Sammy KIPKETER

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    29 SEP 1981
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    138181
Sammy Kipketer (698) wins the men's 5000m (© Allsport)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1500 Metres 3:40.0h Nairobi (KEN) 10 MAY 2001
3000 Metres 7:33.62 Lausanne (SUI) 04 JUL 2001
5000 Metres 12:52.33 Oslo (NOR) 27 JUN 2003
10,000 Metres 26:49.38 Bruxelles (BEL) 30 AUG 2002
5 Kilometres 13:00 Carlsbad, CA (USA) 26 MAR 2000 AR
10 Kilometres 27:11 New Orleans, LA (USA) 30 MAR 2002
10 Miles Road 46:20 Washington (USA) 06 APR 2008
Half Marathon 1:01:25 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 17 SEP 2006

Legend

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Latest Active Season: 2010

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
10 Kilometres 29:36 Wierden (NED) 10 JUL 2010

Outdoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 7:48.35 Dakar (SEN) 28 APR 2007
2006 7:48.95 Ostrava (CZE) 30 MAY 2006
2002 7:35.91 Monaco (MON) 19 JUL 2002
2001 7:33.62 Lausanne (SUI) 04 JUL 2001
2000 7:35.72 Monaco (MON) 18 AUG 2000
1999 7:34.58 Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 1999

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2006 14:06.21 Bambous (MRI) 09 AUG 2006
2005 13:01.55 Berlin (GER) 04 SEP 2005
2003 12:52.33 Oslo (NOR) 27 JUN 2003
2002 12:56.99 Zürich (SUI) 16 AUG 2002
2001 12:59.34 Athina (GRE) 11 JUN 2001
2000 12:54.07 Roma (ITA) 30 JUN 2000
1999 12:58.10 Oslo (NOR) 30 JUN 1999

Outdoor

5 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2006 13:31 Carlsbad, CA (USA) 09 APR 2006
2005 13:34 Carlsbad, CA (USA) 03 APR 2005
2002 13:17 Carlsbad, CA (USA) 07 APR 2002
2001 13:00 Carlsbad, CA (USA) 01 APR 2001
2000 13:00 Carlsbad, CA (USA) 26 MAR 2000

Outdoor

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 28:35.98 Nairobi (KEN) 05 JUL 2008
2007 27:14.04 Hengelo (NED) 26 MAY 2007
2006 28:44.50 Nairobi (KEN) 08 JUN 2006
2005 26:52.60 Bruxelles (BEL) 26 AUG 2005
2004 27:03.61 Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 2004
2003 27:13.42 Bruxelles (BEL) 05 SEP 2003
2002 26:49.38 Bruxelles (BEL) 30 AUG 2002

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2010 29:36 Wierden (NED) 10 JUL 2010
2008 27:46 New Orleans, LA (USA) 22 MAR 2008
2006 27:53 New Orleans, LA (USA) 15 APR 2006
2005 27:47 New Orleans, LA (USA) 26 MAR 2005
2002 27:11 New Orleans, LA (USA) 30 MAR 2002
2001 27:18 Brunssum (NED) 08 APR 2001

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2006 1:01:25 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 17 SEP 2006

Outdoor

10 Miles Road

Performance Place Date
2008 46:20 Washington (USA) 06 APR 2008

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. 5000 Metres 13:08.46 Edmonton (CAN) 10 AUG 2001

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Short Race 11:12 Vilamoura (POR) 18 MAR 2000
4. Short Race 12:26 Dublin (IRL) 23 MAR 2002
4. Short Race 12:44 Ostende (BEL) 24 MAR 2001

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 5000 Metres 14:06.21 Bambous (MRI) 09 AUG 2006

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. 10,000 Metres 28:03.51 Abuja (NGR) 12 OCT 2003

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 5000 Metres 13:24.19 Monaco (MON) 14 SEP 2003
5. 5000 Metres 13:41.06 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005

Honours - Grand Prix Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 3000 Metres 7:47.31 Doha (QAT) 05 OCT 2000

Honours - Golden League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 10,000 Metres 26:49.38 Bruxelles (BEL) 30 AUG 2002
1. 5000 Metres 12:56.99 Zürich (SUI) 16 AUG 2002
1. 5000 Metres 12:55.03 Oslo (NOR) 28 JUL 2000

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 5000 Metres 13:13.51 Manchester (GBR) 31 JUL 2002

Honours - World Military Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 5000 Metres 13:59.30 Catania (ITA) 08 DEC 2003
1. 5000 Metres 13:19.87 Tivoli (ITA) 07 SEP 2002

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 5000 Metres 13:35.65 Nairobi (KEN) 12 JUL 2003
Results in:

10 Kilometres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
10 JUL 2010 Wierden Wiezo Run 10km NEDNED E F 2. 29:36


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Sammy KIPKETER Cheruiyot, Kenya (5000/10,000, cross country)

Born 29 September 1981, Rokocho, nr. Kaptarakwa, Keiyo Dist., Rift Valley Prov., Kenya.

Lives mainly in Nairobi and in Merewit, Uasin Gishu District.

Finished Lelboinet Secondary School 1998. Army private, enlisted 2001.

Manager: KIMbia (Tom Ratcliffe). Coach: Dieter Hogen.

Native language: Keiyo (Kalenjin). Fourth of six children. Father a farmer with five acres.

Began running casually in primary school. Discovered talent on moving up secondary, where he had to run to escape harassment by older boys. Finished 4th at 5000m in 1997 schools nationals, 17th in 1998 junior World Cross trials. Trained in earnest after leaving school in late 1998; 2nd in 1999 junior World Cross trials, then 6th in Belfast World Cross.

Signed by KIM after 1999 World Cross trials. Immediately embarked on busy competitive schedule, mainly on track, including Grand Prix final and six of seven Golden League meets, where he recorded five top-5 finishes and the third best all-time junior mark at 5000m (12:58.10 in Oslo GL), plus two marks under the listed World Junior Record at 3000m (7:35.08 in Paris GL; 7:34.58 in Brussels GL).

Began 2000 with two wins on European cross circuit and a silver medal just behind a determined John Kibowen in senior 4 km race at World Cross in Vilamoura. A week later, obliterated eight-year-old 5 km road best in Carlsbad, California (13:00, down from William Mutwol's 13:12, also set in Carlsbad). Missed qualifying for Sydney Olympic team by 0.6 seconds in wait-and-kick Kenya trials 5000 final, but again distinguished himself on Grand Prix circuit, with seven top-3 finishes and a PR 12:54.07 at 5000 (then ranking him 9th all-time). Track & Field News put him at #2 at 5000 in its annual rankings.

On successive weekends in spring 2001, just missed medaling (4th) in muddy Ostend in World Cross 4 km race, equaled own world road best winning Carlsbad 5 km and set new world road best at 10 km (27:18) in Brunssum, Netherlands. Second at 5000 in Kenyan World Championship trials. Ensured fast pace in Edmonton WC final by leading much of race, but faded in closing stages; crossed line 7th (later 6th after Saidi Sief doping DQ). Enlisted in Kenya Army on return from Edmonton.

Emerged from Army basic training in time for 2002 Armed Forces Cross Country; won 4 km race and repeated victory in Kenyan World Cross trials. Finished 4th at 4 km in Dublin World Cross. A week later improved own 10 km world road best (27:11) in New Orleans), then won Carlsbad 5 km the next week (13:17). At African Military Ch. in Nairobi, won 5000, 2nd in 10,000. Busy Grand Prix season interrupted by Commonwealth Games trials in Nairobi (3rd, 5000) and Games in Manchester, where he collected first big international gold medal (13:13.51). Won Zurich GL 5000 in year's second-fastest time (12:56.99) and clocked fastest 10.000 in four years (26:49.38, then ranking him #5 all-time) in Brussels in his first big race at the distance (also pulling four others under 27:00 for the best mass finish up to that time). Ranked #1 in 10,000, #2 in 5000 and #5 in 3000 by T&FN, a display of range bettered only by Haile Gebrselassie in recent years..

Moved up in distance for 2003 cross country season, winning Armed Forces 12 km then fading to 4th in Kenya's World Cross trials after pushing the pace a little too hard on hot day. At the Lausanne World Cross, it was not Kipketer’s day—14th at 12 km, the last Kenyan. He returned to his accustomed 5000 for the GP season, finishing just .07 seconds behind Kenenisa Bekele in a PB 12:52.33 in Oslo, his first European outing. He went under 13 minutes again in London and did not finish lower than 4th in his five GP 5000s. Back home for the World Championships trials, he finished 4th in the loaded 5000 and declined a tentative offer of a place on the 10,000 team. He closed his European season with a lackluster 6th at 10,000 in Brussels (27:13.42), but he was obliged to run twice more that autumn, at the All-African Games in Nigeria in October (6th in 28:03.51) and at the World Military Games in Italy in December (1st in 13:59.30).

Near the end of that long season, he developed a severe ankle/achilles problem that effectively curtailed his 2004 season. He rested, trained, ran a single track race (4th in the 10,000 in Brussels in 27:03.61) and then went to Boulder, Colorado, for treatment.

He gave every appearance of a full recovery in February in his first serious competition of 2005 at the Kenyan World Cross trials. Returning to his famiiliar 4 km distance, he cruised in a comfortable 2nd behind the aggressive lead of Isaac Songok. If the injury doesn’t recur, he could find himself on the podium in St. Etienne/St. Galmier.

Yearly progression, 3000/5000/10,000:  1999 - 7:34.58/ 12:58.10;  2000 - 7:35.72/ 12:54.07 (2nd Rome GL);  2001 - 7:33.62/ 12:59.34; 2002 - 7:35.91/ 12:56.99/ 26:49.38 (Brussels GL; 2002 world leader); 2003 - --/12:52.33 (2nd Oslo GL)/ 27:13.42;
2004 - --/--/27:03.61 (Brussels GL).
Other PBs: 5 km - 13:00 (2000 & 2001); 10 km - 27:11 (2002)

Sammy Kipketer has done very little road running, but what little he has done has been of very high quality. In five road outings over three years (2000-2002), he won five races and recorded four world road best times, two at 5 km in Carlsbad (both 13:00) and two at 10 km (April 2001, Brunssum, 27:18; March 2002, New Orleans, 27:11).

Kipketer, who began his international career at 17, was at first one of the many young Africans the press likes to characterize as "preferring to let their feet do the talking." He has since outgrown much of his shyness and is adapting eagerly to Western ways. He has built two modest, Western-style houses, one near his parents' home in Rokocho, the other on a 15-acre plot he bought in Merewit in the former "White Highlands." Both houses are equipped with the latest stereo gear, and the Merewit place has TV and video as well. An avid user of the web, Kipketer frequents internet cafes in Europe to check on developments in Kenya, and in Kenya to keep up with the wider world.

Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF "Focus on Africans" project. © 2003-05 IAAF.

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