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Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (born September 11, 1983) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in cross-country and track. She competed for Kenya at the Summer Olympics in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016, winning a silver medal in the 5000 m and a bronze medal in the 10000 m in 2012, a silver medal in the 10000 m and a gold medal in the 5000 m in 2016, and a silver medal in the 10000 m and a gold medal in the 5000 m in 2016, setting the new Olympic record in the 5000 m event. Cheruiyot won a silver medal in the 5000 meters at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, then went on to win the event in the 2009 World Championships. She repeated the feat at the 2011 World Championships, when she also won the 10000 meters.
She won a series of outdoor medals in 2010 after claiming silver at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, including African champion, Commonwealth Games champion, and IAAF Continental Cup champion, as well as the 2010 IAAF Diamond League title. With a best time of 29:32.53 made at the 2016 Rio Olympics, she holds the Kenyan and Commonwealth records for the 10,000m. Her breakthrough year was 1999, when she won the junior silver medal behind Werknesh Kidane at the 1999 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She took bronze in the 3000 meters at the 1999 World Youth Athletics Championships. She was called up to the senior team for the 1999 All-Africa Games, where she won bronze in the 5000 meters.
Ibrahim Kipkemboi Hussein (born June 3, 1958 in Kapsabet, Rift Valley) is a retired Kenyan long-distance runner who won the Boston Marathon three times in 1988, 1991, and 1992. He was also the first Kenyan to win the New York City Marathon in 1987, as well as a number of other marathons throughout his career. He and his wife, Zainab Ibrahim, are both University of New Mexico graduates in Albuquerque, NM. Ibrahim Hussein is one of many athletes inducted into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame. Hussein, Farida, Hadija, Jamal, and Warda are the couple's five children. Ibrahim Hussein was the first Kenyan (and the first African) to win the Boston Marathon, setting a world record and inspiring publications. Kenyans have dominated Boston since his 1988 victory, winning the race every year with only nine exceptions since 1988. Since 1988, only South Korean Lee Bong-Ju, Italian Gelindo Bordin, and Japanese Yuki Kawauchi have won Boston.
He is now retired and the owner of Amedo Center, an apartment complex with a restaurant, pool, and electronics store. in Eldoret, Kenya, as well as a variety of other Kenyan properties. He also offers a training camp for young Kenyan athletes who have the opportunity to compete against elite competitors. He was the chairman of the North Rift branch of Athletics Kenya. After John Velzian's retirement, he currently holds one of only nine offices in the globe at the Regional Development Center in Nairobi. He represents English-speaking countries in Africa and holds one of the most prominent positions within the International Association of Athletics Association (IAAF), an athletic federation that governs the sport of athletics. His victory in Boston in 1988 came down to a picture finish with Juma Ikangaa. Hussein beat Ikangaa by a fraction of a second. Until that time, the Boston Marathon finish had been the closest it had ever been. In 2000, when Elijah Lagat won, the race was much closer. Ikangaa would come second in the following two Boston Marathons, but never win one. Mbarak Hussein, a naturalized US citizen who is an exceptional Master's marathoner in his own right and has two top five finishes in Boston, is his older brother (fifth in 2001 and fourth in 2002.) Hussein is a University of New Mexico and St. Patrick's High School (Iten, Kenya) graduate (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA).