Yiech Biel’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro South Sudanese middle-distance runner
Is Athlete
From South Sudan
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1995
Age 27 years
Star sign Capricorn

Yiech Pur Biel (born 1 January 1995) is a track and field athlete originally from Nasir, South Sudan, but now living and training in Kenya. He was selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to compete for the Refugee Olympic Team in the 800 m event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He placed last in his heat.

In 2005 he fled from his home town of Nasir in Sudan to escape a civil war. After living in the Kakuma Refugee Camp for 10 years, he started running competitively in 2015. The Kakuma refugee camp is one of the largest refugee camps in the world with over 179,000 people. According to Biel there were no facilities, he even didn’t have shoes and not a gym. Also the weather does not favour training because from morning until evening it is sunny and hot. In 2015 he was selected to join the Tegla Loroupe Foundation, that hold athletic trials in Kakuma. Nowadays he trains under Tegla Loroupe herself in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, along with four other middle-distance runners from South Sudan selected for the Olympic refugee team within a joint initiative by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing Refugee Athletes
2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th (h) 800 m 1:54.67
2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 5th (s) 800 m 1:56.53
2018 African Championships Asaba, Nigeria 31st (h) 800 m 1:53.20