PUMA has signed the current 800m World and Olympic Champion Emmanuel Korir, who will compete in the company’s performance products starting at the Diamond League Meeting in Brussels.
The Kenyan athlete rose to fame in 2018, when he came in second at the African Championships in the 800m event and won the Gold in the 4x400m relay. He cemented his position as one of the best middle-distance runners of his generation with the Olympic Gold in Tokyo in 2021 and a Gold at the World Championships in Eugene this year.
His personal best over 800m is 1:42.05 minutes, the 6th fastest performance of all time.
“PUMA has a strong history in running, with world records in the 100, 200 and 1000 meters to its name,” said Pascal Rolling, Head of Sports Marketing. “We are excited that Emmanuel will join our PUMA Family, so we can continue to create great Athletics moments together.”
Korir will wear PUMA’s Evospeed Distance Elite +2 spikes for the Diamond League meeting in Brussels, a mid-distance track and field spike built for events ranging from 800m all the way up to 10,000m. The spikes feature a full-length carbon fibre plate that has been specially designed to stabilise the nitrogen-injected foam midsole, allowing for peak energy transfer.
During training, Korir wears the Deviate NITRO 2, which comes with NITRO Elite foam for improved responsiveness and a reworked collar to reduce heel slip.
PUMA’s elite group of track & field athletes includes 400m hurdles World Record Holder Karsten Warholm, pole vault World Record Holder Armand “Mondo” Duplantis and Jamaican sprinters Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah. Most recently, high jumpers Mutaz Essa Barshim and Woo Sanghyeok also joined the PUMA Family.