Leonard Essau Korir is a Kenyan-born American long-distance runner who competes over distances from 5000 meters to the marathon. He was twice NCAA champion, winning an indoor 5000 m title and outdoor 10,000 meters title in 2011 for the Iona Gaels.
Leonard Korir: Korir Runner, Height, Biography, Country, Training
The day before the Amsterdam Marathon on October 20, Leonard Korir, 32, was faced with a decision.
During the technical meeting for the elite field, Korir and his coaches learned that the pacemakers planned to lead the field in two groups: 2:06 pace and 2:14 pace. With no experience in racing the marathon distance, the 2016 Olympic 10,000-meter finalist could only estimate from his training that he was fit enough to run between 2:09 and 2:10.
He is the oldest of six children, including three sisters and two brothers…Born in Kenya and moved to the United States in September 2009…Upon arrival in the U.S., he only knew a few English phrases and carried one suitcase…Began running competitively at age 20 and called fellow 2016 U.S. Olympic teammate, Galen Rupp, his hero…Competed in both cross-country, and track and field at Iona College…Eight-time NCAA All-American.
Leonard Essau Korir (born December 10, 1986) is a Kenyan-born American long-distance runner who competes over distances from 5000 meters to the marathon. He was twice NCAA champion, winning an indoor 5000 m title and outdoor 10,000 meters title in 2011 for the Iona Gaels. He gained United States citizenship and began competing for his adoptive nation in 2016.
|Born||December 10, 1986|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lb)|
Leonard started running in 2008, while still in high school in Kenya. He found inspiration in world-renowned Kenyan runners like Paul Tergat. “I liked their work ethic and how they trained hard every day,” Leonard says. He ran cross country and track for Iona College, and enlisted in the Army in 2015.
Leonard didn’t rest after graduating basic training. He instead launched into a grueling training schedule to prepare for the Olympics – and made the Olympic team. Since then, the Olympian has continued to see his personal bests get better and better.