Eliud Kipchoge (Getty Images)
Eliud Kipchoge (Getty Images)
  • COUNTRY Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH 5 NOV 1984


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Updated 22 August 2007

Eliud KIPCHOGE, Kenya (3000m/5000m/cross country)

Born 5 November 1984, Kapsisiywa, near Kapsabet, Nandi Dist., Rift Valley Prov., Kenya.

Lives mainly in Kapsisiywa. Trains at Global Sports camp, Kaptagat (30km east of Eldoret). Based in Nijmegen, Netherlands, during track season.

Completed Kaptel Secondary School 1999.

Engaged to be married. Daughter Lynne Jebet born 2006.

Manager: Global Sports Communications. Coaches: Patrick Sang, Joseph Chelimo

Native language: Nandi (Kalenjin). Last of five children. Parents small-scale farmers.


Eliud Kipchoge ran casually in school, never reaching even district-level competition, and began training on his own after leaving school. Entering local cross country races in 2001, he placed 2nd overall in jackpot series of competitions sponsored by Eveready, attracting the attention of manager Jos Hermens.

The following year, Kipchoge again just missed winning the cross country jackpot but he triumphed in the junior race at Kenya's trials for the 2002 World Cross Championships in Dublin, for which he was selected. But he fell ill beforehand and finished 5th. After winning the 5,000m trial for the 2002 World Junior Championships on the track he fell ill again but this time more seriously (malaria) and he did not travel to Jamaica.

After recovering, Kipchoge’s manager took him to Europe for three late-season races in which he demonstrated his  true potential - Rovereto (13:14.20 for 2nd), Berlin (13:13.03 for 9th) and Cagliari, where he won at 3000 in 7:46.34.

In 2003, Kipchoge again won Kenya's junior trials for the World Cross Country Championships and, healthy this time, he won in Lausanne after a duel with Uganda's Boniface Kiprop. He also won the Kenyan cross country series, earning a share of a 1million Kenyan shillings jackpot (Kipchoge's portion: Ksh. 250,000, equal to about 3,000 euros).

 He launched his  track season with 1500 PB in Rehlingen (3:36.17), followed by a breakthrough 3rd place at 5000m behind Kenenisa Bekele and Sammy Kipketer in Oslo (12:52.61, topping World Junior Record of countryman Philip Mosima by just over a second). Then came another sub-13 for 4th in Paris GL (12:55.52) and a surprise 3rd in Kenya's brutally competitive World Championships trials (13:25.5 at 1500 metres altitude), ahead of such established stars as Sammy Kipketer, Benjamin Limo, Richard Limo and Charles Kamathi.

The real giant-slaying came at the 2003 World Championships in Paris. In what was expected to be a duel between new world 10,000m champion Bekele and four-time 1500m champion Hicham El Guerrouj, Kipchoge was still among the eight-man lead pack when El Guerrouj launched his finishing drive with 900 metres to go. Streaking around the final turn of the 53-second last lap, Kipchoge was in second position, two metres behind the leader, when Bekele, in third, began to accelerate.

Kipchoge moved out at just the right moment, forcing Bekele wide and pulling to the shoulder of El Guerrouj. Then, in a battle reminiscent of the Sydney Olympic 1500m, Kipchoge inched ahead of the fully extended Moroccan just before the line, much as his compatriot Noah Ngeny had done three years earlier. His winning time (12:52.79) was a championship record.

Kipchoge began 2004 with three 2nd place finishes in cross country but won the Kenyan trial for the World Cross Country Championships 12 km, choosing the longer distance because he regarded the winner at that distance as the "real" World Champion, and he aimed to be nothing less. In the heavy going of Brussels, he stayed with Bekele and the Ethiopian juggernaut longer than anyone else, but wound up 4th behind their medal sweep.

Kipchoge raced sparingly before the 2004 Athens Olympics, mainly under-distance.  He set PBs at 1500 (3:33.20, 1st at Hengelo, beating all three of Kenya’s 2004 Olympic 1500 finalists) and one mile (3:50.40, 3rd in London) and recorded a solid 7:33.37 win at 3000m in Doha. He won Kenya’s Olympic trial at 5000 (13:14.0, six seconds ahead of John Kibowen) and notched a big PB win at 5000 in Rome six days later (12:46.53) ahead of all the top Ethiopians except  Bekele.

As most observers expected, the Athens 5000 final turned out to be a rematch of the brilliant three-man Paris race, this time at a slower pace that enabled miler El Guerrouj to kick away from Bekele and Kipchoge, who had to settle for bronze (13:15.10). Five days later, he took out his frustrations on the track in the Brussels GP, blasting a PB 7:27.72 for 3000m, the year’s best mark. Two weeks after that, in the World Athletics Final, he repeated the win at 3000m, this time kicking decisively off a slower pace (7:38.67).

Kipchoge began the 2005 cross country season with a gun-to-tape win against a strong field in Edinburgh and a similarly dominating performance in the 12 km race at Kenya’s World Cross Country Championships trials. Going into the Championships in St. Etienne/St. Galmier, the Kenyan was thought to have the best chance in years to defeat cross country master Bekele, who was grieving over the death of his fiancée two months earlier.

The two ran shoulder to shoulder for five of the 12km race’s six laps, but when Bekele accelerated with 2000m to go, Kipchoge could not respond, and staying with the hard driving Bekele for the first 10km cost him an almost certain silver medal as he faded to 5th.

Kipchoge ran just seven track races before the Helsinki World Championships, the best being two 3000m wins in Doha and Hengelo in May (7:28.56 and 7:30.56) and a 12:52.76 over 5000 in Rome in July. In Helsinki he faced neither of his two Paris or Athens rivals, with El Guerrouj having retired and Bekele defending his 10,000m title only. The race seemed Kipchoge’s to lose, but instead of driving from the front as he had in cross country, he uncharacteristically allowed the pace to dawdle, ignoring his own sage observation from earlier in the year, "Always in the slower races anyone can win."

A mad last-lap scramble left Kipchoge out of the medals in 4th (13:33.04), less than half a second behind the winner, his countryman Benjamin Limo. He closed out the disappointing season with a fast win in the Brussels Golden League 5000 (12:50.22) and a more modest 2nd in the World Athletics Final 3000 (7:38.95).

Kipchoge chose to forego both the World Cross Country Championships and the Commonwealth Games early in 2006, reportedly because he was unhappy with the official and unofficial reaction to his performances in St. Etienne and Helsinki. At the World Indoor Championships, in Moscow, he faced Bekele again, this time over 3000m, which seemed better suited to Kipchoge, who had just recorded a new indoor 1500 PB of 3:36.25 in Birmingham.

As it turned out, however, the Ethiopian won decisively off a slow pace (7:39.32) and 2nd went to the Kenyan-turned-Qatari Saif Saeed Shaheen, the 3000m Steeplechase world record holder. Kipchoge’s time: 7:42.58, nearly 10 seconds slower than the indoor PB (7:33.07) he had run six weeks earlier. The bronze medal was small consolation.

The nine outdoor track races Kipchoge ran in the remainder of 2006 yielded six podium finishes and a couple of times (7:30.48 and12:54.94) that would count as spectacular for a lesser runner, but they added up to an undistinguished season for the Kenyan. A brighter note came on the last day of the year at Madrid’s San Silvestre 10km road race. On a net downhill point-to-point course (55m elevation loss), Kipchoge recorded a stunning 26:54, winning a duel with newly crowned IAAF World Road Running champion, Zersenay Tadesse, of Eritrea.

Kipchoge has raced sparingly in 2007, skipping indoors altogether and running just one cross country and five track races, the most notable of which were a dazzling 10,000m debut in Hengelo (26:49.02 for 2nd, 0.3 seconds behind Sileshi Sihine) and a comfortable 3rd in the 5000 at Kenya’s trials for the World Championships (13:24.4 at 1700 m altitude). His 5000 m rivals in Osaka will have to judge whether Kipchoge has simply been laying low this year.

Kipchoge shares his name with his Nandi tribesman, Kipchoge Keino, widely seen as the founding father of Kenyan athletics. The name means "born near the grain storage shed."

Kipchoge's village, Kapsisiywa, is home to the Talai clan, from whose members come the Nandi ritual experts, known as orkoiik. Their chief traditional responsibility was to offer advice and ritual blessing for military expeditions. At the turn of the last century, the British colonial administration held the Nandi orkoiik responsible for the tribe's fierce resistance to colonial rule -- by far the most violent and protracted in the early history of the colony.

Yearly Progression

3000m/ 5000m: 2002 - 7:46.34 / 13:13.03; 2003 - 7:30.91 / 12:52.61 (WJR); 2004 - 7:27.72 / 12:46.53; 2005 – 7:28.56 / 12:50.22;  2006 – 7:30.48 / 12:54.94;  2007 – 7:33.06 /13:02.10.

Personal Bests

1500m: 3:33.20 (2004)
Mile: 3:50.40 (2004)
3000m: 7:27.72 (2004)
5000m: 12:46.53 (2004)
10,000m: 26:49.02 (2007)

Career Highlights

2002:  5th World Cross Country Championships (Juniors)
2003: 1st   World Cross Country Championships (Juniors)
2003: 1st World Championships (5000m)
2003:  1st  World Athletics Final (5000m)
2004:  4th  World Cross Country Championships
2004:  3rd  Olympic Games (5000m)
2004:  1st  World Athletics Final  (3000m)
2005:  5th  World Cross Country Championships
2005:  4th  World Championships (5000m)
2006:  3rd  World Indoor Championships (3000m)

 

Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. ©  IAAF 2007.

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
1500 Metres 3:33.20 Hengelo 31 MAY 2004
One Mile 3:50.40 London (CP) 30 JUL 2004
3000 Metres 7:27.66 Doha 06 MAY 2011
Two Miles 8:07.68 Eugene, OR 04 JUN 2005
5000 Metres 12:46.53 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 02 JUL 2004
10,000 Metres 26:49.02 Hengelo 26 MAY 2007
10 Kilometres 28:11 Utrecht 27 SEP 2009
15 Kilometres 43:02 Barcelona 17 FEB 2013
20 Kilometres 57:12 Barcelona 17 FEB 2013
Half Marathon 59:25 Lille 01 SEP 2012
25 Kilometres 1:13:13 Berlin 29 SEP 2013
30 Kilometres 1:28:01 Berlin 29 SEP 2013
Marathon 2:04:05 Berlin 29 SEP 2013
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
1500 Metres 3:36.25 Birmingham 18 FEB 2006
3000 Metres 7:29.37 Stuttgart 05 FEB 2011
Two Miles 8:07.39 Birmingham, GBR 18 FEB 2012
5000 Metres 12:55.72 Düsseldorf 11 FEB 2011
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
1500 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2010 3:38.36 Shanghai 23 MAY
2007 3:39.98 Eugene, OR 10 JUN
2005 3:33.80 London (CP) 22 JUL
2004 3:33.20 Hengelo 31 MAY
2003 3:36.17 Rehlingen 09 JUN
One Mile Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2007 3:57.19 Eugene, OR 10 JUN
2004 3:50.40 London (CP) 30 JUL
3000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 7:31.40 Doha 11 MAY
2011 7:27.66 Doha 06 MAY
2009 7:28.37 Doha 08 MAY
2008 7:33.14 Doha 09 MAY
2007 7:33.06 Doha 11 MAY
2006 7:30.48 Doha 12 MAY
2005 7:28.56 Doha 13 MAY
2004 7:27.72 Bruxelles 03 SEP
2003 7:30.91 Bruxelles 05 SEP
2002 7:46.34 Cagliari 10 SEP
Two Miles Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2011 8:16.74 Eugene, OR 04 JUN
2006 8:12.29 Eugene, OR 28 MAY
2005 8:07.68 Eugene, OR 04 JUN
5000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 12:55.34 Paris Saint-Denis 06 JUL
2011 12:59.01 Monaco 22 JUL
2010 12:51.21 Doha 14 MAY
2009 12:56.46 Milano 25 JUN
2008 13:02.06 Ostrava 12 JUN
2007 12:50.38 Bruxelles 14 SEP
2006 12:54.94 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 14 JUL
2005 12:50.22 Bruxelles 26 AUG
2004 12:46.53 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 02 JUL
2003 12:52.61 Oslo 27 JUN
2002 13:13.03 Berlin 06 SEP
2001 13:48.0 Nakuru 01 JAN
10,000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 27:11.93 Eugene, OR 01 JUN
2011 26:53.27 Bruxelles 16 SEP
2008 26:54.32 Hengelo 24 MAY
2007 26:49.02 Hengelo 26 MAY
10 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 28:25 Kavarna 06 OCT
2009 28:11 Utrecht 27 SEP
15 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 43:16 Barcelona 16 FEB
2013 43:02 Barcelona 17 FEB
2012 43:27 Kavarna 06 OCT
20 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 57:47 Barcelona 16 FEB
2013 57:12 Barcelona 17 FEB
2012 58:42 Kavarna 06 OCT
Half Marathon Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 1:00:52 Barcelona 16 FEB
2013 1:00:04 Barcelona 17 FEB
2012 59:25 Lille 01 SEP
25 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 1:14:11 Rotterdam 13 APR
2013 1:13:13 Berlin 29 SEP
30 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 1:28:56 Rotterdam 13 APR
2013 1:28:01 Berlin 29 SEP
Marathon Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2014 2:05:00 Rotterdam 13 APR
2013 2:04:05 Berlin 29 SEP
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
1500 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2006 3:36.25 Birmingham 18 FEB
3000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 7:32.03 Karlsruhe 12 FEB
2011 7:29.37 Stuttgart 05 FEB
2010 7:32.99 Stuttgart 06 FEB
2006 7:33.07 Karlsruhe 29 JAN
Two Miles Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 8:07.39 Birmingham, GBR 18 FEB
5000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2011 12:55.72 Düsseldorf 11 FEB
Honours - 3000 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 9 8:07.26 Thessaloníki 12 SEP 2009
5th IAAF World Athletics Final 6 7:50.93 Stuttgart 22 SEP 2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final 7 7:41.46 Stuttgart 09 SEP 2006
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 3 7:42.58 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 12 MAR 2006
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final 2 7:38.95 Monaco 09 SEP 2005
2nd IAAF World Athletics Final 1 7:38.67 Monaco 18 SEP 2004
Honours - 5000 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7 13:27.27 Daegu 04 SEP 2011
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 5 13:18.95 Berlin 23 AUG 2009
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 5 13:24.13 Stuttgart 14 SEP 2008
The XXIX Olympic Games 2 13:02.80 Beijing (National Stadium) 23 AUG 2008
5th IAAF World Athletics Final 5 13:40.49 Stuttgart 23 SEP 2007
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 13:46.00 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 02 SEP 2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final f DNS Stuttgart 10 SEP 2006
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 4 13:33.04 Helsinki 14 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 3 13:15.10 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 28 AUG 2004
1st IAAF World Athletics Final 1 13:23.34 Monaco 14 SEP 2003
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 1 12:52.79 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 31 AUG 2003
Honours - Half Marathon
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 6 1:01:52 Kavarna 06 OCT 2012
Honours - Junior Race
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
31st IAAF World Cross Country Championships 1 22:47 Lausanne 30 MAR 2003
30th IAAF/Sport Ireland World Cross Country Championships 5 23:39 Dublin 24 MAR 2002
Honours - Long Race
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
33rd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 5 35:37 Saint-Galmier 20 MAR 2005
32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 4 36:34 Bruxelles 21 MAR 2004


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Updated 22 August 2007

Eliud KIPCHOGE, Kenya (3000m/5000m/cross country)

Born 5 November 1984, Kapsisiywa, near Kapsabet, Nandi Dist., Rift Valley Prov., Kenya.

Lives mainly in Kapsisiywa. Trains at Global Sports camp, Kaptagat (30km east of Eldoret). Based in Nijmegen, Netherlands, during track season.

Completed Kaptel Secondary School 1999.

Engaged to be married. Daughter Lynne Jebet born 2006.

Manager: Global Sports Communications. Coaches: Patrick Sang, Joseph Chelimo

Native language: Nandi (Kalenjin). Last of five children. Parents small-scale farmers.


Eliud Kipchoge ran casually in school, never reaching even district-level competition, and began training on his own after leaving school. Entering local cross country races in 2001, he placed 2nd overall in jackpot series of competitions sponsored by Eveready, attracting the attention of manager Jos Hermens.

The following year, Kipchoge again just missed winning the cross country jackpot but he triumphed in the junior race at Kenya's trials for the 2002 World Cross Championships in Dublin, for which he was selected. But he fell ill beforehand and finished 5th. After winning the 5,000m trial for the 2002 World Junior Championships on the track he fell ill again but this time more seriously (malaria) and he did not travel to Jamaica.

After recovering, Kipchoge’s manager took him to Europe for three late-season races in which he demonstrated his  true potential - Rovereto (13:14.20 for 2nd), Berlin (13:13.03 for 9th) and Cagliari, where he won at 3000 in 7:46.34.

In 2003, Kipchoge again won Kenya's junior trials for the World Cross Country Championships and, healthy this time, he won in Lausanne after a duel with Uganda's Boniface Kiprop. He also won the Kenyan cross country series, earning a share of a 1million Kenyan shillings jackpot (Kipchoge's portion: Ksh. 250,000, equal to about 3,000 euros).

 He launched his  track season with 1500 PB in Rehlingen (3:36.17), followed by a breakthrough 3rd place at 5000m behind Kenenisa Bekele and Sammy Kipketer in Oslo (12:52.61, topping World Junior Record of countryman Philip Mosima by just over a second). Then came another sub-13 for 4th in Paris GL (12:55.52) and a surprise 3rd in Kenya's brutally competitive World Championships trials (13:25.5 at 1500 metres altitude), ahead of such established stars as Sammy Kipketer, Benjamin Limo, Richard Limo and Charles Kamathi.

The real giant-slaying came at the 2003 World Championships in Paris. In what was expected to be a duel between new world 10,000m champion Bekele and four-time 1500m champion Hicham El Guerrouj, Kipchoge was still among the eight-man lead pack when El Guerrouj launched his finishing drive with 900 metres to go. Streaking around the final turn of the 53-second last lap, Kipchoge was in second position, two metres behind the leader, when Bekele, in third, began to accelerate.

Kipchoge moved out at just the right moment, forcing Bekele wide and pulling to the shoulder of El Guerrouj. Then, in a battle reminiscent of the Sydney Olympic 1500m, Kipchoge inched ahead of the fully extended Moroccan just before the line, much as his compatriot Noah Ngeny had done three years earlier. His winning time (12:52.79) was a championship record.

Kipchoge began 2004 with three 2nd place finishes in cross country but won the Kenyan trial for the World Cross Country Championships 12 km, choosing the longer distance because he regarded the winner at that distance as the "real" World Champion, and he aimed to be nothing less. In the heavy going of Brussels, he stayed with Bekele and the Ethiopian juggernaut longer than anyone else, but wound up 4th behind their medal sweep.

Kipchoge raced sparingly before the 2004 Athens Olympics, mainly under-distance.  He set PBs at 1500 (3:33.20, 1st at Hengelo, beating all three of Kenya’s 2004 Olympic 1500 finalists) and one mile (3:50.40, 3rd in London) and recorded a solid 7:33.37 win at 3000m in Doha. He won Kenya’s Olympic trial at 5000 (13:14.0, six seconds ahead of John Kibowen) and notched a big PB win at 5000 in Rome six days later (12:46.53) ahead of all the top Ethiopians except  Bekele.

As most observers expected, the Athens 5000 final turned out to be a rematch of the brilliant three-man Paris race, this time at a slower pace that enabled miler El Guerrouj to kick away from Bekele and Kipchoge, who had to settle for bronze (13:15.10). Five days later, he took out his frustrations on the track in the Brussels GP, blasting a PB 7:27.72 for 3000m, the year’s best mark. Two weeks after that, in the World Athletics Final, he repeated the win at 3000m, this time kicking decisively off a slower pace (7:38.67).

Kipchoge began the 2005 cross country season with a gun-to-tape win against a strong field in Edinburgh and a similarly dominating performance in the 12 km race at Kenya’s World Cross Country Championships trials. Going into the Championships in St. Etienne/St. Galmier, the Kenyan was thought to have the best chance in years to defeat cross country master Bekele, who was grieving over the death of his fiancée two months earlier.

The two ran shoulder to shoulder for five of the 12km race’s six laps, but when Bekele accelerated with 2000m to go, Kipchoge could not respond, and staying with the hard driving Bekele for the first 10km cost him an almost certain silver medal as he faded to 5th.

Kipchoge ran just seven track races before the Helsinki World Championships, the best being two 3000m wins in Doha and Hengelo in May (7:28.56 and 7:30.56) and a 12:52.76 over 5000 in Rome in July. In Helsinki he faced neither of his two Paris or Athens rivals, with El Guerrouj having retired and Bekele defending his 10,000m title only. The race seemed Kipchoge’s to lose, but instead of driving from the front as he had in cross country, he uncharacteristically allowed the pace to dawdle, ignoring his own sage observation from earlier in the year, "Always in the slower races anyone can win."

A mad last-lap scramble left Kipchoge out of the medals in 4th (13:33.04), less than half a second behind the winner, his countryman Benjamin Limo. He closed out the disappointing season with a fast win in the Brussels Golden League 5000 (12:50.22) and a more modest 2nd in the World Athletics Final 3000 (7:38.95).

Kipchoge chose to forego both the World Cross Country Championships and the Commonwealth Games early in 2006, reportedly because he was unhappy with the official and unofficial reaction to his performances in St. Etienne and Helsinki. At the World Indoor Championships, in Moscow, he faced Bekele again, this time over 3000m, which seemed better suited to Kipchoge, who had just recorded a new indoor 1500 PB of 3:36.25 in Birmingham.

As it turned out, however, the Ethiopian won decisively off a slow pace (7:39.32) and 2nd went to the Kenyan-turned-Qatari Saif Saeed Shaheen, the 3000m Steeplechase world record holder. Kipchoge’s time: 7:42.58, nearly 10 seconds slower than the indoor PB (7:33.07) he had run six weeks earlier. The bronze medal was small consolation.

The nine outdoor track races Kipchoge ran in the remainder of 2006 yielded six podium finishes and a couple of times (7:30.48 and12:54.94) that would count as spectacular for a lesser runner, but they added up to an undistinguished season for the Kenyan. A brighter note came on the last day of the year at Madrid’s San Silvestre 10km road race. On a net downhill point-to-point course (55m elevation loss), Kipchoge recorded a stunning 26:54, winning a duel with newly crowned IAAF World Road Running champion, Zersenay Tadesse, of Eritrea.

Kipchoge has raced sparingly in 2007, skipping indoors altogether and running just one cross country and five track races, the most notable of which were a dazzling 10,000m debut in Hengelo (26:49.02 for 2nd, 0.3 seconds behind Sileshi Sihine) and a comfortable 3rd in the 5000 at Kenya’s trials for the World Championships (13:24.4 at 1700 m altitude). His 5000 m rivals in Osaka will have to judge whether Kipchoge has simply been laying low this year.

Kipchoge shares his name with his Nandi tribesman, Kipchoge Keino, widely seen as the founding father of Kenyan athletics. The name means "born near the grain storage shed."

Kipchoge's village, Kapsisiywa, is home to the Talai clan, from whose members come the Nandi ritual experts, known as orkoiik. Their chief traditional responsibility was to offer advice and ritual blessing for military expeditions. At the turn of the last century, the British colonial administration held the Nandi orkoiik responsible for the tribe's fierce resistance to colonial rule -- by far the most violent and protracted in the early history of the colony.

Yearly Progression

3000m/ 5000m: 2002 - 7:46.34 / 13:13.03; 2003 - 7:30.91 / 12:52.61 (WJR); 2004 - 7:27.72 / 12:46.53; 2005 – 7:28.56 / 12:50.22;  2006 – 7:30.48 / 12:54.94;  2007 – 7:33.06 /13:02.10.

Personal Bests

1500m: 3:33.20 (2004)
Mile: 3:50.40 (2004)
3000m: 7:27.72 (2004)
5000m: 12:46.53 (2004)
10,000m: 26:49.02 (2007)

Career Highlights

2002:  5th World Cross Country Championships (Juniors)
2003: 1st   World Cross Country Championships (Juniors)
2003: 1st World Championships (5000m)
2003:  1st  World Athletics Final (5000m)
2004:  4th  World Cross Country Championships
2004:  3rd  Olympic Games (5000m)
2004:  1st  World Athletics Final  (3000m)
2005:  5th  World Cross Country Championships
2005:  4th  World Championships (5000m)
2006:  3rd  World Indoor Championships (3000m)

 

Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. ©  IAAF 2007.