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Patrick Makau

Patrick Makau

Patrick Makau is a long distance runner from Kenya. His full name is Patrick Makau Musyoki. He was born on 2nd March 1985 in Manyanzwani in the Eastern Province of Kenya. 

Until 1999 Makau attended the Unyuani Primary School in Kenya. When he left school he entered Kyeni Academy in Misiani. His running career did not begin until 2001 at the age of 16 once his studies were complete.

Makau is well known for his brilliant half marathon performances. He has won many large scale half marathon races in Europe. Makau is also well known for his speed over distance achievements. He has the third quickest half marathon time at 58:52. The only runners ahead of him are Tadese and Wanjiru who hold first and second fastest times.

In 2010, Makau ran in the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands and became the fourth quickest runner ever in a amarathon distance race, with an impressive time of 2:04:48. Derek Froude and Zane Branson are his managers from Posso Sports.

Makau ran in the IAAF World Road Running Championships in 2006 and came 26th. Some of his better acheievements include the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon race in 2007 when he claimed 2nd place finishing with a time of 59:13. He was beaten by Samuel Wanjiru, who won the race and became the world record holder. Again in 2007, Makau re-entered the IAAF World Road Running Championship where he won the silver medal for finishing in 2nd place.

He also won a silver medal at the 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. He was also part of the Kenyan running team that won the team races in both of these events. In 2008 he ran in the City Pier Loop and won. Then the following year in 2009 he ran at the Ras Al Khaima Half Marathon and achieved the 2nd best ever time for a half marathon with a time of 58:52.

He did not run his first full marathon until 2009 when he took part i the Rotterdam Marathon in the Netherlands, where he came 4th place. In 2010 Makau returned to the City Pier Loop in Hague for the half marathon where he won the event again, with an equally brilliant time of 59:52. After this fantastic achievement, his best marathon running time was greatly improved when he ran once again at the Rotterdam Marathon and came first with a time of 2:04:48. This gave him the title of the fourth quickest runner for the distance run.

After this time, he decided not to continue with track running and spent all of his training time focusing on training for the Berlin Marathon. Mukau won, leaving Geoffrey Mutai to second place – the same outcome as a previous run of the same race. Makau was aiming for a new record during the Berlin Marathon, however heavy rains meant that the day was rather dampened, but still won and had a great finish time of 2:05:08, and he also won his very first ever major marathon.

In London 2012 Olympics, Patrick Makau was omitted from Kenya's marathon squad for Games.

World marathon record-holder Patrick Makau has paid the price for failing to finish in Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon after being left out of the Kenyan team for this summer’s Olympics.

Career Highlights

  • IAFF World Half Marathon Championships Team – Gold (2007,2008)
  • IAFF World Half Marathon Championships Individual – Silver (2007,2008)

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