Army Olympians

SPC Paul Chelimo

Track and Field
Water Treatment Specialist
Events – 5k
Hometown – Iten, Kenya
High School – Chebiemit Boys High School
College – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Joined Army – May 2014
Military Occupation – Water Treatment Specialist

Specialist Paul Chelimo is a water treatment specialist and distance runner in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program who specializes in the 5,000 meters.  A native of Iten, Kenya, he came to America in 2010 to attend the University of Rome and transferred to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011.  A four-time NAIA National Champion, Chelimo, finished his collegiate track and field career as a World University Games Silver medalist, two-time NCAA 5,000 meter runner-up and five-time NCAA All-American.  He then joined the U.S. Army in May of 2014 and soon began his journey towards the Olympic dream.  He finished second in the 3,000 meters at the 2016 USATF Indoor National Championships earning him the honor of representing the United States at the 2016 World Indoor Championships.  Chelimo, 25, punches his ticket to Rio de Janeiro by finishing 3rd in the 5,000 meters with a time of 13:35.92 at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

  • U.S. Olympic Team member - 2016
  • World University Games - silver
  • NCAA 5k - two-time runner-up
  • Four-time NAIA champion
  • Five-time NCAA All-American


2013    NCAA National Championships - silver in 5k
            First team All-American honors
            NCAA East Regional Championship - gold
            Payton Jordan Invitational
2012    Raleigh Relays - school record 1.5k
            Southern Conference Outdoor Championships - top individual 
            Payton Jordan Invitational - school record 5k
            NCAA Outdoor Championships - silver in 5k
            First team All-American honors

2011    Meyo Invitational - gold in 3k
            NCAA Indoor Championships - 4th in 3k
            All-American honors