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Abel Kirui (born 4 June 1982) is a male long-distance runner from Kenya Abel Kirui
who competes in marathons. He had back-to-back wins in the World
Championships Marathon in 2009 and 2011. He won in 2009 with a time of
2:06:54, then defended his title with a winning margin of two minutes and 28
seconds – the largest ever margin at the World Championship event.
He has also won the Vienna Marathon and was runner-up at the 2007 Berlin
Kirui started running while in Samitui Primary School. After high school, the
jobless Kirui entered a recruitment race by Administration Police (AP) the
Abel Kirui en-route to his World Championship
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.
Born April 6, 1982 (age 30)
He won the 2008 edition of the
Vienna Marathon setting a new
course record of 2:07:38. He set his Country Kenya
personal best (2:06:51) in the Sport Athletics
classic distance on 30 September
2007 at the Berlin Marathon, where
he finished second after Haile
Gebrselassie, who set a new
marathon world record. The time Silver 2012 London Marathon
made Kirui the sixth fastest World Championships
marathoner in 2007. Gold 2011 Daegu Marathon
Gold 2009 Berlin Marathon
He finished third in the 2009
Rotterdam Marathon 2:05:04 after
fellow Kenyans Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai,  making him the sixth fastest
Kirui tops the podium after setting a course
He also won the Paderborn Half-Marathon in 2007. On 22 August 2009 he took
record at the Vienna Marathon
gold over his teammate Emmanuel Mutai who took silver at the 2009 World
Championships in Athletics in Berlin at a record time of 2:06:54.
After the 2009 World Championships, Kirui had many unsuccessful attempts to show the dominance he had shown in his
Berlin race: he finished in fifth place at the 2010 London Marathon then failed to finish at the 2011 race. Kirui ran at the
Prefontaine Classic track 25K/30K mixed race, hoping to set a new 25k track record. Although he just managed to dip under
the previous world record time for the track 25K, he was well beaten by fellow Kenyan and teammate Moses Mosop, who
broke both 25K and 30K world records.
He was given the wildcard spot on the Kenyan marathon team as the defending champion at the 2011 World Championships
in Athletics. Kirui ran 2:07:38 hours beating out fellow countryman Vincent Kipruto and Ethopian Feyisa Lilesa. This made
Kirui the third man to defend the marathon world title, following in the steps of Abel Antón and Jaouad Gharib.  He ran over
10 miles at the Great South Run in October and finished as runner-up to Leonard Komon. 
Kirui lives at Nabkoi, 2 km east of Kapsabet town. He is married to Stella Jemeli with a son (born 2008). He is coached by
Renato Canova (as of 2011). Marathon runner Mike Rotich is his uncle.
1. ^ a b IAAF, August 22, 2009: Kirui following Gebrselassie's Berlin example
2. ^ IAAF, 5 April 2009: Kibet edges Kwambai as both clock 2:04:27 – Rotterdam Marathon report
3. ^ "Kirui leads home Kenyan 1–2 in men's marathon" . Reuters. 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
4. ^ Martin, David (2011-06-04). Mosop rips apart World records for 25,000 and 30,000m in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League .
IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
5. ^ Martin, David (2011-09-04). Men's Marathon - Final - With runaway victory, Kirui becomes third man to defend title . IAAF.
Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
6. ^ Martin, David (2011-10-30). Komon and Mergia take convincing victories in Portsmouth . IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-30.
7. ^ The Standard, 27 August 2009: Kirui takes medal home, met by jubilant admirers
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V · T· E· World Champions in Men's Marathon
1983: Robert de Castella (AUS) · 1987: Douglas Wakiihuri (KEN) · 1991: Hiromi Taniguchi (JPN) · 1993: Mark Plaatjes (USA) ·
1995: Martín Fiz (ESP) · 1997: Abel Antón (ESP) · 1999: Abel Antón (ESP) · 2001: Gezahegne Abera (ETH) · 2003: Jaouad Gharib (MAR) ·
2005: Jaouad Gharib (MAR) · 2007: Luke Kibet (KEN) · 2009: Abel Kirui (KEN) · 2011: Abel Kirui (KEN) ·
V · T· E· Vienna Men's Marathon Winners
1984: Antoni Niemczak (POL) · 1985 – 1987: Gerhard Hartmann (AUT) · 1988: Mirko Vindiš (YUG) · 1989: Alfredo Shahanga (TAN) ·
1990: Gidamis Shahanga (TAN) · 1991 – 1992: Karel David (TCH) · 1993: Carlos Patrício (POR) · 1994: Joaquim Silva (POR) ·
1995: Piotr Prusik (POL) · 1996: Dube Jillo (ETH) · 1997: Hussein Ahmed Salah (DJI) · 1998: Moges Taye (ETH) · 1999: Andrew Eyapan (KEN) ·
2000: Willy Cheruiyot Kipkirui (KEN) · 2001: Luís Novo (POR) · 2002: Moses Tanui (KEN) · 2003: Joseph Chebet (KEN) ·
2004: Samson Kandie (KEN) · 2005: Mubarak Hassan Shami (QAT) · 2006: Lahoussine Mrikik (MAR) · 2007: Luke Kibet (KEN) ·
2008: Abel Kirui (KEN) · 2009: Gilbert Kirwa (KEN) · 2010: Henry Sugut (KEN) · 2011: John Kiprotich (KEN) · 2012: Henry Sugut (KEN) ·
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