Daniel Kipchirchir KOMEN

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    27 NOV 1984
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    202173
Daniel Kipchirchir Komen leads from Deresse Mekonnen in the men's 1500m (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 1:47.4h Nairobi (KEN) 07 JAN 2006
1500 Metres 3:29.02 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 2006
One Mile 3:48.28 Eugene, OR (USA) 10 JUN 2007
3000 Metres 7:31.41 Doha (QAT) 06 MAY 2011
5000 Metres 13:04.02 Rabat (MAR) 06 JUN 2010
Marathon 2:14:20 Chongqing (CHN) 22 MAR 2015

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1000 Metres 2:18.19 Karlsruhe (GER) 29 JAN 2006
1500 Metres 3:33.08 Karlsruhe (GER) 13 FEB 2005
One Mile 3:53.93 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 11 FEB 2012
3000 Metres 7:37.47 Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2007
5000 Metres 13:06.27 Düsseldorf (GER) 03 FEB 2010

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2015

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Marathon 2:14:20 Chongqing (CHN) 22 MAR 2015

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 1:47.80 Naimette-Xhovémont (BEL) 16 JUL 2008

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013 3:33.05 Doha (QAT) 10 MAY 2013
2012 3:32.98 Bruxelles (BEL) 07 SEP 2012
2011 3:32.47 Nairobi (KEN) 16 JUL 2011
2010 3:32.16 Heusden-Zolder (BEL) 10 JUL 2010
2008 3:31.49 Monaco (MON) 29 JUL 2008
2007 3:31.75 Shanghai (CHN) 28 SEP 2007
2006 3:29.02 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 2006
2005 3:29.72 Berlin (GER) 04 SEP 2005
2004 3:34.66 Naimette-Xhovémont (BEL) 03 AUG 2004

Outdoor

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2013 3:51.28 London (GBR) 27 JUL 2013
2012 3:53.04 Eugene, OR (USA) 02 JUN 2012
2011 3:50.29 Eugene, OR (USA) 04 JUN 2011
2010 3:50.70 Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUL 2010
2008 3:50.95 Eugene, OR (USA) 08 JUN 2008
2007 3:48.28 Eugene, OR (USA) 10 JUN 2007
2006 3:52.41 Oslo (NOR) 02 JUN 2006
2005 3:48.49 Oslo (NOR) 29 JUL 2005
2004 3:54.02 Burnaby (CAN) 01 JUL 2004

Outdoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014 7:51.65 Székesfehérvár (HUN) 08 JUL 2014
2013 7:42.21 Zagreb (CRO) 03 SEP 2013
2012 7:44.80 Budapest (HUN) 20 AUG 2012
2011 7:31.41 Doha (QAT) 06 MAY 2011
2009 7:32.91 Doha (QAT) 08 MAY 2009
2005 7:31.98 Hengelo (NED) 29 MAY 2005
2004 8:06.38 Réduit (MRI) 18 APR 2004

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014 13:33.67 Praha (CZE) 09 JUN 2014
2012 13:09.90 Heusden-Zolder (BEL) 07 JUL 2012
2011 13:20.80 New York, NY (USA) 11 JUN 2011
2010 13:04.02 Rabat (MAR) 06 JUN 2010
2008 13:24.39 Shanghai (CHN) 20 SEP 2008
2004 13:30.89 Victoria (CAN) 11 JUN 2004
2003 13:49.20 Garoua (CMR) 03 AUG 2003

Outdoor

Marathon

Performance Place Date
2015 2:14:20 Chongqing (CHN) 22 MAR 2015

Indoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005/06 2:18.19 Karlsruhe (GER) 29 JAN 2006

Indoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012/13 3:37.99 Moskva (RUS) 03 FEB 2013
2011/12 3:36.96 Liévin (FRA) 14 FEB 2012
2010/11 3:35.16 Gent (BEL) 13 FEB 2011
2009/10 3:37.19 Gent (BEL) 14 FEB 2010
2008/09 3:34.86 Gent (BEL) 08 FEB 2009
2007/08 3:34.80 Athina (GRE) 13 FEB 2008
2006/07 3:33.69 Valencia (ESP) 10 FEB 2007
2005/06 3:34.20 Stuttgart (GER) 04 FEB 2006
2004/05 3:33.08 Karlsruhe (GER) 13 FEB 2005

Indoor

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2011/12 3:53.93 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 11 FEB 2012

Indoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009/10 7:42.71 Liévin (FRA) 05 MAR 2010
2008/09 7:37.98 Valencia (ESP) 14 FEB 2009
2007/08 7:38.58 Valencia (ESP) 09 FEB 2008
2006/07 7:37.47 Stuttgart (GER) 03 FEB 2007
2004/05 7:53.89 Peania (GRE) 20 FEB 2005

Indoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009/10 13:06.27 Düsseldorf (GER) 03 FEB 2010
2008/09 13:29.44 Praha (CZE) 26 FEB 2009

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 1500 Metres 3:38.54 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008
2. 1500 Metres 3:42.55 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 3:37.96 Stuttgart (GER) 23 SEP 2007
5. 1500 Metres 3:33.72 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 3:34.09 Berlin (GER) 16 SEP 2007
1. 1500 Metres 3:32.67 Bruxelles (BEL) 14 SEP 2007
1. 1500 Metres 3:29.02 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 2006
1. 1500 Metres 3:29.72 Berlin (GER) 04 SEP 2005
1. 1500 Metres 3:31.13 Bruxelles (BEL) 26 AUG 2005
1. 1500 Metres 3:30.49 Zürich (SUI) 19 AUG 2005
1. 1500 Metres 3:30.01 Paris (FRA) 01 JUL 2005

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 5000 Metres 13:49.20 Garoua (CMR) 03 AUG 2003
Results in:

Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
22 MAR 2015 Chongqing Marathon CHNCHN E F 4. 2:14:20


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Updated 4 March 2008


Daniel Kipchirchir KOMEN, Kenya (1500m)

Born: 27 Nov. 1984, Chemorgong, Sirwa Division, Koibatek Dist., Rift Valley Prov., Kenya.

Lives mainly in Chemorgong. Training base: IAAF High Altitude Training Centre, Eldoret.

Manager:  Golazo Sports.

1.75m / 50kg.  Native language: Lembus (Kalenjin). Sixth of nine children. Father a farmer with 21 acres. Older brother ran competitively in primary school.

Completed Timboroa High School 2003.


Daniel Kipchirchir Komen competed casually in primary school, though he ran 2 km to and from school four times a day. Prompted to run in high school by bullying prefects who forced all boarders, especially those in Form 1, out for morning runs, he ran hard to avoid the prefects’ harassment and found he had talent.

Inspired by the achievement of Noah Ngeny at the Sydney Olympics (1500m gold medal), Komen began training and reached provincial level in schools competition in Forms 1 and 2 in both 1500m and steeplechase, finishing just behind current internationals Mike Kipyego and Brimin Kipruto. But he missed most of Form 3 for lack of school fees. Without competition, he neglected his running.

Resuming classes and training in Form 4, Komen finished 5th in national schools cross country. He was invited to join a select school holiday training camp at St. Patrick’s High School, Iten, where he met Coach Ngure of the IAAF High Altitude Training Camp. Back at school, he persuaded the headmaster to allow him to enter trials for 2003 African Junior Championships. He finished 2nd at 5000m (13:57) behind Bernard Chepkok and earned a trip to Cameroon, where he was again 2nd (13:49.26), this time behind Uganda’s future Commonwealth 10,000 champion Boniface Kiprop.

Invited to join IAAF High Altitude Training Centre by Coach Ngure, Komen signed with British manager Christopher Gower early in 2004 and ran nine races that summer in Canada and Europe over 1500 and 5000. Highlights were a PB victory at 1500 (3:34.66) in Liege in early August and another PB over 5000 (13:16.26 for 3rd) a month later in Rovereto.

Hoping for access to bigger GP races, Komen switched managers in January 2005. He emerged as major talent on the European indoor circuit with four wins and a 2nd in five major races at 1500 and 3000 (including indoor PBs 3:33.08 in Karlsruhe and 7:53.89 in Athens). Outdoors, the wins continued: Doha (3:30.77 PB), Hengelo (7:31.98 PB), Seville (3:31.46), Paris (3:30.01 PB) and a decisive victory in Kenya’s World Championships trials (3:36.75). He slipped somewhat in his next two races, being outkicked in Rome (3:30.37) by Bahrain’s Rashid Ramzi and in Oslo (3:48.49 for 1 mile) by Bernard Lagat and newly minted Qatari Dahame Najem Bashir (formerly David Nyaga of Kenya).

Going into the Helsinki World Championships, however, in the absence of the 1500’s two recently dominant figures, Hicham El Guerrouj and Lagat, Komen was among the favourites. Unfortunately, he ran cautiously in his heat and was caught in a blanket finish (the first six crossed the line within 0.27 sec. of each other). Five qualified automatically for the semi-final; Komen was 6th and out.

Komen exacted some revenge by defeating two of the Helsinki medallists and nearly all of the finalists as he won the three big Golden League races that followed the World Championships—Zurich (3:30.49), Brussels (3:31.13) and Berlin (3:29.72—the second fastest mark of 2005). But with big money on the line at the World Athletics Final, in Monaco, he again ran cautiously and was again caught in a blanket finish; five crossed the line in 0.22sec., with Komen 5th.

In 2006 Komen showed he had learned something, though perhaps not enough, from these losses. Undefeated in three indoor appearances, he entered the Moscow World Indoor Championships ranked 1st at 1500 by the IAAF. He took the lead in the final and jogged through the first 800 before cranking up the tempo. He seemed not to have realised that Ukrainian Ivan Heshko had moved into second position. Known for his last-lap acceleration, Heshko blasted past with 100 metres to go and took the gold (3:42.08); Komen settled for silver (3:42.55).

Outdoors, he competed in six GPs and made the podium four times, including a big win in Rome in the year’s fastest time (PB 3:29.02), defeating, among others, Heshko and double world champ Rashid Ramzi. But in the unrabbited World Athletics Final, he again got lost in the scramble (3:34.77 for 10th).

Komen began the 2007 outdoor season with a superb early win in the Prefontaine mile (PB 3:48.28), beating Lagat and Kenyan teammates Shadrack Korir and Eliud Kipchoge. He also ran well in Athens (2nd in 3:32.44), and qualified for the Kenyan World Championships team with a comfortable 3rd in the trials (3:36.4 at 1700m altitude). But, in Osaka, he barely advanced out of his heat and then was tripped up on the home stretch of his semi-final, jogging in a dismal 10th. The disappointment seemed to motivate him. Twelve days later, in Zurich, he finished a creditable 3rd in the unpaced 1500, and from then on was unbeatable, winning Brussels, Berlin, Shanghai (3:31.75) and the unrabbited World Athletics Final (3:37.96), and earning No. 1 world ranking from Track & Field News.

In 2008 he warmed up for the World Indoor Championship in Valencia with three races in mid-February: a 3000 in Valencia (4th in 7:38.58), and two 1500s. In Athens he won comfortably in the season’s best time, 3:34.80, beating team-mate Suleiman Simotwo, and in Birmingham he finished second ahead of a quality field, losing only to Lagat, who will not be competing in Valencia. So once again Komen comes into a major championship as one of the favourites and has another chance to show that he has finally learned how to cope with unpaced races.


The name Kipchirchir means born in the midst of a rush or commotion. Daniel is no relation either to sometime teammate Alex Kipchirchir or to multiple world record setter Daniel Kipngetich Komen.

Komen’s native district Koibatek, formerly part of Baringo District, lies at the junction of the territories of four Kalenjin subgroups—the Tugen, the Nandi, the Kipsigis and the Keiyo. Many residents are of mixed ancestry and speak a dialect that combines elements of the four. Komen’s grandparents on both sides hail from Nandi.


Personal Bests

1500m: 3:29.02 (2006)
One Mile: 3:48.28 (2007)
3000m: 7:31.98 (2005)
5000m: 13:16.26 (2004)


Yearly Progression

1500/ 3000/ 5000:  2003: --/--/13:49.26; 2004: 3:34.66/--/13:16.26; 2005: 3:29.72 / 7:31.98/--; 2006: 3:29.02/--/--; 2007: 3:31.75/ 7:37.47i/--; 2008: 3:34.80i/7:38.51i.


Career HIghlights 
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2005: 6th - World Athletics Final (1500)
2006: 2nd – World Indoor Championships (1500)
2006 10th – World Athletics Final (1500)
2007: 1st – World Athletics Final (1500)


Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008.

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