Tuntivate Sweeps Distance Events at Southeast Asian Games

Kieran Tuntivate proudly displays Thai flag at the Southeast Asian Games.

NEW CLARK CITY, Philippines – Racing in both the 5,000m and 10,000m events, Harvard senior distance runner Kieran Tuntivate swept the Southeast Asian Games over the weekend, winning a pair of gold medals while representing Thailand.

Tuntivate, a native of Wilmington, Del. who claims dual citizenship in both the United States and Thailand, began the Southeast Asian Games with the 10,000m on Saturday. He captured the event with a time of 30:29.10, beating Agus Prayogo of Indonesia by three seconds. In the 5,000m race contested Monday morning, Tuntivate clocked a time of 14:31.15, besting Van Lai Nguyen of Vietnam, sealing the victory with a 56 second final lap. 

Last year, Tuntivate competed at the Asian Games contested in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he finished in fourth-place in the 10,000m run.

Tuntivate is coming off a USTFCCCA All-America performance at the Division I Cross Country National Championships two weeks ago in Terre Haute, Indiana, placing 28th at NCAAs. He will return to the track for his final seasons with the Crimson, beginning this winter.