Full name: Julius Kariuki
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: June 12, 1961 in Nyahururu, Laikipia, Kenya
Affiliations: Mission Viejo Club (USA)
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Julius Kariukiâs athletic career started slowly. He made his international dÃ©but at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where he finished seventh in the 3,000 m steeplechase. The following year, Kariuki won the steeplechase at the African Championships, and then followed that up with a victory in a slow race at the IAAF World Cup. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Kariuki was considered the third-string Kenyan runner, but in the final, Kariuki and his teammate [Peter Koech] broke clear, and a lap later, Kariuki sped away to win the gold medal.
In 1989, Kariuki won the 10,000 m at the Universiade and defended his steeplechase title at the World Cup. In 1990, he won gold easily at the Commonwealth Games and finished fourth at the 1981 World Championships. Kariuki remained one of the worldâs top steeplechasers for several more years, but due to the dominant Kenyan steeplechasers, he never again competed at a major international.
Personal Best: 3000S â 8:05.51 (1988).
|1984 Summer||23||Los Angeles||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||Kenya||KEN||7|
|1988 Summer||27||Seoul||Athletics||Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase||Kenya||KEN||1||Gold||OR|
|1984 Summer||23||Los Angeles||Athletics||Kenya||Final||7||8:17.47|
|1984 Summer||23||Los Angeles||Athletics||Kenya||Semi-Finals||Heat One||6||QC||8:21.07|
|1984 Summer||23||Los Angeles||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat Three||1||QU||8:19.45|
|1988 Summer||27||Seoul||Athletics||Kenya||Semi-Finals||Heat Two||4||QU||8:18.53|
|1988 Summer||27||Seoul||Athletics||Kenya||Round One||Heat Two||2||QU||8:33.42|