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William Tanui

Full name: William Kiptarus Tanui
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: February 22, 1964 in Kemeloi, Nandi, Kenya
Country: KEN Kenya
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

William Tanui was a late bloomer, winning the 1,500 m at the 1989 Kenyan Commonwealth Games trials, only to finish sixth at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. In the same year he won the 800 m at the African Championships. At the 1991 World Indoor Championships, Tanui crossed the line first, but was disqualified for breaking from his lane too early. Tanui’s greatest moment came at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics when, in the 800 m final he stormed down the outside, finishing in lane three, to edge past his teammate [Nixon Kiprotich] for gold. Tanui was unable to repeat this form in his only appearance at a World Championships, at Stuttgart in 1993, finishing seventh. Tanui concentrated more on the 1,500 m in the latter part of his career, and finished fifth at that distance at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. At the World Indoor Championships, Tanui finished third in the 1,500 m in 1997, and fourth in 1999.

Personal Bests: 800 – 1:43.30 (1991); 1500 – 3:30.58 (1997).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Men's 800 metres Kenya KEN 1 Gold
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics Men's 1,500 metres Kenya KEN 5

Men's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Kenya Final 1 1:43.66 8
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Kenya Semi-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 1:46.59 4
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Kenya Round One Heat Four 1 QU 1:47.02 1

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics Kenya Final 5 3:37.42
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics Kenya Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QU 3:33.57
1996 Summer 32 Atlanta Athletics Kenya Round One Heat Four 2 QU 3:37.72
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