Josphat Kiprono Menjo

Athlete Profile

    Kenya Kenya
    20 AUG 1979
Kiprono Menjo clocks 27:04 in Barcelona to become the third fastest ever (Kike del Olmo)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
1500 Metres 3:38.40 Lappeenranta 15 JUL 2010
One Mile 3:53.62 Joensuu 21 AUG 2010
2000 Metres 5:05.25 Joensuu 16 JUL 2008
3000 Metres 7:44.07 Lappeenranta 18 JUL 2012
Two Miles 8:18.96 Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion) 26 MAY 2007
5000 Metres 12:55.95 Turku 18 AUG 2010
10,000 Metres 26:56.74 Turku 29 AUG 2010
10 Kilometres 27:04 Barcelona 18 APR 2010
15 Kilometres 42:50 Massamagrell 25 APR 2009
Half Marathon 1:01:42 Lisboa 26 SEP 2010

Progression - Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010 3:38.40 Lappeenranta 15 JUL

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2010 3:53.62 Joensuu 21 AUG

2000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 5:05.25 Joensuu 16 JUL

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 7:44.07 Lappeenranta 18 JUL
2011 7:47.38 Lappeenranta 02 JUN
2009 7:44.15 Zaragoza 18 JUL
2007 7:50.97 Tampere 20 JUN
2006 7:48.16 Zaragoza 03 JUN
2005 7:44.47 Madrid 16 JUL

Two Miles

Performance Place Date
2007 8:18.96 Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion) 26 MAY

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017 13:19.88 Barcelona (Serrahima) 29 JUN
2016 13:20.51 Turku 29 JUN
2012 13:10.55 Huelva (Estadio Iberoamericano) 07 JUN
2011 13:21.10 Lappeenranta 13 AUG
2010 12:55.95 Turku 18 AUG
2008 13:06.17 Huelva (Estadio Iberoamericano) 13 JUN
2007 13:06.69 Gavà 30 JUN
2006 13:09.24 Huelva (Estadio Iberoamericano) 20 JUN
2005 13:14.38 Gavà 12 JUN

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014 28:33.8 Nairobi (Nyayo Stadium) 07 JUN
2013 28:03.0 Nairobi 22 JUN
2011 27:55.81 Turku 11 SEP
2010 26:56.74 Turku 29 AUG
2008 27:09.37 Neerpelt 31 MAY
2007 27:04.61 Neerpelt 02 JUN
2006 27:29.45 Barakaldo 24 JUN

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2011 27:58 Valencia, ESP 09 JAN
2010 27:04 Barcelona 18 APR
2009 27:32 Barcelona 05 APR
2008 27:57 Barcelona 06 APR
2007 28:33 Laredo, ESP 31 MAR

15 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2009 42:50 Massamagrell 25 APR

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2015 1:02:39 Praha 28 MAR
2012 1:02:58 Zwolle 10 JUN
2010 1:01:42 Lisboa 26 SEP

Honours - 5000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
IAAF World Championships London 2017 16h2 13:35.68 London (Olympic Stadium) 09 AUG 2017

Honours - 10,000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 8 28:25.67 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 27 AUG 2007

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Updated 1 May 2008

Josphat KIPRONO MENJO, Kenya (3000/5000/10,000)

Born 20 August, 1979, Kapsabet

Height 180 cm (5'10”); Weight: 61kg

Team: Armed Forces

Coach: Julius Kirwa

Manager: David Kibelion

Training camps: Ngong and Iten

Josphat Kiprono Menjo had no interest in athletics and only got involved in the sport after he was conscripted to the Kenyan Armed Forces. “When I was in school, I was not a fan of sport,” the fifth born in a family of 10 said. “I only developed an interest in athletics when I was enlisted in the Armed Forces. Paul Tergat and Wilson Boit Kipketer, whom we work together with at the Moi Air Base, influenced me to run.”

He may have needed persuasion to start his athletics career but he has proved to be a quality distance runner, his highlight so far being the missing of the 2007 All Africa Games 5000m gold by the thickness of a vest in Algiers.

Kiprono Menjo is related to Josephat Kiprono, the distance and marathon runner who participated at the World Half Marathon Championships in 1996 and won a silver behind Italian 2004 Olympic marathon champion, Stefano Baldini. Kiprono won three marathons in his career: Berlin (1999), Rome (2000), and Rotterdam (2001). His personal best is 2:06:44, run in Berlin. Menjo’s first name is spelt Josphat (without the ‘e’) to differentiate between the two.

Kiprono Menjo went for his primary education at Kapkechui Primary before joining Chemundu Secondary where he cleared his O Levels in 1998. The then aspiring teacher spent the next four years helping out in his father’s maize farm as he waited for an opportunity to join college. “I longed to go for further studies but, in 2002, I was selected to join the Armed Forces and, after seeing others train for athletics, I joined them.”

His first competition was at the 2003 Armed Forces Cross Country Championships where he finished 12th in the 4km senior race. Later he entered the track championships, where he lined up in the 3000m Steeplechase. “The 10,000m and 5000m races were full and the only available place in the team was in the Steeplechase - that is why I ran,” he recounts.

Kiprono Menjo then qualified for the 2004 National Championships where he finished third (13:48.7) in the 5000m final. He had warmed up for that by winning the Nairobi provincial championships 5000m in 13:57.6 and, before that, he recorded 10th in 14:28.0 in early April. “That is where I first attempted 5000m and realised I had potential in the distance and, from then on, I decided to specialise in it,” he said. He then went abroad for his first European road race, finishing third (64:09) at the Valladoid Half Marathon in Spain. 

In 2005 he attempted to make the Kenyan team for the first time when he participated in the February cross-country championships but could only place 39th. “I was not exceptional in cross-country but I just wanted to try to get to the national team,” he says.

That paved way for the track season where he toured Europe for a series of races, skipping both the National Championships and Trials for Helsinki World Championships.

He won June’s Spanish Gava meet’s 5000m in 13:14.38 and was eighth at the Madrid 3000m in July but in what remains a PB 7:44.47. In 2006, Kiprono Menjo finished third in the National Championships to book his ticket to the African Championships in Bambous, Mauritius. At his maiden appearance for Kenya, he clocked 14:07.39 to end fifth in the 5000m.

 Kiprono Menjo had a very busy 2007 season that began with failure to make the national cross-country team for the Mombasa World Cross. One of the highlights was securing his place in the Kenya team for the All Africa Games in Algiers. Before going to Algiers he travelled to Europe where he recorded a PB 5000m (13:06.69) in Gavá. In Algiers, he ran the most memorable race of his career. With the gold only few metres away, a late bust by Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro on the outside lane denied him the top medal.

“I thought I had won but he surprised me with his late kick,” Kiprono Menjo, who graciously took silver, said. His next stop was the National Trials for the World Championships in Osaka where he took third in the 10,000m (28:18.1) to extend his stay at the national team. In Japan, he looked to be in medal contention midway through the final but faded as the runners sprinted for the tape to finish eighth (28:25.67).

This year, at the March 18 AAC trials, he clocked 13:31.3 in the 5000m final to make the national team for Addis Ababa. “I hope to win a medal and qualify for Beijing,” he said. “It’s going to be difficult especially at the Olympic Trials. He says that he may switch to full marathon in two years and sees himself retired from athletics in ten.


Personal Bests

3000m: 7:44.47(2005)
Two Miles: 8:18.96 (2007)
5000m: 13:06.69 (2007)
10,000m: 27:04.61 (2007)
10km: 27:47 (2008)

Yearly Progression

3000m: 2005 - 7:44.47; 2006 - 7:48.16; 2007: 7:50.97.
5000m: 2005 - 13:14.38; 2006 - 13:09.24; 2007 -13:06.69.  
10,000m: 2006 - 27:29.45; 2007 - 27:04.61 
10km: 2007 - 28:33; 2008 - 27:47.  

Career Highlights

2006 5th African Championships (5000m)
2007 2nd All Africa Games (5000m)
          8th World Championships (10,000m)


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