Eliud Kipchoge

Athlete Profile

    Kenya Kenya
    5 NOV 1984
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge in action at the 2012 World Half Marathon Championships (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
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

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
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

Progression - Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
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
2003 3:36.17 Rehlingen 09 JUN

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2007 3:57.19 Eugene, OR 10 JUN
2004 3:50.40 London (Crystal Palace) 30 JUL

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 7:31.40 Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim) 11 MAY
2011 7:27.66 Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim) 06 MAY
2009 7:28.37 Doha 08 MAY
2008 7:33.14 Doha 09 MAY
2007 7:33.06 Doha 11 MAY
2006 7:30.48 Doha 12 MAY
2005 7:28.56 Doha 13 MAY
2004 7:27.72 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 03 SEP
2003 7:30.91 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 05 SEP
2002 7:46.34 Cagliari 10 SEP

Two Miles

Performance Place Date
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

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
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
2009 12:56.46 Milano 25 JUN
2008 13:02.06 Ostrava 12 JUN
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
2003 12:52.61 Oslo 27 JUN
2002 13:13.03 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 06 SEP
2001 13:48.0 Nakuru 01 JAN

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
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

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2012 28:25 Kavarna 06 OCT
2009 28:11 Utrecht 27 SEP

15 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2015 43:11 Ras Al Khaimah 13 FEB
2014 43:16 Barcelona 16 FEB
2013 43:02 Barcelona 17 FEB
2012 43:27 Kavarna 06 OCT

20 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2015 57:39 Ras Al Khaimah 13 FEB
2014 57:47 Barcelona 16 FEB
2013 57:12 Barcelona 17 FEB
2012 58:42 Kavarna 06 OCT

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2015 1:00:50 Ras Al Khaimah 13 FEB
2014 1:00:52 Barcelona 16 FEB
2013 1:00:04 Barcelona 17 FEB
2012 59:25 Lille 01 SEP

25 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2015 1:13:25 Berlin 27 SEP
2014 1:13:42 Chicago, IL 12 OCT
2013 1:13:13 Berlin 29 SEP

30 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2016 1:27:13 London 24 APR
2015 1:28:10 Berlin 27 SEP
2014 1:28:46 Chicago, IL 12 OCT
2013 1:28:01 Berlin 29 SEP


Performance Place Date
2016 2:03:05 London 24 APR
2015 2:04:00 Berlin 27 SEP
2014 2:04:11 Chicago, IL 12 OCT
2013 2:04:05 Berlin 29 SEP

Progression - Indoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2006 3:36.25 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 18 FEB

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 7:32.03 Karlsruhe 12 FEB
2011 7:29.37 Stuttgart (Schleyer Halle) 05 FEB
2010 7:32.99 Stuttgart (Schleyer Halle) 06 FEB
2006 7:33.07 Karlsruhe 29 JAN

Two Miles

Performance Place Date
2012 8:07.39 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 18 FEB

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 12:55.72 Düsseldorf 11 FEB

Honours - 3000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
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

Honours - 5000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
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

Honours - Half Marathon

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 6 1:01:52 Kavarna 06 OCT 2012

Honours - Marathon

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXXI Olympic Games 1 2:08:44 Rio de Janeiro (Sambódromo) 21 AUG 2016

Honours - U20 Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
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

Honours - Long Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
33rd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 5 35:37 Saint-Galmier 20 MAR 2005
32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 4 36:34 Bruxelles 21 MAR 2004

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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.


Personal Bests

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)


Yearly Progression

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


Career Highlights

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.