Mbarak Hussein

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Mbarak Kipkorir Hussein (born 4 April 1965) is a Kenyan athlete who specialises in long distance running, including the marathon. Having been a resident of Albuquerque since 1987, he obtained United States citizenship in 2004 and began representing the US internationally in 2007.


A native of Kapsabet, near Eldoret, Kenya,[1] he was a late comer to competitive running but he was inspired by the feats of his older brother, Ibrahim Hussein, who is a three-time Boston Marathon winner. Mbarak began his career as a middle distance runner, winning junior titles in track and cross country running, and also winning titles in the 800 and 1500 meters while at Lubbock Christian University.[2] However, Hussein's greatest achievements came after the age of 30, when he began to focus on road running.

Following in the footsteps of his brother, he won the Honolulu Marathon, winning the 1998 race with a time of 2:14:53. He returned the following year but managed only third position, although a second-place finish at the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon saw him improve his best time by over four minutes. A sole third place in Honolulu was the highlight of 2000, but the following year he competed in the Boston Marathon for the first time, finishing fifth. In 2001, he won the Stride for Pride 5K, the Duke City 5K, the Long Beach Half-Marathon, and he closed the year with a second win at the Honolulu Marathon.[3] Multiple victories also highlighted 2002: he finished in first place at America’s Finest City Half-Marathon, took the inaugural marathon title at the JoongAng Seoul Marathon, and won in Honolulu for a third time.[4]

He finished fourth at the Seoul International Marathon and second in Honolulu in 2003, but he rebounded in 2004 by setting a personal best of 2:08:10 for third at the Dong-A Marathon and again taking third in South Korea with a fast time at the JoongAng Marathon.[2] Following his successful application for US citizenship, he competed in his first American national marathon championships, held at the Twin Cities Marathon, and he won two years running in 2005 and 2006. He became eligible to compete internationally for his adopted country the year after and he took part in the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. In the world championship marathon final, he finished in 21st place with 2:23:04; his time was hampered by difficult weather conditions in Osaka but he was the United States' strongest performer in the race and headed the American team to fourth place in the Marathon World Cup.[5] He now coaches Sandia High School Cross-Country and Track and Field in Albuquerque.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece Marathon DNF
1998 Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii 1st Marathon 2:14:53
2001 Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii 1st Marathon 2:15:09
2002 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 4th Marathon 2:09:45
Honolulu Marathon Honolulu, Hawaii 1st Marathon 2:12:29
2005 Twin Cities Marathon Minneapolis, United States 1st Marathon 2:18:28
2006 Twin Cities Marathon Minneapolis, United States 1st Marathon 2:13:51
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 21st Marathon 2:23:04

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (h:m:s) Venue Date
Half marathon 1:01:27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States September 17, 2000
Marathon 2:08:10 Seoul, South Korea March 14, 2004
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


  1. ^ Burfoot, Amby (2007-10-26). At age 42, Mbarak Hussein is still a force to be reckoned with. Runners World. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.
  2. ^ a b Beck, Kevin (2005-10-19). Interview: Mbarak Hussein. Men's Racing. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.
  3. ^ Mbarek Hussein Biography. Boston Marathon (2001). Retrieved on 2009-11-08.
  4. ^ Mbarak Hussein Biography. USATF. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.
  5. ^ Biography Hussein Mbarak Kipkorir. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-08.

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