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Richard Chelimo

Full name: Richard Chelimo
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: April 21, 1973 in Chesubet, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kenya
Died: August 15, 2001
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Cousin of Moses Kiptanui; Brother-in-law of Vivian Cheruiyot; Brother-in-law of Rose Cheruiyot.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


In 1992, Richard Chelimo was briefly Olympic Champion, but he never received a gold medal. A silver medallist at the 1991 World Championships, he fought a long battle with Moroccan [Khalid Skah]. Skah won the duel, but only after another Moroccan runner, [Hammou Boutayeb] had interfered with Chelimo several times when they lapped him. Although he declined accusations of unfair teamwork, winner Skah was disqualified shortly after the finish. A Moroccan appeal proved successful, as the IAAF rules did not provide for a case like this, and the board of appeal overturned the disqualification. Skah and Chelimo received their medals amidst boos of the Barcelona crowd, and the IAAF amended the regulations to prevent a repeat of the incident. The next year, Chelimo broke the 10,000 metres World Record in July 1993, but lost it to a compatriot five days later. At the 1993 World Championships, he finished third, his last major international result. He died young, of a brain tumour.

Personal Best: 10000 – 27:07.91 (1993).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Kenya KEN 2 Silver

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Kenya Final 2 27:47.72
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Kenya Round One Heat One 5 QU 28:16.39
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