James Kwambai

James Kwambai

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James Kwambai
Event marathon
Nationality Kenya
Born February 28, 1983
Current Residence Keiyo, Kenya
Coach Gabriele Rosa

James Kipsang Kwambai (1983-) is a Kenyan marathon runner.

Kwambai ran his first two marathons in 2006, where he won both the Brescia Marathon in 2:10:20 and Beijing Marathon in 2:10:36.[1] He also won the 2008 Saint Silvester Road Race.

He finished second at the 2008 Berlin Marathon, where Haile Gebrselassie set a new marathon world recod. Kwambai's time was 2:05:36, that made him the seventh fastest ever marathon runner at the time. At the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon, Kwambai again finished second (behind Duncan Kibet) in a time of 2:04:27, the third fastest ever marathon at the time.

Kwambai prefers road running over track and cross-country. His training partners include Robert K. Cheruiyot, Martin Lel, Sammy Korir and Fred Kiprop. Kwambai lives in Keiyo, Kenya but trains in Eldoret and Italy where he is coached by Gabriele Rosa and Claudio Berardelli.[2][3]

Contents

Career highlights

Marathons

Other races

  • 2002 Cassis International Classic (Marseille, 20.3km) - 1st (time 59:01, course record)[4]
  • 2003 Berlin Half Marathon - 3rd[5]
  • 2003 Udine Half Marathon - 1st[6]
  • 2003 San Blas Half Marathon - 2nd
  • 2004 Eldoret Half marathon - 3rd[7]
  • 2004 Udine Half Marathon - 1st (time 1:00.22, PB)[6]
  • 2004 San Blas Half Marathon - 2nd
  • 2005 Bogota Half Marathon - 1st
  • 2005 Rock ‘n' Roll Half Marathon (Virginia Beach, VA) - 2nd[8]
  • 2005 Rome-Ostia Half Marathon - 1st[2]
  • 2006 San Blas Half Marathon - 1st
  • 2006 Rock ‘n' Roll Half Marathon - 1st
  • 2006 San Blas Half Marathon - 2nd
  • 2006 Bogota Half Marathon - 2nd [9]
  • 2007 New York City Half-Marathon - 4th
  • 2008 Rock ‘n' Roll Half Marathon - 1st[10]
  • 2008 Rome-Ostia Half Marathon - 2nd (time 1:00.22, equals PB)[3]
  • 2008 Saint Silvester Road Race - 1st
  • 2009 San Blas Half Marathon - 1st

External links

References

  1. IAAF website, February 28, 2008: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot aiming at fourth consecutive Boston marathon title
  2. 2.0 2.1 IAAF website, February 28, 2005: Kwambai and Console run fast Half Marathons in Rome
  3. 3.0 3.1 IAAF website, February 28, 2008: Women’s course record goes at Rome-Ostia Half Marathon with 1:09 run
  4. IAAF website, October 29, 2002: Kwambai runs 59:01 Half (20.3km) in Marseille; Maria Abel wins with 2:26:58 in Frankfurt
  5. IAAF website, April 6, 2003: Strong winds and snow cannot stop Kenyan romp in Berlin Half Marathon
  6. 6.0 6.1 IAAF website, September 26, 2004: Kwambai repeats in Udine
  7. IAAF website, January 25, 2004: Cheboiboch well beaten in Eldoret
  8. IAAF website, September 5, 2005: Kidane makes successful debut, while Mwangi sets course record - Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
  9. IAAF website, July 31, 2008: Joseph and Ndereba win at the Bogota Half Marathon
  10. IAAF website, August 31, 2008: Kwambai and Masai win Rock ‘n' Roll Half Marathon