Laban Korir

Laban Korir

Athelete of Global Sports Communication

Date of Birth 30 June 1985
Country Kenya
Distance(s) Marathon
Sponsor Nike

Personal best

Marathon 2:06:05 2011

Biography

Korir, who rightly describes his marathon debut as the best achievement of his career so far, went to number three on the all-time charts for debutants when he finished second in Amsterdam in 2011. His has been a natural transition on the road, concentrating on 10km and the half marathon for his first international appearances since 2008. Going into the Amsterdam race with a half marathon best of 61:03 for sixth in the Berlin Half Marathon earlier in 2011, he was primed for a good performance yet the marathon can be a cruel teacher – Korir passed the test with high credit. He has run five marathons since, experiencing Boston and tough weather conditions in 2012 to finish sixth in 2:15:29. Five months later he clocked 2:09:52 in Chicago for 11th place. Having been to the fore in the first half, he then dropped off the pace but Korir has shown himself a good student of this demanding discipline so far. After a disappointing Dubai marathon, Laban came back strongly by running 2:08 for fifth place in Hamburg. In the fall he travelled for the first time to Canada to compete in the Toronto marathon. He found himself in fourth position after 30k but he did not give up and managed to speed up and overtook his colleagues at km 38. He kept on going and claimed his first victory!

Most significant results

2015 Paris Marathon 6th 2:07:54
2014 Toronto Marathon 1st 2:08:15
2014 Hamburg Marathon 5th 2:08:04
2014 Dubai Marathon 18th 2:14:13
2012 Ivry-sur-Seine Half Marathon 4th 61:26
2012 Rome-Ostia Half Marathon 5th 60:38
2012 Chicago Marathon 11th 2:09:52
2011 Amsterdam Marathon 2nd 2:06:05
2010 Berlin Half Marathon 6th 61:03