John Korir Kipsang

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John Korir (also John Kipsang Korir; born December 15, 1975) is a Kenyan athlete who specializes in road running.

John Korir Kipsang (half hidden behind Amanuel Mesel) crossing the Čechův most a few minutes before finishing the 2013 Prague Half Marathon

John Korir was born in 1975 in Mulot village, Bomet District. He represents Kipsigis people, a Kalenjin sub-tribe.

He is not to be confused with John Cheruiyot Korir, a runner born in 1981 who has represented Kenya at the Olympics and various other championships. The two have competed against each other a couple of times. At the 2002 Lisbon Half Marathon, the older Korir was better, while John Cheruiyot Korir beat his namesake at a cross country event in Kenya in 2003. At the 2005 Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run, John Cheruiyot Korir was fifth in an event won by his older namesake.[1][2]

He trains with Kimbia Athletics and is coached by Dieter Hogen.


Korir has won several road races, including:

Personal bests[edit]



  • 10 kilometres - 27:47 min (2004)
  • 15 kilometres - 42:57 (2001)
  • 10 miles - 46:12 min (2001)
  • Half Marathon - 60:47 min (2004)


John Korir profile at IAAF