Athlete Profile

Robert Kipkorir Kipchumba

  • COUNTRY Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH 24 FEB 1984
Robert Kipchumba takes the tape at the EDP Lisbon Marathon (Marcelino Almeida)
Robert Kipchumba takes the tape at the EDP Lisbon Marathon (Marcelino Almeida)
  • COUNTRY Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH 24 FEB 1984


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Robert Kipkorir Kipchumba (kipCHOOMbah), Kenya (10,000m/ road races)

Born 24 February 1984, Kaptul, near Kapsowar, Marakwet Dist., Rift Valley Prov., Kenya.

Soldier; enlisted in Kenya Army 2002.

Married Rose Cherotich, 2000. Two children: Mercy Cherop (2001), Victor Kipkurui (2003).

Lives on new four-acre farm in Trans-Nzoia District. Trains in nearby Kapcherop.

Manager: Gianni Demadonna. Coach: Renato Canova

1.73m/ 53 kg. Native language: Marakwet (Kalenjin). First of five children of father’s first of two wives. Father a farmer with seven acres.

Completed Hossen Primary School 1997.

Began running in primary school. Finished 2nd in 10,000m in 1996 primary school nationals. Invited by fellow villager Paul Kosgei (World Half Marathon Champion 2002) to join training camp near Eldoret affiliated with manager Demadonna. After two years’ training (1998-99) finished 2nd in Kenya’s 2000 Junior World Cross trials, then led Kenyan sweep of junior medals in Vilamoura World Cross.

Signed by manager Demadonna at World Cross and taken to Europe for a series of small road races (he won six of seven) and two late-season track competitions (13:46.03 for 24th in the 5000 at the Brussels GL and an impressive 27:43.14 for 3rd over 10,000 in Rovereto). In October he won his second World Junior title of the year in the Santiago World Junior Championships 10,000m (28:54.37).

Hampered by a hamstring injury in 2001, he missed the World Cross trials and didn’t begin serious competition until track season, establishing new PBs at 3000 (7:44.36 for 12th in Lausanne), 5000 (13:19.76 for 2nd in San Sebastian) and 10,000 (27:25.55 for 2nd in Brussels). His 2002 season was cut short by a back injury and rather than sit idly he enlisted in the Army in August and embarked on nine months of basic training.

Back in action in mid-2003, he ran almost exclusively on the road, his best performance being a 2nd place, two seconds behind Kenenisa Bekele but ahead of an impressive field of Kenyans, in Italy’s Memorial Pepe Greco 10 km  in September.

Began 2004 with his first indoor races (13:23.56 for 4th over 5000 in Birmingham and 7:46.49 for 6th at 3000 in Athens) and in early April scored a three-minute PB in the half-marathon, winning the prestigious Stramilano in 60:21, well clear of 2003 World Half Marathon bronze medalist Martin Sulle of Tanzania. Minor injuries curtailed his track season after a 27:55.74 for 9th in Ostrava in June (behind Kenenisa’s world record). But healthy now, Kipchumba certainly seems comfortable at the half-marathon distance, and must rank among the favorites in New Delhi.

Yearly progression 5000/10,000:  2000 - 13:46.03/ 27:43.14;  2001 - 13:19.76/ 27:25.55;  2002 - 13:36.22/ 29:57.7;  2003 - 14:03.61/ 29:39.2;  2004 - 13:23.56i/ 27:55.74. Other PBs:  3000 - 7:44.36 (2001);  half-marathon - 60:21 (2004).

Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. Copyright IAAF 2003/2004.

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
3000 Metres 7:44.36 Lausanne 04 JUL 2001
5000 Metres 13:19.76 San Sebastián 18 AUG 2001
10,000 Metres 27:25.55 Bruxelles 24 AUG 2001
10 Kilometres 27:44 Rotterdam 13 SEP 2009
15 Kilometres 41:45 Debrecen 08 OCT 2006
20 Kilometres 56:21 Rotterdam 10 SEP 2006
Half Marathon 59:28 Rotterdam 10 SEP 2006
25 Kilometres 1:14:08 Rotterdam 05 APR 2009
30 Kilometres 1:28:57 Rotterdam 05 APR 2009
Marathon 2:08:07 Xiamen 02 JAN 2011
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
3000 Metres 7:46.49 Peanía 22 FEB 2004
5000 Metres 13:23.56 Birmingham 20 FEB 2004
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
3000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2001 7:44.36 Lausanne 04 JUL
5000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2002 13:36.22 Milano 05 JUN
2001 13:19.76 San Sebastián 18 AUG
2000 13:46.03 Bruxelles 25 AUG
10,000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2004 27:55.74 Ostrava 08 JUN
2001 27:25.55 Bruxelles 24 AUG
2000 27:43.14 Rovereto 30 AUG
10 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2009 27:44 Rotterdam 13 SEP
2007 28:05 Udine 14 OCT
2006 27:56 Debrecen 08 OCT
15 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2010 42:56 Den Haag 14 MAR
2009 41:53 Rotterdam 13 SEP
2007 42:39 Udine 14 OCT
2006 41:45 Debrecen 08 OCT
20 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2007 57:39 Udine 14 OCT
2006 56:21 Rotterdam 10 SEP
Half Marathon Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2011 1:00:43 Lisboa 20 MAR
2010 59:58 Den Haag 14 MAR
2009 59:32 Rotterdam 13 SEP
2008 1:00:57 Nice 20 APR
2007 1:00:47 Udine 14 OCT
2006 59:28 Rotterdam 10 SEP
2005 1:01:13 Udine 25 SEP
2004 1:00:22 Milano 03 APR
2002 1:03:22 Milano 13 APR
25 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2009 1:14:08 Rotterdam 05 APR
30 Kilometres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2009 1:28:57 Rotterdam 05 APR
Marathon Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 2:09:46 Xiamen 07 JAN
2011 2:08:07 Xiamen 02 JAN
2009 2:09:56 Rotterdam 05 APR
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
3000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2004 7:46.49 Peanía 22 FEB
5000 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2004 13:23.56 Birmingham 20 FEB
Honours - 10,000 Metres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 1 28:54.37 Santiago de Chile 17 OCT 2000
Honours - 20 Kilometres
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
1st IAAF World Road Running Championships 2 56:41 Debrecen 08 OCT 2006
Honours - Half Marathon
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
2nd IAAF World Road Running Championships 15 1:00:47 Udine 14 OCT 2007
Honours - Junior Race
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF World Cross Country Championships 6 26:00 Oostende 25 MAR 2001
28th World Cross Country Championships 1 22:49 Vilamoura 19 MAR 2000


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Robert Kipkorir Kipchumba (kipCHOOMbah), Kenya (10,000m/ road races)

Born 24 February 1984, Kaptul, near Kapsowar, Marakwet Dist., Rift Valley Prov., Kenya.

Soldier; enlisted in Kenya Army 2002.

Married Rose Cherotich, 2000. Two children: Mercy Cherop (2001), Victor Kipkurui (2003).

Lives on new four-acre farm in Trans-Nzoia District. Trains in nearby Kapcherop.

Manager: Gianni Demadonna. Coach: Renato Canova

1.73m/ 53 kg. Native language: Marakwet (Kalenjin). First of five children of father’s first of two wives. Father a farmer with seven acres.

Completed Hossen Primary School 1997.

Began running in primary school. Finished 2nd in 10,000m in 1996 primary school nationals. Invited by fellow villager Paul Kosgei (World Half Marathon Champion 2002) to join training camp near Eldoret affiliated with manager Demadonna. After two years’ training (1998-99) finished 2nd in Kenya’s 2000 Junior World Cross trials, then led Kenyan sweep of junior medals in Vilamoura World Cross.

Signed by manager Demadonna at World Cross and taken to Europe for a series of small road races (he won six of seven) and two late-season track competitions (13:46.03 for 24th in the 5000 at the Brussels GL and an impressive 27:43.14 for 3rd over 10,000 in Rovereto). In October he won his second World Junior title of the year in the Santiago World Junior Championships 10,000m (28:54.37).

Hampered by a hamstring injury in 2001, he missed the World Cross trials and didn’t begin serious competition until track season, establishing new PBs at 3000 (7:44.36 for 12th in Lausanne), 5000 (13:19.76 for 2nd in San Sebastian) and 10,000 (27:25.55 for 2nd in Brussels). His 2002 season was cut short by a back injury and rather than sit idly he enlisted in the Army in August and embarked on nine months of basic training.

Back in action in mid-2003, he ran almost exclusively on the road, his best performance being a 2nd place, two seconds behind Kenenisa Bekele but ahead of an impressive field of Kenyans, in Italy’s Memorial Pepe Greco 10 km  in September.

Began 2004 with his first indoor races (13:23.56 for 4th over 5000 in Birmingham and 7:46.49 for 6th at 3000 in Athens) and in early April scored a three-minute PB in the half-marathon, winning the prestigious Stramilano in 60:21, well clear of 2003 World Half Marathon bronze medalist Martin Sulle of Tanzania. Minor injuries curtailed his track season after a 27:55.74 for 9th in Ostrava in June (behind Kenenisa’s world record). But healthy now, Kipchumba certainly seems comfortable at the half-marathon distance, and must rank among the favorites in New Delhi.

Yearly progression 5000/10,000:  2000 - 13:46.03/ 27:43.14;  2001 - 13:19.76/ 27:25.55;  2002 - 13:36.22/ 29:57.7;  2003 - 14:03.61/ 29:39.2;  2004 - 13:23.56i/ 27:55.74. Other PBs:  3000 - 7:44.36 (2001);  half-marathon - 60:21 (2004).

Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. Copyright IAAF 2003/2004.