Wilfred Bungei

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Wilfred Bungei
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Personal information
Birth nameWilfred Kipkemboi Bungei
Nationality Kenya
Born (1980-07-24) 24 July 1980 (age 42)
Kabirirsang, Kenya
SportTrack and field
Event(s)800 metres

Wilfred Kipkemboi Bungei (born 24 July 1980) is a Kenyan retired Middle-distance runner, who won the 800 m gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[1] He also won at the World indoor Championships in Moscow 2006 the 800 metres title, defeating Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Olympic Champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy in the course of the race.[citation needed]


Bungei was ranked No.1 in the world over 800 m in 2002 and 2003. He has a personal best of 1:42.34 minutes (Rieti 2002). At the 2001 World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton he won a silver medal over 800 m, finishing behind Andre Bucher.[citation needed]

While in school, he focused on sprints and decathlon, before concentrating on 800 metres running.[2] He graduated from Samoei High School in 1998. At the 1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics he won a silver medal. Bungei represented his native country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Bungei is from Kabirirsang, a village near Kapsabet. Several of his relatives are runners, including his brother Sammy Kurgat, who won the 2008 Cologne Marathon. He is a second cousin to Kenyan-born Danish former athlete Wilson Kipketer, while his mum is a cousin of Henry Rono.[2]

Bungei is based near Verona, Italy during track season. He is married to Priscah Bungei with two sons (as of 2008).[3]

He was part of the 4 x 800 metres relay team who currently holds the world record.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Phillips, Mitch; Ed Osmond (23 August 2008). "Bungei wins 800 meters for Kenya". Reuters. Retrieved 24 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b Daily Nation, January 23, 2011: Bungei, another jewel from the Kabirirsang factory
  3. ^ The Standard, 28 September 2008: Olympic 800m champ Bungei, made Nandi warrior

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