Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    14 OCT 1983
Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
1500 Metres 3:41.79 Rechberghausen 01 MAY 2005
3000 Metres 7:48.71 Rehlingen 16 MAY 2005
5000 Metres 13:30.4 Nairobi 01 JUL 2006
10,000 Metres 28:18.4 Nairobi 26 MAY 2007
3000 Metres Steeplechase 7:56.81 Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim) 11 MAY 2012

Progression - Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005 3:41.79 Rechberghausen 01 MAY

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 7:54.2 Nairobi 29 SEP
2006 7:54.23 Brazzaville 21 MAY
2005 7:48.71 Rehlingen 16 MAY
2004 7:53.13 Dessau 04 JUN

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 13:34.7 Nairobi 07 JUN
2007 13:39.5 Nairobi 14 JUN
2006 13:30.4 Nairobi 01 JUL

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 28:18.4 Nairobi 26 MAY

3000 Metres Steeplechase

Performance Place Date
2013 8:40.47 Oslo (Bislett) 13 JUN
2012 7:56.81 Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim) 11 MAY
2011 8:07.41 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 22 JUL
2010 8:06.44 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 16 JUL
2009 8:00.89 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 18 AUG
2008 8:07.64 Doha 09 MAY
2007 8:06.66 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 02 JUL
2006 8:07.50 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 14 JUL
2005 8:10.97 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 26 AUG
2004 8:05.96 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 03 SEP

Honours - 3000 Metres Steeplechase

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7 8:19.31 Daegu (DS) 01 SEP 2011
1st IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup 2010 1 8:09.67 Split (Poljud Stadion) 05 SEP 2010
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 8 8:18.83 Thessaloníki 13 SEP 2009
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 8:00.89 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 18 AUG 2009
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 3 8:16.05 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 14 SEP 2008
The XXIX Olympic Games 3 8:11.01 Beijing (National Stadium) 18 AUG 2008
5th IAAF World Athletics Final 2 8:07.66 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 23 SEP 2007
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 3 8:17.59 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 28 AUG 2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final 2 8:08.62 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 10 SEP 2006
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final 10 8:29.00 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 09 SEP 2005
2nd IAAF World Athletics Final 5 8:14.22 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 19 SEP 2004

Honours - Senior Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
38th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 7 33:29 Bydgoszcz (Myslecinek Park) 28 MAR 2010
35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships f DNF Mombasa 24 MAR 2007


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Updated 23 August  2007

Richard Kipkemboi MATELONG, Kenya (3000m Steeplechase)

Born 14 October 1983, Lenape, Narok District, Rift Valley Province, Kenya

Constable, Kenya Police.

Lives mainly in Nyeri as PT instructor in Kenya Police College. Trains in Nyahururu.

Native language: Nandi (Kalenjin).

Fifth of nine children. Parents farmers in Lenape with 15 acres.

Married Ruth Chepkemoi in 2005. Son Kipchumba born 2006.

Completed Amalo Secondary School 2001.

Manager: Gianni Demadonna. Coach: self-coached.

Richard Kipkemboi Matelong, who developed his fitness by running five kilometres to school and back in his first year of secondary, began competing that year at the urging of a teacher. He reached provincial level in schools competition in 1500m and Steeplechase.

Matelong joined Kenya Police in 2002 and emerged as an athlete in inter-unit competition. He represented the Police in the 2003 National Championships, finishing 9th in the Steeplechase, attracting the attention of German manager Silvia Abmayr, who arranged European competitions for him the following year.

Winning the 2004 Police Championship in Steeplechase (8:50.2 h), Matelong ran 8:17.28 two days later to win in Rehlingen. He returned to Kenya for the Olympic trials, placing 5th in 8:25.2 (h). Selected to represent Kenya in the African Championships, in Brazzaville, he won the silver in 8:26.34 behind team-mate David Chemweno. Four more European races followed, highlighted by a win in Heusden (8:11.33), a PB 6th at the Brussels Golden League (8:05.96) and 5th at the World Athletics Final (8:14.22).

After a promising start in the Osaka GP (2nd in 8:17.60), 2005 was a disappointing season. In five major European competitions, he finished no better than 4th, scoring his season’s best again in the Brussels Golden League with 6th in 8:10.97. At Kenya’s World Championship trials, he was a disappointing 8th in 8:33.5 (h).

2006 was a different story. In 12 European races, he finished in the top 2 nine times, with a season’s best of 8:07.50 in the Rome Golden League (world’s 3rd best in 2006) and a solid 2nd (2:08.62) behind countryman Paul Kipsielei Koech at the World Athletics Final.

Early in 2007, Matelong won the Police Cross Country Championships and then the Kenyan Nationals, in Mombasa, both by solid margins. He fell to 13th in the Kenyan trials for the World Cross Country Championships, in Nairobi, as a result of stomach cramps. He was invited to Kenya’s World Cross training camp and earned himself a spot in the team. Sadly, he was one of the many at the World Cross in Mombasa to succumb to the extreme heat and fail to finish.

Matelong has run just three Steeplechases on the European circuit this season, but his 2nd place 8:06.66, behind Kenya’s Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi in Athens, is the fourth best performance of 2007, and his comfortable 3rd at the Kenyan trials (8:18.44 at 1700 m altitude), ahead of such veterans as 2000 Olympic champion Reuben Kosgei and world list leader Koech, shows he deserves his spot in the Kenyan team.


Yearly progression

 2004 - 8:05.96; 2005 - 8:10.97; 2006 - 8:07.50; 2007 – 8:06.66.


Personal best

8:05.96 (2004)


Career highlights

2004 – 2nd, African Championships
2006 – 2nd, World Athletics Final
2007 – dnf, World Cross Country Championships


Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF ’Focus on Athletes’ project. ©  IAAF 2007.

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