Austria 1st Marathon 2:08:19


  1. ^ Henry Kemo Sugut. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-04-17.
  2. ^ a b Henry Sugut. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2013-04-17.
  3. ^ Beating the winds, Sugut and Kimutai take Vienna Marathon titles. IAAF (2010-04-18). Retrieved on 2010-10-31.
  4. ^ October 2010 AIMS results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2013-04-17.
  5. ^ Edwards, Andy (2010-10-31). Fast Kenyan double in Frankfurt; 2:04:57 and 2:23:25. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-10-31.
  6. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2011-04-10). Fast Kenyan sweep by Kiptoo and Jeptoo at Paris Marathon Archived 2011-04-14 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-14.
  7. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2012-04-15). Sugut runs 2:06:58 while Tola defends; Haile beats Paula in chase in Vienna. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-04-17.
  8. ^ Sugut returns to Vienna to face tough opposition. IAAF (2013-03-12). Retrieved on 2013-04-17.
  9. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2013-04-14). Hat trick wins for Sugut and Gebrselassie in Vienna. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-04-17.
  10. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2011-02-27). Mekonnen triumphs in Tokyo in 2:07:35. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-27.

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