Geoffrey Kipkoech RONO

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    21 APR 1987
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    211350
Kenyan distance runner Geoffrey Rono (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 1:45.0h Nairobi (KEN) 25 MAY 2013
1000 Metres 2:15.97 Stockholm (SWE) 22 JUL 2008
1500 Metres 3:32.55 Berlin (GER) 01 JUN 2008
One Mile 3:54.37 Oslo (NOR) 04 JUN 2010
5000 Metres 13:31.0h Nairobi (KEN) 26 MAY 2016
10 Kilometres 30:10 Hamilton (BER) 14 JAN 2006
4x1500 Metres Relay 14:36.23 Bruxelles (BEL) 04 SEP 2009

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 1:48.23 Düsseldorf (GER) 13 FEB 2009
1000 Metres 2:18.54 Gent (BEL) 24 FEB 2008
1500 Metres 3:37.18 Valencia (ESP) 13 FEB 2010
One Mile 3:58.60 New York, NY (USA) 21 JAN 2006

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2017

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1500 Metres 3:48.4h Nairobi (KEN) 16 MAY 2017

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 1:46.68 Daegu (KOR) 16 MAY 2012
2011 1:46.11 Nairobi (KEN) 16 JUL 2011
2010 1:46.43 Dakar (SEN) 24 APR 2010
2009 1:47.43 Gateshead (GBR) 31 AUG 2009
2008 1:45.13 Shanghai (CHN) 20 SEP 2008
2007 1:46.92 Rovereto (ITA) 12 SEP 2007
2005 1:47.10 Tunis (TUN) 04 SEP 2005

Outdoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 2:17.89 Ostrava (CZE) 31 MAY 2011
2009 2:16.82 Stockholm (SWE) 31 JUL 2009
2008 2:15.97 Stockholm (SWE) 22 JUL 2008

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2015 3:47.85 Nairobi (KEN) 09 JUL 2015
2014 3:39.47 Nairobi (KEN) 26 APR 2014
2013 3:40.04 Bilbao (ESP) 21 JUN 2013
2011 3:35.07 Shanghai (CHN) 15 MAY 2011
2010 3:32.82 Berlin (GER) 22 AUG 2010
2009 3:33.59 Rieti (ITA) 06 SEP 2009
2008 3:32.55 Berlin (GER) 01 JUN 2008
2007 3:35.72 Bruxelles (BEL) 14 SEP 2007
2006 3:34.60 Rieti (ITA) 27 AUG 2006
2005 3:42.76 Tunis (TUN) 02 SEP 2005

Outdoor

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2010 3:54.37 Oslo (NOR) 04 JUN 2010

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2006 30:10 Hamilton (BER) 14 JAN 2006

Outdoor

4x1500 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2014 15:03.73 Nairobi (KEN) 26 APR 2014
2009 14:36.23 Bruxelles (BEL) 04 SEP 2009

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008/09 1:48.23 Düsseldorf (GER) 13 FEB 2009

Indoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008/09 2:19.40 Stockholm (SWE) 18 FEB 2009
2007/08 2:18.54 Gent (BEL) 24 FEB 2008
2005/06 2:20.50 Liévin (FRA) 03 MAR 2006

Indoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009/10 3:37.18 Valencia (ESP) 13 FEB 2010
2008/09 3:40.32 Athina (GRE) 25 FEB 2009
2007/08 3:40.01 Paris (FRA) 22 FEB 2008
2006/07 3:40.82 Gent (BEL) 04 FEB 2007

Indoor

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2005/06 3:58.60 New York, NY (USA) 21 JAN 2006

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 1500 Metres 3:41.68 Beijing (CHN) 17 AUG 2006

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. 1500 Metres 3:44.90 Addis Abeba (ETH) 04 MAY 2008

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. 1500 Metres 3:40.25 Algiers (ALG) 22 JUL 2007

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x1500 Metres Relay 14:36.23 Bruxelles (BEL) 04 SEP 2009

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 800 Metres 1:47.10 Tunis (TUN) 04 SEP 2005
1. 1500 Metres 3:42.76 Tunis (TUN) 02 SEP 2005
Results in:

1500 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
16 MAY 2017 Nairobi Kenya Police Ch. KENKEN F H1 3. 3:48.4h


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Updated 1 May 2008


Geoffrey Kipkoech RONO, Kenya (800m/1500m)


Born 21 April,1987, Chemaan Village, Konoin division, Bureti District.
Height: 168cm (5' 6"); weight: 63kg
Manager: Jos Hermens
Camp: Global Sports


The third born in a family of eight, Geoffrey Kipkoech Rono is the pioneer athlete in his family and has two siblings, Charles and Ronald Rono, who run 800m.

Rono attended Ngererit Primary School in Bureti. Though he used to run, it was never serious and he never made it past provincial level.  It was at Kiptewit High School that he really focused on his athletics career. Rono had started with sprints when he was in primary school but decided to switch to longer distances. “I started with sprints but realised it was so hard to get a breakthrough so I opted for longer distances,” he said.

In 2003 he made the finals in Heptathlon at the National Secondary Schools Games. The following year he made the nationals again, this time finishing runner-up at 800 and 1500m. Rono got his breakthrough in 2005 when he was selected to represent the country at African Junior Championships in Tunisia.

First up was the 1500m where Rono edged out his compatriot Remi Limo to win gold in 3:42.76, less than two seconds ahead of Limo. One down, another to go.  In the 800m, Rono lined up against Limo again and, for the second consecutive final, relegated his countryman to silver, winning in 1:47.10.

In 2006, at the World Junior Championships, in Beijing, Rono won his heat to set up another compelling duel with Limo in the 1500m final. There Rono had to follow team tactics and came in fourth as Limo finally triumphed. In August, Rono registered a DNF at Van Damme Memorial but, two days later, finished fifth in Rieti in an outdoor personal best 3:34.60.

After that he returned to Kenya where he completed his secondary school education. Rono completed the year with a revenge win over his nemesis on December 3 at the Association of National Olympic Committees for Africa Zone Five Junior Championships in Nairobi. Rono outkicked the World Junior champion to earn his measure of revenge. "In Beijing the coaches asked me to assist Limo but today I wanted to see who is the better runner," said Rono.

In the 2007 National Championships, Rono had to settle for second as Asbel Kiprop scorched the rest of the field. He timed of 3:43.3 and was selected to represent Kenya at the All Africa Games in Algiers. He ran just one race- an 11th  place finish in Paris in 3:38.90 - before heading to Algiers.

Rono found the going tough in the Northern Africa country as intense heat and bad food derailed him. Although he reached the final, Rono could only manage seventh place as Kiprop won gold. In September Rono was second in an 800m in Rovereto in a PB 1:46.92 and, two days later, he came fourth in 1500m race at the Van Damme memorial Grand prix in Brussels in 3:35.72.

At the national trials for Addis Ababa on 19 April, Rono finished second behind Gideon Gathimba to book a place in the Kenyan team for the continental event. Of the two races that he runs, Rono says he enjoys the1500m more. “My role model is Noah Ngeny (2000 Olympic champion) so I enjoy it more than 800m”

Rono has used his earnings wisely and currently owns several commercial plots in Kericho that supplement his income from his good legs. Enlisted to Kenya Police in June 2007, Rono passed out on 18 March as a constable. Having done so well as a junior, Rono says he is looking forward to establishing himself as a senior. “Last year was the first year as a senior and I am hopeful that I can do well when competing with the big boys,” he said.

Personal Bests

800m: 1:46.92 (2007)
1500m: 3:34.60 (2006)

Yearly Progression

800m: 2005 - 1:47.10; 2007 - 1:46.92
1500m: 2005 - 3:40.7; 2006 - 3:34.60, 2007 – 3:35.72, 2008 - 3:39.64

Career Highlights

2005 1st Africa Junior championships (800m)
          1st Africa Junior championships (1500m)
2006 4th World Junior Championships (1500m)
2007 7th All Africa Games (1500m)


Prepared by James Wokabi and Mutwiri Mutuota for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008

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