|1500 Metres||3:33.20||Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion)||31 MAY 2004|
|One Mile||3:50.40||London (Crystal Palace)||30 JUL 2004|
|3000 Metres||7:27.66||Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim)||06 MAY 2011|
|Two Miles||8:07.68||Eugene, OR||04 JUN 2005|
|5000 Metres||12:46.53||Roma (Stadio Olimpico)||02 JUL 2004|
|10,000 Metres||26:49.02||Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion)||26 MAY 2007|
|10 Kilometres||28:11||Utrecht||27 SEP 2009|
|15 Kilometres||43:02||Barcelona||17 FEB 2013|
|20 Kilometres||57:12||Barcelona||17 FEB 2013|
|Half Marathon||59:25||Lille||01 SEP 2012|
|25 Kilometres||1:13:13||Berlin||29 SEP 2013|
|30 Kilometres||1:27:13||London||24 APR 2016|
|Marathon||2:03:05||London||24 APR 2016|
|1500 Metres||3:36.25||Birmingham (NIA), GBR||18 FEB 2006|
|3000 Metres||7:29.37||Stuttgart (Schleyer Halle)||05 FEB 2011|
|Two Miles||8:07.39||Birmingham (NIA), GBR||18 FEB 2012|
|5000 Metres||12:55.72||Düsseldorf||11 FEB 2011|
|2010||3:38.36||Shanghai (SS)||23 MAY|
|2007||3:39.98||Eugene, OR||10 JUN|
|2005||3:33.80||London (Crystal Palace)||22 JUL|
|2004||3:33.20||Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion)||31 MAY|
|2007||3:57.19||Eugene, OR||10 JUN|
|2004||3:50.40||London (Crystal Palace)||30 JUL|
|2012||7:31.40||Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim)||11 MAY|
|2011||7:27.66||Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim)||06 MAY|
|2004||7:27.72||Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion)||03 SEP|
|2003||7:30.91||Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion)||05 SEP|
|2011||8:16.74||Eugene (Hayward Field), OR||04 JUN|
|2006||8:12.29||Eugene, OR||28 MAY|
|2005||8:07.68||Eugene, OR||04 JUN|
|2012||12:55.34||Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France)||06 JUL|
|2011||12:59.01||Monaco (Stade Louis II)||22 JUL|
|2010||12:51.21||Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim)||14 MAY|
|2007||12:50.38||Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion)||14 SEP|
|2006||12:54.94||Roma (Stadio Olimpico)||14 JUL|
|2005||12:50.22||Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion)||26 AUG|
|2004||12:46.53||Roma (Stadio Olimpico)||02 JUL|
|2002||13:13.03||Berlin (Olympiastadion)||06 SEP|
|2012||27:11.93||Eugene (Hayward Field), OR||01 JUN|
|2011||26:53.27||Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion)||16 SEP|
|2008||26:54.32||Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion)||24 MAY|
|2007||26:49.02||Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion)||26 MAY|
|2015||43:11||Ras Al Khaimah||13 FEB|
|2015||57:39||Ras Al Khaimah||13 FEB|
|2015||1:00:50||Ras Al Khaimah||13 FEB|
|2014||1:13:42||Chicago, IL||12 OCT|
|2014||1:28:46||Chicago, IL||12 OCT|
|2014||2:04:11||Chicago, IL||12 OCT|
|2006||3:36.25||Birmingham (NIA), GBR||18 FEB|
|2011||7:29.37||Stuttgart (Schleyer Halle)||05 FEB|
|2010||7:32.99||Stuttgart (Schleyer Halle)||06 FEB|
|2012||8:07.39||Birmingham (NIA), GBR||18 FEB|
|IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final||9||8:07.26||Thessaloníki||12 SEP 2009|
|5th IAAF World Athletics Final||6||7:50.93||Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion)||22 SEP 2007|
|4th IAAF World Athletics Final||7||7:41.46||Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion)||09 SEP 2006|
|11th IAAF World Indoor Championships||3||7:42.58||Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion)||12 MAR 2006|
|3rd IAAF World Athletics Final||2||7:38.95||Monaco (Stade Louis II)||09 SEP 2005|
|2nd IAAF World Athletics Final||1||7:38.67||Monaco (Stade Louis II)||18 SEP 2004|
|13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics||7||13:27.27||Daegu (DS)||04 SEP 2011|
|12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics||5||13:18.95||Berlin (Olympiastadion)||23 AUG 2009|
|6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final||5||13:24.13||Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion)||14 SEP 2008|
|The XXIX Olympic Games||2||13:02.80||Beijing (National Stadium)||23 AUG 2008|
|5th IAAF World Athletics Final||5||13:40.49||Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion)||23 SEP 2007|
|11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics||2||13:46.00||Osaka (Nagai Stadium)||02 SEP 2007|
|4th IAAF World Athletics Final||f||DNS||Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion)||10 SEP 2006|
|10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics||4||13:33.04||Helsinki (Olympic Stadium)||14 AUG 2005|
|28th Olympic Games||3||13:15.10||Athína (Olympic Stadium)||28 AUG 2004|
|1st IAAF World Athletics Final||1||13:23.34||Monaco (Stade Louis II)||14 SEP 2003|
|9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics||1||12:52.79||Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France)||31 AUG 2003|
|IAAF World Half Marathon Championships||6||1:01:52||Kavarna||06 OCT 2012|
|The XXXI Olympic Games||1||2:08:44||Rio de Janeiro (Sambódromo)||21 AUG 2016|
|31st IAAF World Cross Country Championships||1||22:47||Lausanne||30 MAR 2003|
|30th IAAF/Sport Ireland World Cross Country Championships||5||23:39||Dublin||24 MAR 2002|
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Updated 2 August 2016
Eliud KIPCHOGE, Kenya (3000m/5000m/Cross Country Marathon)
Born 5 November 1984, Kapsisiywa, near Kapsabet, Nandi County, Rift Valley Prov., Kenya
Trains at Global Sports camp, Kaptagat (30km east of Eldoret).
Completed Kaptel Secondary School in 1999.
Manager: Jos Hermens
Coach: Patrick Sang
Last born of five children. Parents small-scale farmers.
Eliud Kipchoge goes to Rio with one goal in mind: to get the only medal missing from his impressive collection.
With a bronze from 2004 and silver from Beijing four years later, in Rio the two-time London Marathon champion will have probably the last chance of completing his set of medals of an otherwise glittering career spanning 15 years.
“I’m happy to be given a chance to participate in marathon at the Olympics. This will be crucial to me since I have never won gold in the Olympics; it’s more than important,” the two-time London Marathon champion says.
Few athletes boats the range of ability that Kipchoge possesses. A 3:33.20 man in 1500m, 12:46.53 in 5000m, 26:49.02 in 10,000m and 2:03:05 in the marathon, he is quite possibly the most versatile athlete currently competing.
From when he burst onto the scene as an 18-year old back at the World Championships in Paris 13 years ago, Kipchoge has shown great an indomitable spirit as he charted his career path with unerring precision.
It however all looked so bleak after he failed to make the team for the London Olympic Games four years ago.
Kipchoge had nightmare trials, finishing seventh (27:11.93) at the 10,000m Kenyan Trial at the IAAF Diamond League Meeting in Eugene and three weeks later, he came seventh in the 5000m race at the trials in 13:25.47 to miss out on a third Olympics.
But every cloud has a silver lining and it was the events of June 2012 that informed him it was time to move onto the road.
His return of success in the 42km distance has been remarkable, winning six of the seven marathons that he started. In April 2016, he became the second fastest man of all time after clocking 2:03:05 to win London Marathon.
“Everything I had was gone and I needed to look ahead. This is life, you have to accept outcomes whether they are bad or good and you have to know there are ups and downs. I had hope I will make it again and so I focused on the future and it paid off,” he stressed.
Rio will be different, because for the first time in his career, Kipchoge goes into an Olympics as the overwhelming favourite to win. Previously, he always had to contend with a certain Kenenisa Bekele, but his incredible win in London Marathon this year installed him as the man to beat in Brazil.
Not that being favourite matters to him.
“I’m going to approach it carefully and I’m not going to underrate anyone because you never know what will happen. In this Olympics everyone wants to win a gold medal.”
Winning gold would be the cherry on an incredible career.
Eliud Kipchoge ran casually in school, never reaching even district-level competition, and began training on his own after leaving school. Entering local cross country races in 2001, he placed 2nd overall in a jackpot series of competitions, attracting the attention of manager Jos Hermens.
The following year, Kipchoge again just missed winning the cross country jackpot but he triumphed in the junior race at Kenya's trials for the 2002 World Cross Championships in Dublin, for which he was selected. But he fell ill beforehand and finished 5th. After winning the 5,000m trial for the 2002 World Junior Championships on the track, he fell ill again, but this time more seriously (malaria) and he did not travel to Jamaica.
After recovering, Kipchoge’s manager took him to Europe for three late-season races in which he demonstrated his true potential.
In 2003, Kipchoge again won Kenya's junior trials for the World Cross Country Championships and, healthy this time, he won in Lausanne after a duel with Uganda's Boniface Kiprop. He also won the Kenyan cross country series, earning a share of a 1million Kenyan shillings jackpot (Kipchoge's portion: Ksh. 250,000, equal to about 3,000 euros).
Moving to the track, he dipped under the 13 minute barrier a couple of times, including for third place finish in Oslo (12:52.61) before making the Kenyan team for the 2003 World Championships in Paris.
It was here that he stunned the world by beating pre race favourites, four-time 1500m World champion Hicham El Guerrouj and new World 10,000m champion Kenenisa Bekele to win gold in the 5000 metres.
While Guerrouj made his move with Bekele in hot pursuit, Kipchoge’s late burst was enough for him to pip the Moroccan on the line and win in a Championships record time of 12:52.79.
In 2004, Kipchoge graduated to the senior 12km race at the World Cross, but could not repeat the heroics of Paris as Bekele won the Cross double while Kipchoge could only manage fourth place in Brussels behind a podium sweep by Ethiopians.
Disappointed, he turned his attention to the track setting a personal best in 1500m (3:33.20 in Hengelo). He returned to Kenya in June, where he won the Olympic Trials in Nairobi, before returning to the European circuit, setting two more PBs, in 5000m (12:46.53 in Rome) and the mile (3:50.40 in London).
He made his first appearance at the Olympics in Athens, in a rematch of the brilliant three-man Paris 5000m final. This time round though, Guerrouj was too strong in the final lap, with Kipchoge settling for bronze in 13:15.10.
Five days later, he took out his frustrations on the track in the Brussels GP, blasting a seasonal best 7:27.72 for 3000m, the year’s best mark. Two weeks after that, in the World Athletics Final, he repeated the win at 3000m, this time kicking decisively off a slower pace (7:38.67).
A dominating performance in the 12 km to win the Kenyan trials for the 2005 World Cross saw him lead the team in St Etienne/St. Galmier, where Kipchoge was thought to have the best chance in years to defeat cross country master Bekele, who was grieving over the death of his fiancée two months earlier. The two ran shoulder to shoulder for five of the 12km race’s six laps, but when Bekele accelerated with 2000m to go, Kipchoge could not respond, and staying with the hard driving Bekele for the first 10km cost him an almost certain silver medal as he faded to fifth.
At the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Kipchoge faced neither of his two Paris or Athens rivals, with El Guerrouj having retired and Bekele defending his 10,000m title only. The Kenyan was favourite to win a second World title, but with a decidedly slow pace, he struggled to get going as Benjamin Limo won gold while he finished fourth in 13:33.04.
He closed out the disappointing season with a fast win in the Brussels Golden League 5000 (12:50.22) and a more modest 2nd in the World Athletics Final 3000 (7:38.95).
Kipchoge chose to forego both the World Cross Country Championships and the Commonwealth Games early in 2006 but competed at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow, where he was up against Bekele again, this time over 3000m, which seemed better suited to Kipchoge, who had just recorded a new indoor 1500 PB of 3:36.25 in Birmingham. However, he had to make do with a bronze (7:42.58) as the Ethiopian took gold.
The highlights of an underwhelming season were 7:30.48 in 3000m and a 12:54.94 in 5000m.
Kipchoge raced sparingly in 2007, skipping indoors altogether and running just one cross country and five track races before the World Championships in Japan, the most notable of which were a dazzling 10,000m debut in Hengelo (26:49.02).
At the trials for Osaka, Kipchoge was third, making the Kenyan team for the World Championships. In the final, he was again undone by a slow pace, which saw Bernard Langat edge him out for gold with Kipchoge settling for silver in 13:46.00.
Two cross country race in Europe opened 2008 for Kipchoge, before his track debut in Doha (3,000m, 7:33.14), followed by 13:02.06 in 5000m in Ostrava in early June. A second place at the Kenyan Olympic trials gave him a second bite of the cherry in Beijing.
In the 5000m final, Kipchoge was again up against his nemesis Bekele and he again came up short, finishing second in 13:02.80.
2009 was another underwhelming year. Kipchoge started his track season in Doha with a fast 3000m (7:28.37). He timed a seasonal best in 5000m (12:56.46) in June in Milan before finishing third at the trials for the Berlin World Championships. In Berlin, he faded to fifth (13:18.95) as Bekele again triumphed.
A blistering 12:51.21 in Doha in May 2010 was the highlight of a low-key year, where he took silver at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.
After a sizzling start, with a victory at the Edinburgh cross in early January and indoor PBs at 3000m (7:29.37) and 5000m (12.55.72) in less than a week in February, 2011 was another unremarkable year, in which he could only manage seventh place in 13:27.27 at the Daegu World Championships – his worst career placing at major championships.
Then came the nadir in 2012, where Kipchoge failed to make the Olympics team in both 5,000m and 10,000m.
However, a sign of where he was headed came in September, when he clocked 59:25 in his debut half marathon on the way to finishing third in Lille.
That performance was enough for him to be included in the team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Bulgaria, where he finished sixth in 61:52.
Kipchoge shifted his focus entirely to road running from 2013. A 60:04 half marathon started his season in February and in April he made his marathon debut in Hamburg, winning in 2:05:30. He improved his time to 2:04:05 in September as he chased Wilson Kipsang, who set the World record at Berlin marathon. It would be his only defeat so far at the distance.
Kipchoge started 2014 with a 60:52 timing to win the half marathon in Barcelona in February. He followed it by winning the Amsterdam marathon in 2:05:00 in April.
In October in Chicago, Kipchoge came up against his long-time nemesis, Kenenisa Bekele - competing in just his second marathon. Determined to get one over the Ethiopian, the Kenyan ran a tactful race to get only his second win over Bekele in his career in 2:04:11.
Now firmly established among the top marathoners in the world, Kipchoge clocked 60:50 in the half marathon at Ras Al Khaimah in February 2015.
He then proceeded to London, where he produced another masterful performance to defeat a world-class field that included Kipsang and World record holder Dennis Kimetto and win the race on his London debut in a time of 2:04:42.
In September, he was back in Berlin for a crack at the World record. However, a mishap with his shoes, after his insoles came off almost on the onset, saw the affable Kenyan run most of the race with the insoles flapping around his ankles and put paid top his record attempt as he won in a PB 2:04:00.
When Kipchoge lined up for his second London Marathon in April 2016, he was the overwhelming favourite and he responded with a dominant win. He winded up the pace throughout the race, dropping his opponents with ease to win in 2:03:05, just eight seconds outside the World record.
Kipchoge put his head in his hands immediately after finishing, but afterwards said he was not too disappointed by missing out on a World record.
“I realised I was a few seconds off the World record. It was not really a disappointment.”
His inclusion in the Kenyan Olympics team was a no brainer and he has been tasked with becoming only the second Kenyan to win the Olympic gold after Samuel Wanjiru in 2008.
“It will take a lot of time, sacrifices, perseverance and patience to win Olympics gold, if you watch what the late Wanjiru did. I’m sorry Wanjiru died before he fully celebrated his performance. It takes a lot of time,” he added.
1500m: 3:33.20 (2004)
3000m: 7:27.66 (2011)
5000m: 12:46.53 (2004)
10,000m: 26:49.02 (2007)
Half Marathon: 59:25 (2012)
Marathon: 2:03:05 (2016)
3000m: 2002-7:46.34; 2003-7:30.91; 2004-7:27.72; 2005-7:28.56; 2006-7:30.48; 2007-7:33.06; 2008-7:33.14; 2009-7:28.37; 2011-7:27.66; 2012-7:31.40
5000m: 2001-13:48.0; 2002-13:13.03; 2003-12:52.61; 2004-12:46.53; 2005-12:50.22; 2006-12:54.94; 2007-12:50.38; 2008-13:02.06; 2009-12:56.46; 2010-12:51.21; 2011-12:59.01; 2012-12:55.34
10,000m: 2007-26:49.02; 2008-26:54.32; 2011-26:53.27; 2012-27:11.93
Half Marathon: 2012-59:25; 2013-60:04; 2014-60:52; 2015-60:50
Marathon: 2013-2:04:05; 2014-2:04:11; 2015-2:04:00; 2016-2:03:05
2002 5th World Cross Country Championships (Juniors), Dublin
2003 1st World Cross Country Championships (Juniors), Lausanne
2003 1st World Championships, Paris (5000m)
2003 1st World Athletics Final, Monaco (5000m)
2004 4th World Cross Country Championships, Brussels
2004 3rd Olympic Games, Athens (5000m)
2004 1st World Athletics Final, Monaco (3000m)
2005 5th World Cross Country Championships, St Etienne/St Galmier
2005 4th World Championships, Helsinki (5000m)
2005 2nd World Athletics Final, Monaco (3000m)
2006 3rd World Indoor Championships, Moscow (3000m)
2006 7th World Athletics Final, Stuttgart (3000m)
2007 2nd World Championships, Osaka (5000m)
2007 6th World Athletics Final, Stuttgart (3000m)
2007 5th World Athletics Final, Stuttgart (5000m)
2008 2nd Olympic Games, Beijing (5000m)
2008 5th World Athletics Final, Stuttgart (5000m)
2009 5th World Championships, Berlin (5000m)
2009 9th World Athletics Final, Thessaloniki (3000m)
2010 2nd Commonwealth Games, Delhi (5000m)
2011 7th World Championships, Daegu (5000m)
2012 6th World Half Marathon Championships, Kavarna
2013 1st Hamburg Marathon
2013 2nd Berlin Marathon
2014 1st Rotterdam Marathon
2014 1st Chicago Marathon
2015 1st London Marathon
2015 1st Berlin Marathon
2016 1st London Marathon
Prepared by James Wokabi, Mutwiri Mutuota and John Manners for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2012-2016.