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Erick Wainaina

Erick Wainaina (born December 19, 1973 in Nyahururu) is a Kenyan marathon runner, who won an Olympic bronze medal in 1996 and a silver medal in 2000. He finished seventh in the 2004 Summer Olympics marathon in Athens, making him one of the few athletes in Olympic history to finish in the top 10 at three separate marathons.

Wainaina ran in the marathon at the 1995 World Championships and finished in 18th place. He missed the 1999 World Championships due to injury.[1] Wainaina frequently competed in Japanese races: he is a two-time winner of the Tokyo International Marathon, having taken the title in both 1995 and 2002. He has won the Hokkaido Marathon on three separate occasions and he also won the 2003 edition of the Nagano Marathon.

Wainaina is still active, if not in much limelight. He finished 13th at the 2008 Nagano Marathon.[2] Two years later he participated in the Nagano Marathon again, finishing 10th.[3]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
1994 Hokkaido Marathon Sapporo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:15:03
1995 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:10:31
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 18th Marathon 2:19:53
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 3rd Marathon 2:12:44
1997 Hokkaido Marathon Sapporo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:13:45
2000 Nagano Marathon Nagano, Japan 1st Marathon 2:10:17
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 2nd Marathon 2:10:31
2002 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:08:43
2003 Nagano Marathon Nagano, Japan 1st Marathon 2:12:00
Hokkaido Marathon Sapporo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:13:13
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 7th Marathon 2:13:30


  1. ^ Daily Nation, August 24, 1999: Sole Kenyan in marathon 'worried'
  2. ^ IAAF, April 20, 2008: Kinyanjui, Ivanova, defend in Nagano
  3. ^ IAAF, Apr 18, 2010: Chelimo and Weightman take Nagano Marathon titles

External links

  • Erick Wainaina profile at IAAF
  • Marathoninfo profile

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