Abel Kirui

Abel Kirui

Athlete of Global Sports Communications

Date of Birth 06 April 1982
Country Kenya
Distance(s) Marathon
Sponsor Nike

Personal best(s)

Half Marathon 60:11 2007
Marathon 2:05:04 2009


Abel Kirui is an enthusiastic and cheerful male long-distance runner from Kenya. He is a popular marathon athlete because of his achievements and his nice personality. Abel started running while he was in Samitui Primary School. After high school, Kirui entered a recruitment race by Administration Police (AP), the winner of such race would be recruited by AP. Kirui won the race and subsequently joined AP, starting serious training only after then. He entered the 2006 Berlin Marathon as a pacemaker, but finished the race 9th. in 2007 he returned to the Berlin Marathon and he finished second behind Haile Gebrselassie who set a new marathon world record.

He finished third in the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon and ran a new personal best of 2:05:04. In the same year he won gold over his teammate Emmanuel Mutai who took silver at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Two years later, he showed that he always performs well at championships by winning the gold medal again. At the 2012 Olympic Games Abel Kirui finished second behind the Ugandan athlete Stephen Kiprotich.

Most significant results

2015 Amsterdam Marathon 6th 2:09:45
2014 Tokyo Marathon 10th 2:09:04
2012 Olympic Marathon London 2nd 2:08:27
2012 London Marathon 6th 2:07:56
2012 Barcelona Half Marathon 1st 1:00:28
2011 World Championships Daegu 1st 2:07:38
2010 London Marathon 5th 2:08:04
2009 World Championships Berlin 1st 2:06:54
2009 Rotterdam Marathon 3rd 2:05:04
2008 Vienna Marathon 1st 2:07:38
2007 Berlin Marathon 2nd 2:06:51