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.