Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo (born October 27, 1990) is an American track and field athlete of Kenyan origin. In the 5000 meters, he won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2020 Olympics.
Chelimo was born and raised in Kenya before moving to the United States in 2010 to run for Shorter College, where he won the 3000 meters and was a member of the winning distance medley relay team as Shorter won the 2011 NAIA National Indoor Championship. Later that year, Shorter won the NAIA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship, while Chelimo won the 5000 and 10000 meters.
He transferred to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he finished second in the NCAA Championships 5000 meters in 2012 and again in 2013.
Chelimo earned his citizenship by joining the United States Army as a water treatment specialist through the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program, then enrolling in their World Class Athletic Program in 2014.
He competed in the 3000 meters for the United States at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. He qualified for the World Championships by finishing second at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships a week earlier on the same track, setting a personal record of 7:39.00.
|Representing United States|
|2016||U.S. Olympic Trials||Eugene, Oregon||3rd||5000 m||13:35.92|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||2nd||5000 m||13:03.90|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||3rd||5000 m||13:33.30|
|2019||World Championships||Doha, Qatar||7th||5000 m||13:04.60|
|2021||U.S. Olympic Trials||Eugene, Oregon||1st||5000 m||13:26.82|
|Olympic Games||Tokyo, Japan||3rd||5000 m||12:59.05|