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Suleiman Nyambui
Olympic Games 1980 - 5000 m race.jpg
Nyambui (#649; far left), Yifter (#191), and Maaninka (#208) at the 1980 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Tanzanian
Born (1953-02-13) February 13, 1953 (age 63)
Majita Musoma, Tanzania
Sport Track
Event(s) 1500 metres, Mile, 2-mile, 5000 metres, 10,000 metres, Marathon
College team UTEP
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 metres: 3:35.8[1]
Mile: 3:51.94[1]
Indoor 2-mile: 8:17.9[1]
5000 metres: 13:12.29[1]
10,000 metres: 27:51.73[1]
Marathon: 2:09:52[1]

Suleiman Nyambui (born February 13, 1953) is a former track athlete from Tanzania who specialized in various long-distance disciplines. Nyambui won the bronze medal at the 1978 All-Africa Games, the silver medal in 5000 metres at the 1980 Summer Olympics, and finished first at three consecutive marathons between 1987 and 1988. He holds multiple indoor national records of Tanzania in athletics.

Running career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Nyambui had dropped out of school after primary education. He became a fisherman in Ukerewe District in Mwanza region, where his potential as a good athlete was spotted by the Region's Athletic Organization. The organization helped in his training and afforded him facilities and guidance in making him a national and international athlete. He also had joined the Tanzania National Service before he went to train as a teacher. He taught school at Bukumbi (20 miles from Mwanza City) before moving to the United States to study for his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Then he took a contract to train Saudi Arabian athletes. After that he moved back to Tanzania.


He attended UTEP from 1978 to 1982, where, as an older athlete (he was 29 when he graduated), he won four straight NCAA titles in the 10,000 meters — one of only five Division I men to ever accomplish such a feat. He also won three straight NCAA titles in the 5,000 meters while at UTEP and was the 1980 NCAA Cross Country champion. In a memorable Millrose Games race in New York in February 1981, Nyambui broke the world indoor 5,000 meter record with a 13:20.4, just ahead of Alberto Salazar who broke the American indoor 5,000 meter record.


Nyambui would go on to represent Tanzania in the men's 5000 metre race at the 1980 Summer Olympics, where he finished second behind only Miruts Yifter. After running shorter-distance races, Nyambui would go on to run several marathons, winning the Berlin Marathon on two occasions and the Stockholm Marathon in 1988.


  1. ^ a b c d e f All-Athletics. "Profile of Suleiman Nyambui". 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kenya Henry Rono
Men's 5,000-m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Ethiopia Miruts Yifter

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Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:56:15 -0700

The 3K win by Cheserek gave him 10 individual NCAA track and field titles, tied for the 2nd most in NCAA history behind the 14 captured by Suleiman Nyambui, who ran for UTEP from 1978-82, and won the silver medal for Tanzania in the 5K at the 1980 ...

Daily News | The National Newspaper (press release) (blog)

Daily News | The National Newspaper (press release) (blog)
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:22:30 -0700

To say the least, athletics has to some extent remained as our sporting identity after producing world class runners of the years, such as Filbert Bayi, Suleiman Nyambui, Juma Ikangaa, Francis Naali, Samson Ramadhani, Gidamis Shahanga, Simon Mrashani, ...

Daily News | The National Newspaper (press release) (blog)

Daily News | The National Newspaper (press release) (blog)
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:26:15 -0700

In fact, Tanzania has failed to win Olympic medal since the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, where steeplechase runner Filbert Bayi and long-distance runner Suleiman Nyambui won silver for each of their respective sporting events. One of the reasons for ...
Daily News | The National Newspaper (press release) (blog)
Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:59:36 -0700

But it would be recalled that Tanzania did not and Filbert Bayi and Suleiman Nyambui went on to bag their first Olympic Games medals. Bayi won silver in 3,000m steeplechase and Nyambui also won silver in 5,000m. However, the most powerful sporting ...


Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:12:04 -0800

With still another year of eligibility remaining, he has recorded 63 points during NCAA Indoor Championships, second behind Suleiman Nyambui's 79. He was joined at the top of the podium by Allen who set another personal best and school record while ...
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 04:36:03 -0800

Mtaka said Davis, who guided the country's athletics legends Filbert Bayi and Suleiman Nyambui to higher heights of success in the 1970s and 1980s, has all it takes to transform the national teams into formidable outifits. Davis, who now trains the ...
Mon, 11 Jan 2016 07:00:00 -0800

Dar es Salaam — When you talk of legendary athletes in the country, you will probably come across names such as Filbert Bayi, Juma Ikangaa and Suleiman Nyambui. Many would forget to include John Steven Akhwari in this list. This is unfortunate because ...

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U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
Sat, 20 Feb 2016 16:45:00 -0800

Twelve years and a week ago, Alistair Cragg of Arkansas ran 7:38.59 over 3000 meters for a brand new collegiate record – even when considering the converted two-mile times of such fabled legends as Henry Rono and Suleiman Nyambui. Since then, only ...

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