Martin Mathathi

Martin Mathathi
Medal record
Representing  Kenya
Men’s athletics
World Championships
2007 Osaka 10,000 m

Martin Irungu Mathathi (born 25 December 1985 in Nyahururu) is a Kenyan long-distance runner, who competes in track, cross country and road running events. Mathathi won the bronze medal in the 10,000 metres at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. He represented his country in the same event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He holds the 10 miles world junior record of 44:51.

He trains with PACE Sports Management. He was schooled at Sipili secondary school.

Mathathi was the 2010 winner of the men's short race at the Chiba Cross Country in Japan.[1] He won the Sendai Half Marathon in a personal best time of 59:48 minutes, easily beating second placed Mekubo Mogusu.[2]

He gained selection for the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and came fifth for Kenya in the men's 10,000 m. That year, Mathathi set a course record for the Great North Run half marathon, finishing in a time of 58 minutes 56 seconds. Two weeks later he also won the Great Edinburgh Run 10K in course record time.[3] At the start of 2012 he finished second at the Chiba Cross Country meet.[4] He won the 10,000 m at the Hyogo Relays with a world-leading time of 27:35.16 minutes, but said that he intended to miss the Olympics and focus on a marathon debut at the Fukuoka Marathon instead.[5] He won the Gifu Half Marathon for a second time in May and won the[6] Sapporo Half Marathon in July.[7]

Mathathi attempted to run the fastest marathon debut at the Fukuoka Marathon but he dropped out of the race after 38 km.[8] He attempted to extend his undefeated streak at the Gifu Half Marathon and although he finished in 1:00:54 hours he was runner-up to world champion Zersenay Tadese.[9]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 10,000 m
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 3rd Long race
World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 1st Team competition
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 10,000 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 7th 10,000 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 5th 10,000 m

Personal bests


  1. Nakamura, Ken (14 February 2010). "Karoki, Mathathi, and Katsumata prevail at Chiba Cross Country". IAAF. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. "Results of Male Runners". Sendai Half Marathon. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  3. Martin, David (2 October 2011). "Mathathi clocks course record in Edinburgh 10Km". IAAF. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  4. Nakamura, Ken (12 February 2012). "Kenyan high schoolers dominate at Chiba Cross Country". IAAF. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  5. Larner, Brett (22 April 2012). "Mathathi and Niiya Run 10000 m World Leaders at Hyogo Relay Carnival". Japan Running News. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  6. Larner, Brett (20 May 2012). "Mathathi Wins Second-Straight Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, Kalmer Sets Women's Course Record". Japan Running News. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  7. Nakamura, Ken (1 July 2012). "Mathathi and Ito win Sapporo Half". IAAF. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  8. Nakamura, Ken (2 December 2012). "2:06:58 win for Gitau in Fukuoka". IAAF. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
  9. Nakamura, Ken (19 May 2013). "Course records for Tadese and Tufa at Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
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