Wilson Waigwa

Wilson Waigwa

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Wilson Waigwa
Height 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight 141 lbs (64 kg)
Nationality Kenya
PR 5000 - 13.20.36 (1980)
Born February 15, 1949
College UTEP

Wilson Waigwa (1949-) is a Kenyan runner.

Waigwa competed with the UTEP men's track & field team from 1973-77. During his career, the Waigwa claimed 10 All-America certificates. He helped UTEP win the 1976 NCAA Indoor Championship by running with the distance medley relay unit that topped the field. He won the mile at the 1977 NCAA Indoor Championship and grabbed the 1,500 title during the outdoor season. Thirty years later, Waigwa still holds UTEP records for the indoor 1,000m, mile and distance medley relay, as well as the outdoor four-mile relay. Waigwa won WAC Championship events 16 times. His efforts helped lead the Miners to seven WAC titles, three outdoors and four indoors.

1272930.jpeg In 1978, he finished third in the Wanamaker Mile in 3:59.4. In 1979, he finished second there in 3:56.3.

He finished 10th in the final of the 5000m in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

In 1989, Waigwa won the M40 1500m at the World Masters Championships in 3:49.47 (which ranks 8th fastest on the all-time 40M list)[1] and the M40 5000m in 14:26.43. In 1991, Waigwa was top master and 14th overall in the Lilac Bloomsday Run 12K.

He was inducted into the UTEP Hall of Fame in 2006.[2]

Waigwa is the uncle of Kenyan marathon runner Douglas Wakiihuri.


  1. http://www.mastersathletics.net/1500-metres-Men-All-Time-Masters-Athle.370.0.html Retrieved 2009-04-15
  2. http://utepathletics.cstv.com/genrel/080907aab.html Retrieved 2009-04-15.