Robert Kipkorir KIPCHUMBA

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    24 FEB 1984
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    175057
Robert Kipchumba takes the tape at the EDP Lisbon Marathon (Marcelino Almeida)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
3000 Metres 7:44.36 Lausanne (SUI) 04 JUL 2001
5000 Metres 13:19.76 San Sebastián (ESP) 18 AUG 2001
10,000 Metres 27:25.55 Bruxelles (BEL) 24 AUG 2001
3000 Metres Steeplechase 8:34.43 Paris (FRA) 23 JUL 2004
10 Kilometres 28:31 Dongio (SUI) 16 APR 2001
15 Kilometres 44:52 Le Puy-en-Velay (FRA) 01 MAY 2007
20 Kilometres 56:41 Debrecen (HUN) 08 OCT 2006
Half Marathon 59:28 Rotterdam (NED) 11 SEP 2006
Marathon 2:08:07 Xiamen (CHN) 02 JAN 2011

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
3000 Metres 7:46.49 Peania (GRE) 22 FEB 2004
5000 Metres 13:23.56 Birmingham (GBR) 20 FEB 2004

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2016

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Marathon 2:20:09 Sao Paulo (BRA) 24 APR 2016

Outdoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2002 8:26.11 Réduit (MRI) 21 APR 2002
2001 7:44.36 Lausanne (SUI) 04 JUL 2001

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2003 14:03.61 Lignano (ITA) 13 JUL 2003
2002 13:36.22 Milano (ITA) 05 JUN 2002
2001 13:19.76 San Sebastián (ESP) 18 AUG 2001
2000 13:46.03 Bruxelles (BEL) 25 AUG 2000

Outdoor

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2004 27:55.74 Ostrava (CZE) 08 JUN 2004
2001 27:25.55 Bruxelles (BEL) 24 AUG 2001
2000 27:43.14 Rovereto (ITA) 30 AUG 2000

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2003 28:37 Trento (ITA) 18 OCT 2003
2002 29:10 Marseille (FRA) 01 MAY 2002
2001 28:31 Dongio (SUI) 16 APR 2001

Outdoor

15 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2008 45:33 Le Puy-en-Velay (FRA) 01 MAY 2008
2007 44:52 Le Puy-en-Velay (FRA) 01 MAY 2007

Outdoor

20 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2006 56:41 Debrecen (HUN) 08 OCT 2006

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2015 1:03:20 Eldoret (KEN) 04 OCT 2015
2014 1:03:07 Eldoret (KEN) 02 FEB 2014
2011 1:00:43 Lisboa (POR) 20 MAR 2011
2010 59:58 The Hague (NED) 14 MAR 2010
2009 59:32 Rotterdam (NED) 13 SEP 2009
2008 1:00:57 Nice (FRA) 20 APR 2008
2007 1:00:47 Udine (ITA) 14 OCT 2007
2006 59:28 Rotterdam (NED) 11 SEP 2006
2005 1:01:13 Udine (ITA) 25 SEP 2005
2004 1:00:22 Milano (ITA) 04 APR 2004
2002 1:03:22 Milano (ITA) 13 APR 2002

Outdoor

Marathon

Performance Place Date
2016 2:20:09 Sao Paulo (BRA) 24 APR 2016
2015 2:13:07 Hong Kong (HKG) 25 JAN 2015
2012 2:09:46 Xiamen (CHN) 07 JAN 2012
2011 2:08:07 Xiamen (CHN) 02 JAN 2011
2009 2:09:56 Rotterdam (NED) 05 APR 2009

Outdoor

3000 Metres Steeplechase

Performance Place Date
2004 8:34.43 Paris (FRA) 23 JUL 2004

Indoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2003/04 7:46.49 Peania (GRE) 22 FEB 2004

Indoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2003/04 13:23.56 Birmingham (GBR) 20 FEB 2004

Honours - World Half Marathon Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 20 Kilometres 56:41 Debrecen (HUN) 08 OCT 2006

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. U20 Race 26:00 Ostende (BEL) 25 MAR 2001

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 10,000 Metres 28:54.37 Santiago de Chile (CHI) 17 OCT 2000
Results in:

Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
24 APR 2016 Sao Paulo Marathon BRABRA E F 4. 2:20:09


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Robert Kipkorir Kipchumba (kipCHOOMbah), Kenya (10,000m/ road races)

Born 24 February 1984, Kaptul, near Kapsowar, Marakwet Dist., Rift Valley Prov., Kenya.

Soldier; enlisted in Kenya Army 2002.

Married Rose Cherotich, 2000. Two children: Mercy Cherop (2001), Victor Kipkurui (2003).

Lives on new four-acre farm in Trans-Nzoia District. Trains in nearby Kapcherop.

Manager: Gianni Demadonna. Coach: Renato Canova

1.73m/ 53 kg. Native language: Marakwet (Kalenjin). First of five children of father’s first of two wives. Father a farmer with seven acres.

Completed Hossen Primary School 1997.

Began running in primary school. Finished 2nd in 10,000m in 1996 primary school nationals. Invited by fellow villager Paul Kosgei (World Half Marathon Champion 2002) to join training camp near Eldoret affiliated with manager Demadonna. After two years’ training (1998-99) finished 2nd in Kenya’s 2000 Junior World Cross trials, then led Kenyan sweep of junior medals in Vilamoura World Cross.

Signed by manager Demadonna at World Cross and taken to Europe for a series of small road races (he won six of seven) and two late-season track competitions (13:46.03 for 24th in the 5000 at the Brussels GL and an impressive 27:43.14 for 3rd over 10,000 in Rovereto). In October he won his second World Junior title of the year in the Santiago World Junior Championships 10,000m (28:54.37).

Hampered by a hamstring injury in 2001, he missed the World Cross trials and didn’t begin serious competition until track season, establishing new PBs at 3000 (7:44.36 for 12th in Lausanne), 5000 (13:19.76 for 2nd in San Sebastian) and 10,000 (27:25.55 for 2nd in Brussels). His 2002 season was cut short by a back injury and rather than sit idly he enlisted in the Army in August and embarked on nine months of basic training.

Back in action in mid-2003, he ran almost exclusively on the road, his best performance being a 2nd place, two seconds behind Kenenisa Bekele but ahead of an impressive field of Kenyans, in Italy’s Memorial Pepe Greco 10 km  in September.

Began 2004 with his first indoor races (13:23.56 for 4th over 5000 in Birmingham and 7:46.49 for 6th at 3000 in Athens) and in early April scored a three-minute PB in the half-marathon, winning the prestigious Stramilano in 60:21, well clear of 2003 World Half Marathon bronze medalist Martin Sulle of Tanzania. Minor injuries curtailed his track season after a 27:55.74 for 9th in Ostrava in June (behind Kenenisa’s world record). But healthy now, Kipchumba certainly seems comfortable at the half-marathon distance, and must rank among the favorites in New Delhi.

Yearly progression 5000/10,000:  2000 - 13:46.03/ 27:43.14;  2001 - 13:19.76/ 27:25.55;  2002 - 13:36.22/ 29:57.7;  2003 - 14:03.61/ 29:39.2;  2004 - 13:23.56i/ 27:55.74. Other PBs:  3000 - 7:44.36 (2001);  half-marathon - 60:21 (2004).

Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. Copyright IAAF 2003/2004.

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