Related Olympians: Brother of Jonah Birir.
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Matthew Birir started running when he attended the famous St. Patrick's High School in Iten, from which many great Kenyan runners have risen. At the Barcelona Olympics the main favorite was Patrick Sang. At the Olympic final it was soon clear that all the medals were going to Kenya. On the final lap the 20-year-old Birir outsprinted his older countryman Sang to win gold by 0.69 seconds. At the 1993 World Championships Birir was beaten to fourth by Italian Alessandro Lambruschini, who repeated this feat three years later at the 1996 Summer Olympics, so Birir had to settle again for fourth place.
Personal Best: 3000S – 8:08.12 (1995).
|1992 Summer||20||Barcelona||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||Kenya||KEN||1||Gold|
|1996 Summer||24||Atlanta||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||Kenya||KEN||4|
|1992 Summer||20||Barcelona||Athletics||Kenya||Semi-Finals||Heat One||1||QU||8:25.55|
|1992 Summer||20||Barcelona||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat Two||1||QU||8:23.22|
|1996 Summer||24||Atlanta||Athletics||Kenya||Semi-Finals||Heat One||2||QU||8:27.16|
|1996 Summer||24||Atlanta||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat Two||2||QU||8:27.09|