Chiengjiek at the 2016 Olympics
|Born||March 2, 1992|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lb)|
|Country||Refugee Olympic Team|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Club||Tegla Loroupe Foundation|
|Coached by||Tegla Loroupe|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||52.89 (2016)|
James Nyang Chiengjiek (born March 2, 1992) is a runner originally from South Sudan, but now living and training in Kenya. He was selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to compete for the Refugee Olympic Team at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He placed last in his 400 m heat.
Chiengjiek is originally from Bentiu, South Sudan. In 1999 his father, who was a soldier, was killed during the Second Sudanese Civil War. At the age of 13 Chiengjiek left South Sudan and escaped to Kenya as a refugee to avoid being recruited by rebels as a child soldier. In 2002 he ended up at the Kakuma refugee camp. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) officially granted him refugee status in December 2014.
He began running whilst attending school in Kenya; joining a group of older children from a town in the highlands known for its long-distance runners who were training for events. He often had to train without shoes which resulted in him getting injured frequently.
In 2013 he was selected to join a group of athletes in the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, a support program for refugees from the Kakuma camp run by former marathon world record holder Tegla Loroupe. These athletes were identified by the IOC as having the potential to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
|Representing Refugee Athletes|
|2016||Summer Olympics||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||8th (h)||400 m||52.89|
|2018||African Championships||Asaba, Nigeria||34th (h)||800 m||1:58.69|
|2019||IAAF World Relays||Yokohama, Japan||7th||Mixed 2×2×400 m relay||4:08.80|
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- James Chiengjiek at World Athletics
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