Lonah Chemtai Salpeter
Chemtai in 2018
|Full name||Lonah Korlima Chemtai|
|Born||December 12, 1988|
|Residence||Moshav Yanuv, Israel|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||52 kg (115 lb)|
|Event(s)||Marathon, 10,000 meters, 5,000 meters|
|Coached by||Dan Salpeter|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||Marathon: 2:19:45|
|Updated on 6 August 2016.|
Lonah Korlima Chemtai (born December 12, 1988) is a Kenyan-Israeli runner. She competed in the marathon at the 2016 Summer Olympics, and won the 10,000 meters European Championship in 2018.
Early and personal life
Chemtai was born in Kenya, a member of the tribe of Kalenjin, and grew up in a village in West Pokot County in western Kenya. She came to Israel in 2008, as a nanny for the children of Kenya's Ambassador to Israel.
Chemtai met Israeli running coach Dan Salpeter, and the two fell in love, and married in 2014. The couple's son, Roy, was born in December 2014. The family lives in moshav Yanuv, in central Israel. Chemtai was granted Israeli citizenship in March 2016, eight years after she began living in Israel, a few days before the cut-off to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
Chemtai competed for Israel at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the marathon. By the 30th kilometer, her time put her in the top half of the runners, ranking her approximately 90th. She left the race at the 33rd kilometer. She explained on Facebook: “Unfortunately, I was forced to stop by a shoulder problem. As you all know, I’m still nursing my 20-month-old son. During my training in Kenya, I tried to stop, but it caused me pain and a shoulder problem due to running with breasts full of milk. This limited me in the European championships in Amsterdam (a half-marathon) and happened again today. I promise to attain respectable achievements in the future and am going forward with head held high.”
On August 8, 2018, Chemtai won the 10,000 meters 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin. On August 12, 2018, Chemtai stopped a lap early in the final of the 5,000 meters 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin, depriving her of a medal.
On 25 November, 2018, she won the Florence Marathon, setting an Israeli record and course record of 2:24:17.
On May 5, 2019 she won the Prague Marathon in a course record 2:19:45 time, clocking the 24th best time for women in that distance in history.
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