Benjamin Kipkoech Limo

Athlete Profile

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

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
1500 Metres 3:37.59 01 JAN 1999
3000 Metres 7:28.67 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 04 AUG 1999
Two Miles 8:10.59 Eugene, OR 28 MAY 2006
5000 Metres 12:54.99 Paris Saint-Denis 04 JUL 2003
10,000 Metres 27:42.43 Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion) 31 MAY 2004
10 Kilometres 28:00 Mobile, AL 23 MAR 2002
Half Marathon 1:02:01 Philadelphia, PA 20 SEP 2009
Marathon 2:12:46 Amsterdam 19 OCT 2008

Progression - Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005 3:38.1 Nairobi 07 MAY
1999 3:37.59 01 JAN

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 7:50.04 Zagreb 04 JUL
2006 7:34.97 Réthimno 21 JUL
2005 7:29.60 Doha 13 MAY
2003 7:33.13 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 05 SEP
2002 7:34.72 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 19 JUL
2001 7:33.10 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 20 JUL
2000 7:37.73 Nice 08 JUL
1999 7:28.67 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 04 AUG
1998 7:41.95 Caorle 13 JUN

Two Miles

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

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 13:16.66 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 13 JUL
2006 12:58.29 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 14 JUL
2005 12:55.26 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 26 AUG
2004 13:31.25 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 02 JUL
2003 12:54.99 Paris Saint-Denis 04 JUL
2002 12:57.24 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 12 JUL
2001 12:59.53 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 29 JUN
2000 12:55.82 Oslo (Bislett) 28 JUL
1999 12:55.86 Zürich 11 AUG
1998 13:07.38 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 14 JUL

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004 27:42.43 Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion) 31 MAY

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2005 28:29 Berkane 28 MAR
2002 28:00 Mobile, AL 23 MAR

Half Marathon

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

Marathon

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

Honours - 3000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final 4 7:40.22 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 09 SEP 2005
1st IAAF World Athletics Final 6 7:44.25 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 13 SEP 2003
18th IAAF Grand Prix Final 6 8:34.85 Paris (Charléty) 14 SEP 2002
17th IAAF Grand Prix Final 4 7:54.46 Melbourne 09 SEP 2001
IAAF Grand Prix Final 1 7:36.32 München (Olympiastadion) 11 SEP 1999

Honours - 5000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 15 14:01.25 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 02 SEP 2007
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 1 13:32.55 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 14 AUG 2005
7th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 12:58.72 Sevilla (La Cartuja) 28 AUG 1999

Honours - Short Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
34th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 4 11:00 Fukuoka 01 APR 2006
31st IAAF World Cross Country Championships 3 11:06 Lausanne 29 MAR 2003
IAAF World Cross Country Championships 3 12:43 Oostende 24 MAR 2001
27th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 1 12:28 Belfast 27 MAR 1999
IAAF World Cross Country Championships 4 10:59 Marrakech 21 MAR 1998


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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.

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