The Olympic games are one of the best ways of bringing countries together. It is also an opportunity for athletes to represent their love for the country. Olympics is sacred for native athletes. And it also holds the same meaning for the immigrant athletes, who call the country they are residing in their second home. One of these immigrant athletes is Paul Chelimo, who will be running in the 5000m games representing the USA in the ongoing Olympics.
Paul Chelimo is an American runner who has been representing the USA in the 1500- 10,000 m games. He is the silver medalist of the 5000m during the 2016 Olympic games held in Rio de Janeiro. He is also one of the runners who will be representing the USA team in the ongoing Olympics. He secured his place in the national team by winning the 5000m game in the US Olympic trials. Grant Fisher had finished second and Woody Kincaid finished third on the trial.
Biography & Wiki Quick Summary
|Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo
|Date of birth
|October 27, 1990
|33 years old
|Place of birth
|Alberto Chelimo, Denis Chelimo and
|In a relationship
|Brendah K Johnsons
|Arianna Chebet Chelimo
|Professional track and field athlete
|5.11 ft (180 cm)
Paul Net Worth
Chelimo has a successful career as a runner who has even won a silver in the 2016 Olympics.
He even was active as the US Army’s water treatment specialist and still plays in association with the US Army team.
So, it is safe to assume that he has a decent net worth though the exact figures are not out.
The star athlete has a lean but well-built body that weighs 57 kgs. Chelimo exercises and practices a lot, which helps him to maintain his body weight needed for swift movement during the game. However, when it comes to height, he is only 5.11 ft tall.
His height might be shorter compared to other athletes, but he is still faster than many.
Paul Personal Life And Family
The 33 year-old athlete was born in Iten in Kenya. He was even raised there along with his three brothers.
Chelimo has not disclosed much about his parents, but he did share that he moved to the USA when he was an adult.
In the USA, he initially got enrolled at the Shorter University and ran for the Shorter Hawks.
Later he transferred to the University of North Carolina, from where he graduated.
Chelimo has a great career both in national and international games. He even qualified for the national team and represented the USA in the Tokyo Olympics.
Besides having a great career, he also has a happy family. He has a daughter with his longtime girlfriend, whom he cherishes more than anything. He spends a lot of time with his family and seems genuinely happy.
However, recently Chelimo lost his brother Alberto. He flew back and forth to Kenya during his Olympic trials to mourn the death of his brother.
Paul Girlfriend and Relationship
The silver medalist of the 2016 Olympics is in a long-term relationship with his partner, Brendah Johnsons.
The couple has been together since 2016 and even share an adorable daughter between them. Brendah gave birth to their daughter, Arianna, in 2018.
The couple is very close to each other and spends a lot of time together.
Chelimo has not shared anything about his life in Kenya so, no one knows about his school life.
However, when he moved to the USA, he initially enrolled in the Shorter University in Georgia.
However, later he transferred to the University of North Carolina, from where he completed his college.
Chelimo started his career in track and field after getting enrolled in Shorter University.
He took part in many games representing the Hawks and was also part of its NAIA National Indoor Champion team, which won the distance medley relay.
While still being a Hawks, Chelimo also took part in the NAIA National Indoor Championship. During the championship, he ran in 5000m and 10,000m and won in both.
He again participated in the same championship next year but played from the University of North Carolina. Unfortunately, he could not win the gold this time as he came second.
While still playing in the field, Chelimo joined the US Army in its MAVNI program as a water treatment specialist. His involvement in the army gave him a green card, and he became an American.
Once in the army, he started playing for the US army club. He then joined the World Class Athletic program and kept growing into an even better athlete.
He kept running in many games and eventually got qualified to represent the USA in the 2016 Olympics in the 500m. Just like him, Marquis Dendy, sprinter Josephus Lyles, and Lee Kiefer have competed in the 2020 Olympics.
During the Olympic game, initially, he got second place, but later, he got disqualified because of an elbow exchange between him and the other two runners.
The USA team did not accept this and appealed for reconsideration. The Olympics then reinstated Chelimo with his silver medal.
After winning silver for the USA, Chelimo again appeared in the Olympic trials held this year in Oregon. During the trial game, Chelimo won the 5000 m game by surpassing Grant Fisher.
This win got him qualified to again represent the USA in the Olympics that is happening in Tokyo.