Richard Kiplagat

Athlete Profile

    Kenya Kenya
    03 JUL 1984
Kenyan 800m runner Richard Kiplagat (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
800 Metres 1:44.77 Lausanne (Pontaise) 08 JUL 2010
1000 Metres 2:17.57 Gateshead (International Stadium) 31 AUG 2008
1500 Metres 3:38.71 Stretford 25 APR 2011

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
600 Metres 1:15.92 Moskva 06 FEB 2011
800 Metres 1:46.16 Düsseldorf 11 FEB 2011
1000 Metres 2:18.54 Stuttgart (Schleyer Halle) 07 FEB 2009

Progression - Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013 1:46.71 Regensburg 08 JUN
2012 1:45.79 Nairobi 23 JUN
2011 1:45.48 Doha (Hamad Bin Suhaim) 06 MAY
2010 1:44.77 Lausanne (Pontaise) 08 JUL
2009 1:45.90 Ostrava 17 JUN
2008 1:45.53 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 01 JUN
2007 1:45.1 Nairobi 29 SEP

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 2:17.57 Gateshead (International Stadium) 31 AUG

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 3:38.71 Stretford 25 APR

Progression - Indoor

600 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 1:16.96 Moskva 05 FEB
2011 1:15.92 Moskva 06 FEB

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2012 1:47.22 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 18 FEB
2011 1:46.16 Düsseldorf 11 FEB
2010 1:47.24 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 13 FEB
2009 1:47.21 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 21 FEB
2008 1:46.33 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 16 FEB

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2009 2:18.54 Stuttgart (Schleyer Halle) 07 FEB

Honours - 800 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 7 1:50.75 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 13 SEP 2008
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships h4 DQ Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 07 MAR 2008

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Updated 3 March 2008

Richard KIPLAGAT, Kenya (800m, 1000m)
Born 3 July, 1987, Keiyo District, Rift Valley Province
Lives: Eldoret
Camp: PACE Management, Kaptagat
Manager/ Coach: Ricky Simms
The 20-year-old Richard Kiplagat, whose second name means 'one born after dusk but before midnight', entered the limelight in 2007, the year which saw him represent his country at the 9th All Africa Games, in Algiers.

Kiplagat lined up against the cream of Kenya's two-lap elite at the National Championships in June and took a surprise second place in the final, clocking 1:45.9, a mere two hundredths of a second shy of established Justus Koech. The feat earned him a call up to the Algiers-bound team and he comfortably sailed into the semis after winning the first heat in 1:49.65.

Failing to progress any further, Kiplagat managed only fourth position (1:49.12) in his semi-final. He was edged out on time as the other heat was quicker. Inexperience on the big stage cost him as he opted to run at the back and, as the runners came for the home stretch, he was caught in a melee for the inside lane and was tripped. "I was spiked at the bend and got hurt as I tried to cut inside for the finish,” Kiplagat said. “I should have hit the front earlier," Kiplagat who nevertheless finished, lamented.

Two days after returning from an event in which the Kenyan runners (especially the young) suffered the ill effects of a poor diet and soaring temperatures that left them dehydrated, Kiplagat took his place among an elite field at the National Trials for the World Championships in Osaka. Not in the best of shape, he came seventh (1:49.20).

Travelling to Europe for the first time in August, Kiplagat finished second in an 800m (1:45.50) at the Super Grand Prix meeting in Stockholm. He concluded his European visit with another runner-up spot at the Dubnica meeting, in Slovakia, recording 1:47:87. His season ended in September with an appearance at the most lucrative permit event in Kenya, the Tusker/AK Invitational Meet, in Nairobi. In the absence of newly crowned world champion from Osaka, Alfred Kirwa Yego, who was injured, Kiplagat ran his current outdoor personal best for 2nd place (1:45.1) behind South Africa’s Olympic silver medallist, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

A run of five successive top two finishes at the beginning of the 2008 European indoor season convinced Athletics Kenya to name Kiplagat for Kenya's team for the World Indoor Championships in Valencia. He was slotted in as understudy for 2006 World Indoor title holder, Wilfred Bungei.

Kiplagat began his season by finishing second in his maiden indoor event at the Irish National Championships, in Belfast (1:50.17) Four days later, he achieved his first international victory (1:49.91), in only his second indoor appearance, at the Gugl meeting in Austria to lead a Kenyan podium sweep. Another victory followed at the Eaubonne meeting, in France, in an improved time of 1:47.61.

Win number three on the trot followed in Birmingham, England, in an indoor PB 1:46.33. Then, at the GE Galan Indoor Stockholm meeting, Kiplagat ran the eighth fastest ever for 1000m, 2:16.96, to take silver. He pushed Sudanese runner, Abubaker Kaki, who won in a World Junior indoor record 2:15.77.

Clearly on the rise, Kiplagat adds to the crop of Kenya's emerging two-lap exciting talent that includes world champion Kirwa, World Junior champion, David Lekuta Rudisha, Leonard Kibet Kiplagat, Jackson Kivuva and Isaac Rono. It remains to be seen whether the athlete, who was recruited to the Administration Police Force, will fulfill his early promise.
Personal Bests

800m: 1:45.10 (2007); 1:46.33i (2008)
1000m: 2:16.96i (2008)

Yearly Progression

800m: 2007 - 1:45.10; 2008 - 1:46.33i.

Career Highlights

2007 SF All Africa Games
2007 2nd Kenyan Championships

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

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