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Paul Ereng

Full name: Paul Ereng
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)
Born: August 22, 1967 in Kitale, Trans-Nzoia, Kenya
Affiliations: Virginia Cavaliers, Charlottesville (USA)
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Paul Ereng started as a promising 400 runner but after enrolling at the University of Virginia, Ereng moved up to 800 metres in early 1988. Ereng won the 1988 NCAA 800 m title, defending that title in 1989, but at the Kenyan Olympic trials, he barely made the Olympic team, finishing third. Not considered among the favorites in Seoul, Ereng surprised when he surged past three runners on the final straight to win the gold medal.

At the 1989 World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Ereng produced a devastating finish to win the gold medal in a world indoor record of 1:44.84. In 1991, Ereng retained his world indoor title at Seville, but was only fourth at the Tokyo World Championships. Ereng never again posed a major threat in major international championships, and was eliminated in the semi-finals at the 1992 Olympics. Ereng graduated from Virginia in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and later worked as an athletics coach at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

Personal Bests: 400 – 45.6 (1987); 800 – 1:43.16 (1989).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Men's 800 metres Kenya KEN 1 Gold
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay Kenya KEN 8
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Men's 800 metres Kenya KEN 8 h2 r2/3

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Kenya Final 1 1:43.45 4
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Kenya Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 1:44.55 1
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Kenya Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 1:46.38 5
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Kenya Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 1:46.14 3
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Kenya Semi-Finals Heat Two 8 1:49.90 4
1992 Summer 24 Barcelona Athletics Kenya Round One Heat Five 4 QC 1:46.65 3

Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Kenya KEN Final 8 3:04.69 47,00
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Kenya KEN Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 3:03.24
1988 Summer 21 Seoul Athletics Kenya KEN Round One Heat Three 2 QU 3:05.21
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