Who is Paul Chelimo's wife Brendah? Rio Olympics medalist is a doting husband and father

Paul Chelimo will compete at the Men's 5000m finals in Tokyo Olympics alongside his US teammates Grant Fisher and Woody Kincaid


                            Who is Paul Chelimo's wife Brendah? Rio Olympics medalist is a doting husband and father
Paul Chelimo with his wife Brendah (Instagram/Paul Chelimo)

US athlete Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is eyeing a gold this time at the Men's 5000-meter final event. The long-distance runner is quite a decorated athlete, having bagged a Bronze at the 2017 World Championships and gold at the 2018 Continental Cup. He will compete at the finals in Tokyo Olympics alongside his US teammates Grant Fisher and Woody Kincaid. It remains to be seen if Paul can bag the gold this time defeating the other track-and-field athletes. 

The 30-year-old US Army veteran was born in Kenya but later settled in the US. In fact, he attained his US citizenship by joining the Army and World Class Athlete Program in 2014. In his personal life, Paul Chelimo is a doting father and a caring husband, who has been married to Brendah Kerubo Johnsons for quite a few years. Little known to many, the star athlete even penned a heartwarming article on fatherhood after welcoming his newborn daughter in December 2018. 

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Who is Paul Chelimo's wife?

Brendah Kerubo Johnsons originally hails from Nairobi, Kenya but moved to the US to start a family with her husband. Not much is known about their love story, but the couple appears to be happily married and dedicated parents to their child. He has referred to her as 'Queen' in his Instagram posts, while in another photo he wrote, "Behind Every Successful man there's a Strong Beautiful Woman."

The couple's daughter Arianna Chebet Chelimo was born on December 20, 2018. In his July 2019 article on fatherhood for Spikes magazine, Chelimo mentioned, "In January my whole life changed – the day my baby daughter entered the world. She arrived at St Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs, about a mile from my house, and the moment she was born I started crying straight away. Parenthood? I didn’t really prepare for it. My wife was always the one reading books, while I just decided to wing it. Even though everyone tells you your life will always be different, harder, at first I thought: this is easy."



 

He continued, "Because it was. But over time, you realise how tough it is. That’s just reality. The first few months were simple because my wife was always around and my Mom came over from Kenya to help out, but from four months on it got harder. My wife returned to her studies and would be gone from 5am-7pm three days a week. Having to take care of a baby all day and still find time to train? It’s stressful, but a good stress, if that makes sense."

In the same article, he wrote, "Some people think bringing up a child is really a woman’s job, but for us it was always going to be a shared role."

The couple regularly visits their hometown in Kenya where Chelimo's parents and other family members still live. In fact, when not running, Chelimo aims to become a water treatment specialist and establish a water treatment plant in Kenya. 

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