Benjamin LIMO

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    23 AUG 1974
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    132786
Benjamin Limo wins the men's 5000m (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1500 Metres 3:37.59 Cottbus (GER) 26 MAY 1999
3000 Metres 7:28.67 Monaco (MON) 04 AUG 1999
Two Miles 8:10.59 Eugene, OR (USA) 28 MAY 2006
5000 Metres 12:54.99 Paris (FRA) 04 JUL 2003
10,000 Metres 27:42.43 Hengelo (NED) 31 MAY 2004
10 Kilometres 28:00 Mobile, AL (USA) 23 MAR 2002
10 Miles Road 47:56 Amsterdam (NED) 21 SEP 2008
Half Marathon 1:02:01 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 20 SEP 2009
Marathon 2:12:46 Amsterdam (NED) 19 OCT 2008

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2009

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
10 Kilometres 28:53 San Juan (PUR) 01 MAR 2009
Half Marathon 1:02:01 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 20 SEP 2009
Marathon 2:14:38 Los Angeles, CA (USA) 25 MAY 2009

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
1999 3:37.59 Cottbus (GER) 26 MAY 1999

Outdoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 7:50.04 Zagreb (CRO) 04 JUL 2007
2006 7:34.97 Rethymno (GRE) 21 JUL 2006
2005 7:29.60 Doha (QAT) 13 MAY 2005
2003 7:33.13 Bruxelles (BEL) 05 SEP 2003
2002 7:34.72 Monaco (MON) 19 JUL 2002
2001 7:33.10 Monaco (MON) 20 JUL 2001
2000 7:37.73 Nice (FRA) 08 JUL 2000
1999 7:28.67 Monaco (MON) 04 AUG 1999
1998 7:41.95 Caorle (ITA) 13 JUN 1998

Outdoor

Two Miles

Performance Place Date
2007 8:15.90 Eugene, OR (USA) 10 JUN 2007
2006 8:10.59 Eugene, OR (USA) 28 MAY 2006

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 13:16.66 Roma (ITA) 13 JUL 2007
2006 12:58.29 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 2006
2005 12:55.26 Bruxelles (BEL) 26 AUG 2005
2004 13:31.25 Roma (ITA) 02 JUL 2004
2003 12:54.99 Paris (FRA) 04 JUL 2003
2002 12:57.24 Roma (ITA) 12 JUL 2002
2001 12:59.53 Roma (ITA) 29 JUN 2001
2000 12:55.82 Oslo (NOR) 28 JUL 2000
1999 12:55.86 Zürich (SUI) 11 AUG 1999
1998 13:07.38 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 1998

Outdoor

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004 27:42.43 Hengelo (NED) 31 MAY 2004

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2009 28:53 San Juan (PUR) 01 MAR 2009
2005 28:30 Berkane (MAR) 27 MAR 2005
2004 28:27 Charleston, SC (USA) 04 APR 2004
2002 28:00 Mobile, AL (USA) 23 MAR 2002
2001 28:38 Houilles (FRA) 30 DEC 2001

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2009 1:02:01 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 20 SEP 2009

Outdoor

Marathon

Performance Place Date
2009 2:14:38 Los Angeles, CA (USA) 25 MAY 2009
2008 2:12:46 Amsterdam (NED) 19 OCT 2008

Outdoor

10 Miles Road

Performance Place Date
2008 47:56 Amsterdam (NED) 21 SEP 2008

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 5000 Metres 13:32.55 Helsinki (FIN) 14 AUG 2005
2. 5000 Metres 12:58.72 Sevilla (ESP) 28 AUG 1999

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Short Race 12:28 Belfast (GBR) 27 MAR 1999
3. Short Race 11:06 Lausanne (SUI) 29 MAR 2003
3. Short Race 12:43 Ostende (BEL) 24 MAR 2001
4. Short Race 11:00 Fukuoka (JPN) 01 APR 2006
4. Short Race 10:59 Marrakesh (MAR) 21 MAR 1998

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 5000 Metres 13:32.10 Radés (TUN) 10 AUG 2002

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. 5000 Metres 13:41.68 Abuja (NGR) 15 OCT 2003

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 3000 Metres 7:40.22 Monaco (MON) 09 SEP 2005
6. 3000 Metres 7:44.25 Monaco (MON) 13 SEP 2003

Honours - Grand Prix Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 3000 Metres 7:36.32 München (GER) 11 SEP 1999

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 5000 Metres 13:02.34 Paris (FRA) 05 JUL 2002
1. 5000 Metres 12:57.50 Oslo (NOR) 28 JUN 2002
1. 5000 Metres 12:59.54 Berlin (GER) 07 SEP 1999

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 5000 Metres 13:13.57 Manchester (GBR) 31 JUL 2002
3. 5000 Metres 13:05.30 Melbourne (AUS) 20 MAR 2006

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 5000 Metres 13:23.3h Nairobi (KEN) 18 JUN 2005
1. 5000 Metres 13:37.57 Nairobi (KEN) 21 JUN 2002
Results in:

10 Kilometres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
01 MAR 2009 San Juan World's Best 10K PURPUR B F1 15. 28:53

Half Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
20 SEP 2009 Philadelphia Distance Run USAUSA C F 3. 1:02:01

Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
25 MAY 2009 Los Angeles Marathon USAUSA D F 6. 2:14:38


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Updated 30/03/2006

Benjamin Kipkoech LIMO (LEE-moh), Kenya (3000m/ 5000m, cross)

Born 23 August 1974, Chepkongony, near Kaptagat, Rift Valley Province, Kenya

Lives mainly in Chepkongony. Senior Sapper, Kenya Army.  1.80m / 65 kg

Married Margaret Maiyo 1999. Children: Marion Jepkemoi (b 1998), Diana Jeruto (b 2000), Sharon Jerotich (b 2002), Tony Kigen (b 2005).

Finished three years of secondary at Chebara and Lelboinet High Schools.

Manager: Ricky Simms (PACE).

Native language: Keiyo (Kalenjin).  Third of nine children of peasant farmers.

Ran middle distances in secondary school with some success, reaching provincial schools championships in 1500m. Enlisted in Kenya Army in 1993 after third year of secondary school, having impressed recruiters with his running. After basic training, hoped to join Army’s full-time athletes, but injured in bus accident shortly before tryout. Took combat engineering course instead and finally joined ranks of full-time athletes in may 1996, training at Army’s Ngong Base outside Nairobi.

Earned spot on Kenya’s 1998 World Cross team and signed by manager Kim McDonald. On first trip outside Kenya, finished 4th in inaugural World Cross 4k race in Marrakech. After half a dozen Grand Prix appearances (including PBs 13:07.38 and 7:41.95), he established himself as one of Kenya’s leading 5000m men. In 1999, in the absence of injured defending champion John Kibowen, Limo won the World Cross 4k in Belfast and went on to a distinguished GP season (new PBs of 7:28.67 and 12:55.86 – one of four sub-13s for the year), culminating in a silver medal at the Seville World Championships, where he charged from 4th to 2nd on the home straight and ran out of track before reaching leader Salah Hissou (12:58.72 to 12:58.18).

Missed all of cross country and much of track season in 2000 with injuries, and saw comparatively limited action in 2001 as well (World Cross 4k bronze, but failed to make Kenya’s team for the Edmonton World Championships). Sufficiently recovered by 2002 to win 5000m silver in both the Manchester Commonwealth Games and the African Championships in Tunisia and finish 1st or 2nd in the event in four Golden League meets.

2003 saw another World Cross 4k bronze, as former champs Limo and Kibowen made a determined but unsuccessful run at the newly dominant Kenenisa Bekele. Set a PB (12:54.99) finishing 3rd in Paris GL 5000, but once again failed to make Kenya’s World Championships team.

2004 was almost entirely wiped out by injury, but the long rest led to resurgence in 2005. In May he came within half a second of his six-year-old 1500m PB (3:38.1) in the Kenyan Armed Forces Championships and dipped under 7:30 (7:29.60) for 3000m in the Doha GP. The next month he finished a close 2nd (13:11.5) to Isaac Songok’s remarkable altitude time of 13:11.1 (the Kenya all-comers record) in the World Championships trials. Then in Helsinki he put his years of experience and remarkably youthful acceleration to good use, content to jog with the cautious lead pack before storming past the favorites in the final 100m to win (13:32.55) – much the same approach that had brought him up just short in Seville six years earlier.

Limo’s first aim in 2006 was to add the Commonwealth Games 5000m gold to his World Championship. He wasn’t quite ready to match the relentless pace set by his teammate Augustine Choge and wound up settling for bronze (13:05.30), but he now joins Choge and Songok in mounting the most formidable challenge Kenenisa has yet faced in the World Cross 4k.

Yearly progression (3000/ 5000):  1998 – 7:41.95/ 13:07.38;  1999 – 7:28.67/ 12:55.86;  2000 – 7:37.73/ 12:55.82;  2001 – 7:33.10/ 12:59.53;  2002 – 7:34.72/ 12:57.24;  2003 – 7:33.13/ 12:54.99;  2004 - --/ 13:31.25;  2005 – 7:29.60/ 12:55.26;  2006 - --/ 13:05.30.

Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF. © 2006 IAAF.