Last Updated on April 17, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

Tuntivate breaks SEA Record in 1500m

Kieran Tuntivate, a Thai-American national athlete set a new Thailand National Record and in the process set a new SEA Record in the 1500m. Meaning his mark was faster than all the other National Records of the 11 member nations in South East Asia. Tuntivate clocked a time of 3:40.50 good enough for 35th overall place. On April 15 at the ‘Very Famous’ Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California, USA.
Tuntivate on this occasion was representing the prestigious Nike Bowerman Track Club based in Oregon which he has been a member of for the past few years. Tuntivate won heat 4.
The previous National Record of Thailand was set in Indonesia at the 1995 Asian Championships in Jakarta, Indonesia. With Chem Srichudanu at the time of 3:46.16. 
The previous SEA Record was Nguyen Dinh Cuong of Vietnam who clocked 3:45.31 at the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand. 
The 26-year-old Kieran previous Personal best was way back in 2018 when he clocked 3:47.36 at Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA as a junior athlete.
This time is well below the SEA Games Gold Medal time of 2022 which was 3:54.37. The next fastest time in 2023 is Duc Phuong Luc of Vietnam who registered at 3:55.21 at the Asian Indoors in Astana, Kazakhstan
Tuntivate now holds 8 Thai National Records in the 1500m, Mile, 3000m, 5000m, 10k Road, 10,000m, and the indoor mile and indoor 5000m.
Tuntivate was the SEA Games Champion in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs at the 2019 SEA Games in New Clark City Philippines. However, an injury during the games ruled him out of competition at the 2022 SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. In 2023 Tuntivate will contest 1500, 5000, and 10000-meter run for Thailand in Cambodia.

Kieran Tuntivate smashes his South East Asian 10,000m Record to bits

February 21, 2021

SEA Games 5000 and 10,000m Champion Kieran Tuntivate of Thailand. Over delivered on his brave statement that he would break 28 minutes in the weekend. Tuntivaty smashed his South East Asian 10,000m Record of 28:45.61 set in Raleigh, USA on 29 March 2019.

The 24-year-old Thai American who studies at Harvard took nearly one and a half minutes off his previous best with an Olympic qualifying time of 27:17.14. Kieran went under the Olympic standard of 

Placing 5th in a tightly contested finish at the San Juan Capistrano meet in California, USA. Marc Scott of Great Britain won in 27:10.41, American’s Grant Fisher at 27:11.29, Woody Kincaid at 27:12.78, and Ben True at 27:14.95, all dipping under the Olympic standard.

Kieran also under the 27:28.00 Olympic standard, becoming the only other South East Asian athlete besides Ernest Obiena of the Philippines to qualify outright in Athletics for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

According to Letsrun.comKieran has the 4th fastest time in Asian Track and Field History (behind 3 athletes of African origin).

What is even more amazing is Kieran has a PB of 13:57 in 5k. But in his 27:17 10k, he ran 13:45 for the first 5k and 13:32 for the second 5k. He is threatening to run 13:10 in his next 5000m Race.


The 5 Sub-27:20 Asian Runners inHistoryy

  1. 26:38.76 Abdullah Ahmad Hassan QAT
  2. 26:51.87 Nicholas Kemboi QAT
  3. 27:11.08 Abraham Cheroben BRN
  4. 27:17.14 Kieran Tuntivate THA
  5. 27:18.75 Akira Aizawa JPN

SEA Games Distance King Kieran Tuntivate eagle spreads wings for 3 Golds in SEA Games

Article by Andrew Pirie
16th February 2021
Edited by Dr. Vic Salas
Thai-American Kieran Tuntivate looking towards 1500 – 5000 – 10000m Golds in SEA Games 2021!!

Kieran Tuntivate has a realistic shot at taking three gold medals for Thailand at the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam. Already strolling his way wearing ‘pink’ rubber shoes to the SEA Games 5000 (14:31) and 10,000m (30:19) titles in New Clark, the Philippines, in 2019.  

Kieran holds the SEA Record in the 10,000m, an impressive 28:45.61 mark

Which erased the long-time mark of Eduardo Buenavista of the Philippines, a former Asian Games bronze medallist in this event.

In the 5000m, Tuntivate has run 13:57.60 in 2019, which is also a SEA Record. And to back that up, he has an impressive 3000m; on February 6, 2021, he ran 7:48.24, a new Thai National record in 3000m on Feb 6 in Phoenix, Arizona, set Kieran’s previous National Record of 7:49.15 last year’s in Boston.

So with both SEA Games titles seemingly unchallenged from his nearest pursuers in the South East Asian Region. Perhaps Kieran might be extending his dominance to the shorter 1500 meters As well.

Why? The Guy is bloody fast. His PB may bee already quite impressive by SEA level 3:47.36. Which is not far behind the lifetime best of 3:47.04 (2015) of the most excellent Middle Distance runner in SEA History, and four-time 1500M SEA Games Gold medalist Duong Van Thai of Vietnam. Thai aims for title #5 in front of his countrymen in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the SEA Games. However, Thai will be 29 when SEA Games rolls around, vs. Kieran, 24. That has not broken 3:50 since 2018.

In the meantime, Kieran registered an even more impressive 3:57.87 for the Mile (1609m) on August 15, 2020, at Nashville, which is another SEA Record, and it equates to an impenetrable time of 3:42 for 1500, which for sure would leave his SEA Rivals gasping for dear life.

Thai-American Kieran TuntivateSoutheastt Top Long Distance Runner

It will take a lot faster than 14:40 and 30:20 for a Filipino athlete to even land a medal of any color at the SEA Games in 2021 in the 5000m, and 10,000m runs.

The top man is Thai-American Kieran Tuntivate, who holds the following best times.

  • 1500m, 3:47.46s
  • 3000m, 8:00.61s
  • 5000m, 13:57.60s SEA RECORD
  • 10000m, 28:45.61s SEA RECORD

Last SEA Games Filipino Sony Wagdos captured bronze in a time of 14:34 in the 5000m.


Harvard Runner Kieran Tuntivate Turns His Foot Into Ground Beef After Winning 3,000-Meter Race With One Shoe



In the first lap of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships’ 3,000-meter race, Harvard distance runner Tuntivate abandoned his left shoe when it came loose around 300 meters into his run.

Electing to go without the shoe meant that Kieran Tuntivate had to complete the rest of that competition while exposing the skin on his barefoot to the harsh texture of an indoor track.

He shared the results on Instagram, and they’re about what you’d expect. (Click on the arrow to get to the photo of the foot that’s missing a few pieces.)


New South East Asian 10,000 Meter Men’s Record for Tuntivate of Thailand

March 2019


Thai-American Kieran Tuntivate clocked 28:45.61 in the 10,000m on March 29 at the Raleigh Relays. Upon further careful analysis, the mark is a New South East Asian Record. Eduardo Buenavista of the Philippines had the previous effect of 29:02.36. Buenavista took the bronze medal at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.

The mark is a new Thai Record-breaking 29:29.59 set by Boonthung Srisung at the 2005 SEA Games. Consequently, it is also a new Personal best for Kieran. And even better than all the times he ran before he acquired his Thai passport. His previous best of 29:31.82 was run at the same Raleigh Relays meet last year.

Kieran had also famously run an indoor 3000m in the year, ripping open his foot in the process after losing a shoe. He ran 7:59.78 indoors for 3000 on Feb 9 in Boston to break another Boonthung record of 8:10.39 set in 2005 at the Asian Indoor Games. He also set a new Thai record indoors for 5000 at 14:25.32 on Feb 24 at Cambridge. Boonthung still holds the outdoor 5000 records at 14:10.56

The New Kid in Town

Tuntivate debuted for Thailand at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, last August.  And he finished an awe-inspiring 4th place in the 10,000m, and  Boonthung finished 10th. Tuntivate is a college athlete at Harvard who runs for Thailand. The good news for Kieran is that after a lot of pressure from the Asian Athletics Association. The Host Philippines for the 2017 SEA Games had to concede to include the mens 5000 and 10,000 at SEA Games or face a possible loss of sanction of the meet.

Thai breaks 5000 SEARecordsd.

Kieran Tuntivate added the SEA Men’s 5000m Record to his resume. Clocking a time of 13:57 60 at the Virginia Challenge at Charlottesville on 19th April 2019. The mark eclipsed the 13:58.43 of Eduardo Buenavista of the Philippines in Busan, where he took bronze at the 2002 Asian Games.

Tuntivate also broke the Thai National Record of Boonthung Srisung 14:10.56  set in the 2005 World Universiade in Istanbul, Turkey.

Tuntivate is the leader in the 2019 SEA Ranking lists for the 5000 and 10000 titles at the 2019 SEA Games.






By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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