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John Kibet Koech
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John Kibet Koech
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing Bahrain
Asian Athletics Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Wuhan 3000 m s'chase
John Kibet Koech (born 23 August 1995) is a Kenyan-born long-distance runner who competes internationally for Bahrain. He specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase and was the winner of the event at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships. His personal best is 8:14.75 minutes, set in 2015.

Koech first began competing at national level in the steeplechase in 2012, running at the national junior championships. He also acted as pacemaker at the Herculis meeting that year.[1] The following year he won at the Kenyan Athletics Championships, but placed tenth at the national trial event for the 2013 World Championships in Athletics. His best performance of the year was a personal best of 8:16.96 minutes at the DN Galan, where he placed sixth – this time ranked him twentieth in the world for the event that season.[2]

Koech switched his international eligibility to Bahrain in September 2013. In the 2014 season he competed extensively on the track and field circuit. He was runner-up to Jacob Araptany at the Golden Grand Prix in Japan,[3] then had a season's best of 8:19.99 minutes in Bydgoszcz, which ultimately placed him in the top-25 in the year's world lists, as well as second in the world junior category lists.[4][5] On the 2014 IAAF Diamond League circuit he was tenth at the Athletissima meeting and 13th at the Herculis meeting.[6] As the second highest ranked Asian runner, after Abubaker Ali Kamal of Qatar (another Kenyan emigrant), he was selected to represent the region at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup, where he placed fifth.[7]

At the 2015 Arab Athletics Championships, held in Bahrain, he missed out on a steeplechase medal behind African opposition, taking fourth.[8] A month later at the IAAF World Challenge Beijing he gave a stronger performance with a personal best of 8:14.75 minutes for third place.[9] His first major title followed shortly after at the 2015 Asian Athletics Championships where he was the steeplechase gold medallist, succeeding his compatriot and fellow former Kenyan Tareq Mubarak Taher.[10]

International competitions[edit]
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2014 IAAF Continental Cup Marrakech, Morocco 5th 3000 m s'chase 8:28.96
2015 Arab Championships Isa Town, Bahrain 4th 3000 m s'chase 8:31.35
Asian Championships Wuhan, China 1st 3000 m s'chase 8:27.03
World Championships Beijing, China 15th (h) 3000 m s'chase 8:38.62
Jump up ^ John Kibet Koech. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-06.
Jump up ^ 3000 Metres Steeplechase - men - senior - outdoor - 2013. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-06.
Jump up ^ Back-to-back wins for Gatlin. The Hindu (2014-05-12). Retrieved on 2015-06-06.
Jump up ^ 3000 Metres Steeplechase - men - senior - outdoor - 2014. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-06.
Jump up ^ 3000 Metres Steeplechase - men - junior - outdoor - 2014. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-06.
Jump up ^ Athletics - John Kibet KOECH. The Sports. Retrieved on 2015-06-06.
Jump up ^ John Kibet Koech. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-06-06.
Jump up ^ ALGÉRIE AU 19 EME. CHAMPIONNAT PANARABES D’ATHLÉTISME BAHREÏN / MANAMA 24 - 27/04/2015. Algeria Athletics Stats. Retrieved on 2015-05-04.
Jump up ^ Ayodi, Ayumba (2015-05-20). Kipketer, Ndiku reign supreme in Beijing. The Daily Nation. Retrieved on 2015-06-06.
Jump up ^ Vikas Gowda, Lalita Win Gold at Asian Athletics Championships. NDTV Sports (2015-05-06). Retrieved on 2015-06-06.
External links[edit]
John Kibet Koech profile at IAAF
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Asian Athletics Champions in men's 3000 metres steeplechase
1973: Takaharu Koyama (JPN) 1975: Harbeil Singh (IND) 1979–81: Masanari Shintaku (JPN) 1983: Hwang Wen-Cheng (TPE) 1985: Shigeyuki Aikyo (JPN) 1987: Masashi Otokita (JPN) 1989: Deena Ram (IND) 1991: Hamid Sadjadi Hezaveh (IRI) 1993–1998: Saad Al-Asmari (KSA) 2000–2003: Khamis Abdullah Saifeldin (QAT) 2005: Musa Amer Obaid (QAT) 2007: Ali Al-Amri (KSA) 2009: Tareq Mubarak Taher (BHR) 2011: Abubaker Ali Kamal (QAT) 2013: Tareq Mubarak Taher (BHR) 2015: John Kibet Koech (BHR)
Categories: Living people1995 birthsKenyan steeplechase runnersBahraini steeplechase runnersMale steeplechase runnersKenyan long-distance runnersBahraini long-distance runnersMale long-distance runnersKenyan sportsmenBahraini sportsmenKenyan emigrants to BahrainWorld Championships in Athletics athletes for Bahrain

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