Shem Kororia

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Shem Kororia
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing  Kenya
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Gothenburg 5000 m

Shem Kororia (born 25 September 1972) is a former Kenyan long-distance runner who specialized in the 5000 metres and half marathon. He represented his native country at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. Kororia was the third man ever to run the half marathon within an hour, when he won the world half marathon title on October 1997 in Košice, Slovakia, clocking 59:56 minutes.

He won 5000 metres gold twice at the Military World Games: in 1995 and 1999.[1] He also won the Parelloop 10K in race in the Netherlands in 1997 and had back-to-back wins at the BOclassic in 1994–95.[2][3]

He also competed in cross country running events. He was twice a team gold medallist with Kenya at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships (1994 and 1997). On the major cross country meet circuit he had two wins at the Cross Internacional de la Constitución (1994 and 1995) and was the 1996 winner of both the Campaccio and the Cross Internacional de Venta de Baños races.[4][5][6]

He is from Kaptama in Mount Elgon District, the same village as Edith Masai.[7]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 5000 m
Military World Games Rome, Italy 1st 5000 m
1997 World Half Marathon Championships Košice, Slovakia 1st Half marathon
1998 World Half Marathon Championships Uster, Switzerland 10th Half marathon
1999 Military World Games Zagreb, Croatia 1st 5000 m

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ gbrathletics: Military World Games
  2. ^ List of Parelloop winners
  3. ^ Past Winners. BOclassic. Retrieved on 2010-01-03.
  4. ^ Civai, Franco & Lorange, Francois (2011-01-10). Campaccio Classica del Cross. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-01-12.
  5. ^ Podium Cross Internacional (List of medallists). Venta de Baños. Retrieved on 2009-12-27.
  6. ^ Cuadro de vencedores del Cross Internacional de la Constitución (Spanish). CAP-Alcobendas. Retrieved on 2010-12-10.
  7. ^ The Standard, October 14, 2008: Komon the mountain legion

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Paul Koech
Men's Half Marathon Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Paul Tergat