Wilfred Bungei

Wilfred Bungei

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Wilfred Bungei
Event sprints
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 64.00 kg
Nationality Kenyan
PR 800M: 1:43.34
Born July 24, 1980 (1980-07-24) (age 33)





Wilfred Kipkemboi Bungei (1980—) is a Kenyan middle distance runner, who won the 800 m gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.[1]

Bungei is from Kabirirsang, a village near Kapsabet. He is a second cousin to Kenyan-born Danish former athlete Wilson Kipketer. Bungei is based near Verona, Italy during track season. He is married to Priscah Bungei with two sons (as of 2008) [2].

Running career

He graduated from Samoei High School in 1998. Bungei's 1:47.53 at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics won a silver medal for 800m.

Bungei's 1:44.55 at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton, gained him the silver medal for 800m, finishing behind Andre Bucher. Bungei was ranked No.1 in the world over 800m in 2002 and 2003. In 2002 at Rieti, Bungei ran his personal best of 1:42.34, which made him the fifth fastest runner in the history of the event. Bungei represented his native country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

He also won the 800m at the 2006 World Indoor Championships in Athletics in Moscow where he defeated Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Olympic Champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy in the course of the race.

He was part of the 4x800 m relay team who currently holds the world record, running a 7:02.43 at Brussels, Belgium on August 26, 2006.

External links

References

  1. Phillips, Mitch; Ed Osmond. "Bungei wins 800 meters for Kenya", Reuters, 2008-08-23. Retrieved on 2008-08-24.
  2. The Standard, September 28, 2008: Olympic 800m champ Bungei, made Nandi warrior