Israeli Olympic profiles: Lonah Korlima Chemtai

Women's Tel Aviv marathon champion Lonah Korlima Chemtai hopes to bring the gold for the country she now calls home.

July 31, 2016 10:45
Israel Olympic

Lonah Korlima Chemtai. (photo credit: Courtesy)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Date of Birth: December 12, 1988 (age 27)

Event: Women’s Marathon

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Schedule in Rio: Marathon – August 14

Career highlight: Winning the women’s Tel Aviv marathon in February with a time of 2:40.16 hours

Outlook for Rio: The Kenyan-born Chemtai’s request to receive Israeli citizenship was only finally approved by Minister of the Interior Aryeh Deri in March. She has been living in Israel since 2008, first arriving in the country to work at the Kenyan consulate. She has since married Israeli running coach Dan Salpeter and she gave birth to their son last year before turning her focus back to running and progressing in impressive fashion.

Related Content

August 21, 2018
Report: Netanyahu allegedly tried to oust police chief