(born February 21, 1961 in Kisii
) is a former Kenyan 5000 m
runner, who won the World Championships' gold medal in Tokyo 1991
. In the same year he set a temporary Kenyan 5000 m record of 13:01.82 in Zurich. He participated in the Olympic finals of 1988
but did not win a medal.
Ondieki was known for his demanding training sessions and his ability to run constantly at a high pace. However, he lacked a finishing kick, a weakness exploited by his opponents in the 1992 Olympic 5,000 m final in Barcelona
. In 1993, Ondieki became the first athlete to break the 27-minute-barrier over 10000 m
at the Bislett Games
Ondieki married Lisa Martin
, an Australian marathon runner. In 1990 they had a baby girl named Emma Ondieki. Today, Ondieki and Martin are divorced.
In September 1991 both he and Martin attended the 1991 AFL Grand Final
as a part of the prematch entertainment. The vision of Ondieki laughing uncontrollably at the antics of Angry Anderson
has been used in a recent advertisement for Carlton Draught.