Richard Kipkemboi MATEELONG

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    14 OCT 1983
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    201079
Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1500 Metres 3:41.2h Nairobi (KEN) 18 MAY 2012
3000 Metres 7:48.71 Rehlingen (GER) 16 MAY 2005
5000 Metres 13:30.4h Nairobi (KEN) 01 JUL 2006
10,000 Metres 28:18.4h Nairobi (KEN) 25 MAY 2007
3000 Metres Steeplechase 7:56.81 Doha (QAT) 11 MAY 2012
10 Kilometres 29:06 Dongio (SUI) 05 APR 2010

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2013

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:40.47 Oslo (NOR) 13 JUN 2013

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005 3:41.79 Rechberghausen (GER) 01 MAY 2005
2004 3:48.68 Königs Wusterhausen (GER) 10 SEP 2004

Outdoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2006 7:54.23 Brazzaville (CGO) 21 MAY 2006
2005 7:48.71 Rehlingen (GER) 16 MAY 2005
2004 7:53.13 Dessau (GER) 04 JUN 2004

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 13:47.90 Nairobi (KEN) 04 JUN 2011
2004 13:55.10 Busan (KOR) 24 SEP 2004

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2010 29:06 Dongio (SUI) 05 APR 2010
2009 29:08 Scicli (ITA) 26 SEP 2009

Outdoor

3000 Metres Steeplechase

Performance Place Date
2013 8:40.47 Oslo (NOR) 13 JUN 2013
2012 7:56.81 Doha (QAT) 11 MAY 2012
2011 8:07.41 Monaco (MON) 22 JUL 2011
2010 8:06.44 Paris-St-Denis (FRA) 16 JUL 2010
2009 8:00.89 Berlin (GER) 18 AUG 2009
2008 8:07.64 Doha (QAT) 09 MAY 2008
2007 8:06.66 Athina (GRE) 02 JUL 2007
2006 8:07.50 Roma (ITA) 14 JUL 2006
2005 8:10.97 Bruxelles (BEL) 26 AUG 2005
2004 8:05.96 Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 2004

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:11.01 Beijing (CHN) 18 AUG 2008

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:00.89 Berlin (GER) 18 AUG 2009
3. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:17.59 Osaka (JPN) 28 AUG 2007
7. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:19.31 Daegu (KOR) 01 SEP 2011

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. Senior Race 33:29 Bydgoszcz (POL) 28 MAR 2010

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:09.67 Split (CRO) 05 SEP 2010

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:23.54 Nairobi (KEN) 30 JUL 2010
1. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:31.68 Addis Abeba (ETH) 02 MAY 2008
2. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:26.34 Brazzaville (CGO) 14 JUL 2004

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:07.66 Stuttgart (GER) 23 SEP 2007
2. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:08.62 Stuttgart (GER) 10 SEP 2006
3. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:16.05 Stuttgart (GER) 14 SEP 2008
5. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:14.22 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004
8. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:18.83 Thessaloniki (GRE) 13 SEP 2009

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:16.39 New Delhi (IND) 11 OCT 2010

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:15.69 Nairobi (KEN) 26 JUN 2010
1. 3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:14.2h Nairobi (KEN) 27 JUN 2009
Results in:

3000 Metres Steeplechase

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
25 MAY 2013 Nairobi Kenyan Police Ch. KENKEN F F 3. 8:51.2h
13 JUN 2013 Oslo ExxonMobil Bislett Games NORNOR GL F 11. 8:40.47


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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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