Julius Achon

Julius Achon
Personal information
Born(1976-12-12) 12 December 1976 (age 40)
ResidenceUnited States
Years active1994-2005
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
SportTrack and Field
  • 800 metres
  • 1500 metres
College teamGeorge Mason
Achievements and titles
World finals1994 World Junior Championships: 1500m - Gold
Regional finals1995 All-Africa Games: 1500m - Bronze
Personal best(s)800 metres: 1:44.55
1500 metres: 3:35.68
Mile: 3:55.38
3000 metres: 8:04.44
5000 metres: 13:56.89
Updated on 27 September 2012.


Up to date on 27 Sept 2012. Julius Achon (given birth to 12 Dec 1976) is a Ugandan retired middle range runner who specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres. Achon once kept the 800m American Collegiate in-season Record with a period of just one 1:44.55 occur 1996 as students at George Mason College or university. He competed in both 1996 and 2000 Summer season Olympics. He’s also the creator from the Achon Uganda Children’s Account, located in Portland, Oregon which opened a infirmary in North Uganda in 2012.

Early life

At age 10, Achon begun to operate, inspired by tales of John Akii-Bua, the Ugandan 400m hurdler who gained Olympic silver in 1972. When he was 12, Achon was abducted with the Lord's Level of resistance Army, that was waging a civil battle, and taken up to a camp 100 mls apart. He escaped and a calendar year later got into and gained his first public race, which gained him a location at the area championships in Lira. To access the stadium 42 kilometers away, Achon got to perform for six hours. The next day he earned the 800m, 1500m and 3000m.His success in the district championships offered him a location in the national championships, where he earned the 1500m in 4:09.52, watched by Christopher Banage Mugisha. He provided Achon a scholarship or grant to at the very top government-aided college in Kampala, which Achon used.

Athletic achievements

In the 1994 World Junior Championships, Achon became the first Ugandan to win yellow metal, operating the 1500m in 3:39.78. Triumph was accompanied by gives of scholarships from we schools and he select George Mason College or university. In 1996 he earned the 800m NCAA name, setting a fresh US university record of just one 1:44.55. Later on in the entire year, he went in the heats from the 1500m in the Atlanta Olympics.Achon continued to compete in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where he reached the semifinal from the 1500m but didn't take part in the Athens Video games after his mom was killed from the LRA.An automobile crash in-may 2007 end his running profession. He previously been going to operate the 5000m in the Ugandan Country wide Athletics Championships in July 2007. Yr Competition Venue Placement Event Records Representing  Uganda 1994 Globe Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 4th 800m 1:48.85 1st 1500m 3:39.78 1995 All-Africa Games Harare, Zimbabwe 3rd 1500 m 3:40.83 2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 8th 1500 m 3:53.03 2002 African Championships Radès, Tunisia 6th 1500 m 3:43.00

Coaching career

In 2003, John Cook, who coached Achon at George Mason, offered him a post as assistant coach with Alberto Salazar's Nike Oregon Task, pacing top notch runners such as for example Galen Rupp, who competed on the Beijing Olympics. This year 2010, budget slashes at Nike supposed Achon dropped his work but he started working part-time on the Nike shop on campus rather.

Achon Uganda Children's Fund

Achon started providing for kids orphaned with the civil battle in Uganda in 2003 when he discovered 11 orphans sheltering under a bus. He had taken these to his parents' house near Lira, where his dad agreed to allow them stay, while Achon delivered cash back from Portugal where he was living and schooling. It only needed $100 monthly to feed all of them.In 2007, Achon met Jim Fee in Portland, Oregon, as well as the charity was founded with Fee as an unpaid advisor. The goal of the organisation is normally to improve entry to healthcare, clean drinking water and education. Charge and Achon started fundraising to create a medical clinic in Awake to take care of malaria. The Kristina Wellness Centre (KHC), called after his mom, opened up in August 2012 and uses 12 personnel. Achon intends to get an ambulance and prolong the maternity ward.Another project that Achon wishes to improve cash is to create a school. By October 2012, the building blocks offers for 40 orphans, including some women, to attend college, by spending money on their tuition, college materials, meals and other needs.