John Ekiru Kelai (born 29 December 1976) is a male long-distance runner from Kenya, who specialises in the marathon. He set his personal best of 2:09:09 hours for the distance at the 2005 edition of the Eindhoven Marathon, where he finished fourth. He is a two-time winner of the Enschede Marathon, also in the Netherlands, and had consecutive wins at the Mumbai Marathon in 2007–2008.
Kelai won the 2003 Singapore Marathon, the 2004 Brussels Marathon, and was the 2007 winner of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon. In 2009 he was third at the Mumbai Marathon, failing to defend his title, and took fourth at both the Singapore and Karstadt Marathons.
He was selected for the marathon at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and he moved away from the field in the final 10 km to become Commonwealth champion (only the second Kenyan man to take the title after Douglas Wakiihuri). "I am so humbled to win here. It is an honour. I didn't know I could be the winner", said Kelai, "I feel on top of the world". He stayed on in Asia for 2011, coming sixth at the Mumbai Marathon and third in Singapore.
|2004||Brussels Marathon||Brussels, Belgium||1st||Marathon||2:10:59|
|2005||Enschede Marathon||Enschede, Netherlands||1st||Marathon||2:11:44|
|Eindhoven Marathon||Eindhoven, Netherlands||4th||Marathon||2:09:09|
|2006||Enschede Marathon||Enschede, Netherlands||2nd||Marathon||2:12:05|
|Eindhoven Marathon||Eindhoven, Netherlands||14th||Marathon||2:18:37|
|2007||Mumbai Marathon||Mumbai, India||1st||Marathon||2:12:30|
|National Capital Marathon||Ottawa, Canada||4th||Marathon||2:11:10|
|Toronto Waterfront Marathon||Toronto, Canada||1st||Marathon||2:09:30|
|2008||Mumbai Marathon||Mumbai, India||1st||Marathon||2:12:22|
|Toronto Waterfront Marathon||Toronto, Canada||5th||Marathon||2:12:43|
|2009||Mumbai Marathon||Mumbai, India||3rd||Marathon||2:12:13|
|Ruhr Marathon||Essen, Germany||4th||Marathon||2:11:15|
|2010||Enschede Marathon||Enschede, Netherlands||1st||Marathon||2:12:17|
|Commonwealth Games||Delhi, India||1st||Marathon||2:14:35|
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