Name: Paul Chelimo
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 5,000-meter
Height: 5-9
DOB: 10/27/1990
Birthplace: Iten, Kenya
Hometown: Beaverton, Ore.
High School: Chebiemit Boys School (Chebiemit, Kenya) ‘09
College: University of North Carolina, Greensboro ‘13, Public Health
Team/Club: U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (2016, 2020); two-time Olympic medalist (1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, bronze (5,000-meter)
  • Olympic Games Rio 2016, silver (5,000-meter)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – 7th (5,000-meter)
  • Years of participation: Indoor – 2016; Outdoor – 2017, 2019
  • Medals: 1 (1 bronze)
  • Bronze – 2017 (5,000-meter)
Personal: Son of Gabriel Suter and Roselyne Cheruiyot...Has three brothers, Moses Kiptoo, Denis Chelimo and Alberto Chelimo, and one sister, Emmanuela Chelimo...Attained U.S. citizenship by joining the U.S. Army and the World Class Athlete Program in 2014...Is a Specialist in the U.S. Army...Came to the U.S. to run initially for Shorter College in 2010 before transferring to UNC-Greensboro in 2011...Named the Southern Conference Runner of the Year for the second straight season in 2012...Aspires to become a water treatment specialist in Kenya and establish a water treatment plant in his native country