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Matthew Birir

Full name: Matthew Kiprotich Birir
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: July 5, 1972 in Eldama Ravine, Baringo, Kenya
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Jonah Birir.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Matthew Birir started running when he attended the famous St. Patrick’s High School in Iten, where many great Kenyan runners went to school. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the main favorite in the steeplechase was [Patrick Sang]. Early in the Olympic final, it was clear that Kenya would sweep the medals. On the final lap, the 20-year-old Birir outsprinted his older countryman Sang to win gold, 0.69 seconds ahead of latter. 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, with Birir again placing fourth. Birir was ranked in the world top 10 five times between 1992-97, with a top ranking of #2 in 1992.

Personal Best: 3000S – 8:08.12 (1995).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1992 Summer 20 Barcelona Athletics Kenya Final 1 8:08.84
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 Final 4 8:17.18
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
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