When you mention the name Korir Emmanuel Kipkurui, many Kenyans will basically tell you that he is the Kenyan Olympic gold medalist in the 800m race at the Tokyo Olympics, but that is not all. Korir has more amazing facts that Kenyans didn’t know.
The 26-year old was born and grew up in the Iten areas of the rift valley region. Korir went to the same school as David Rudisha attended. As we all know, Rudisha is the world and Olympic holder of the 800m and, up to the moment, Rudisha still holds the record. Maybe this was the best motivator for Korir that enabled him to win the race.
Emmanuel Korir is a current resident of El Paso (Texas City) in the United States of America (USA). Apart from athletics, Korir is also a student pursuing Human Movement Studies at the University of Texas in the United States of America. While at his university, Emmanuel became the first athlete to represent the University of Texas and win national titles in 800m back to back, both indoor and outdoor. This is according to a utepminers.com report on January 1st 2018.
Korir also became the first man who managed to run sub 44.25s in 400m and sub-1:44 in 800m. In 2016, he was recruited to go and study at the University of Texas by Paul Ereng, a Kenyan born coach. This was the time he shifted from 400m to 800m.
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