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Julius Kariuki

Full name: Julius Kariuki
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: June 12, 1961 in Nyahururu, Laikipia, Kenya
Affiliations: Mission Viejo Club (USA)
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Julius Kariuki’s athletic career started slowly. He made his international début 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 world’s top steeplechasers for several more years, but due to the dominant Kenyan steeplechasers, he never again competed at a major international.

Personal Best: 3000S – 8:05.51 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
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

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
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 Final 1 OR 8:05.51
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
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