Boniface Toroitich Kiprop

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Uganda Uganda
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    12 OCT 1985
Boniface Kiprop of Uganda celebrates his 10,000m final (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
3000 Metres 7:36.95 London (Crystal Palace) 26 JUL 2008
5000 Metres 12:57.11 Stockholm 25 JUL 2006
10,000 Metres 26:39.77 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 26 AUG 2005
10 Kilometres 27:58 Manchester 21 MAY 2006

Progression - Outdoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 7:36.95 London (Crystal Palace) 26 JUL
2006 7:40.58 Gateshead (International Stadium) 11 JUN
2004 7:47.26 Torino 04 JUN
2003 7:47.16 Luzern 25 JUN
2002 7:57.28 Alicante 06 APR

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 13:17.26 Ostrava 12 JUN
2007 13:07.46 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 13 JUL
2006 12:57.11 Stockholm 25 JUL
2005 12:58.43 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 08 JUL
2004 13:05.47 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 12 SEP
2003 13:16.21 Ostrava 12 JUN
2002 13:55.4 01 JAN
2001 13:48.6 Réduit 18 AUG

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 27:19.26 Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion) 24 MAY
2007 28:05.66 Alger 19 JUL
2006 26:41.95 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 25 AUG
2005 26:39.77 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 26 AUG
2004 27:04.00 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 03 SEP
2003 27:15.88 Bruxelles (Boudewijnstadion) 05 SEP
2002 28:47.1 01 JAN
2001 28:45.76 Réduit 16 AUG

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2007 28:22 Houilles 30 DEC
2006 27:58 Manchester 21 MAY
2005 28:24 Edinburgh 08 MAY

Honours - 5000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 8 13:36.33 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 14 SEP 2008
4th IAAF World Athletics Final 8 13:56.30 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 10 SEP 2006
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final 2 13:40.03 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 10 SEP 2005
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 11 13:37.73 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 14 AUG 2005
2nd IAAF World Athletics Final 8 13:15.48 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 19 SEP 2004
10th IAAF World Junior Championships 5 13:33.18 Grosseto (Stadio Zecchini) 18 JUL 2004
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7h1 13:42.88 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 28 AUG 2003
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships f DNS Kingston (NS), JAM 16 JUL 2002

Honours - 10,000 Metres

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXIX Olympic Games 10 27:27.28 Beijing (National Stadium) 17 AUG 2008
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 10 28:30.99 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 27 AUG 2007
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 4 27:10.98 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 08 AUG 2005
28th Olympic Games 4 27:25.48 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 20 AUG 2004
10th IAAF World Junior Championships 1 28:03.77 Grosseto (Stadio Zecchini) 14 JUL 2004

Honours - Senior Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
36th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 16 35:41 Edinburgh (Holyrood Park) 30 MAR 2008
35th IAAF World Cross Country Championships f DNF Mombasa 24 MAR 2007

Honours - Junior Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2 24:03 Bruxelles 21 MAR 2004
31st IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2 22:49 Lausanne 30 MAR 2003
30th IAAF/Sport Ireland World Cross Country Championships 3 23:28 Dublin 24 MAR 2002
28th World Cross Country Championships 27 24:39 Vilamoura 19 MAR 2000

Honours - Long Race

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
34th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 22 36:45 Fukuoka 02 APR 2006
33rd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 7 35:45 Saint-Galmier 20 MAR 2005


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Updated 25 August 2007

Boniface KIPROP Toroitich, Uganda (5000/10,000m)

Born 12 October 1985, Kapchorwa District, Uganda

Younger brother of Martin Toroitich, three-time World Junior Cross Country Championships participant.

For the first five years of Boniface Kiprop’s international career, coverage invariably made reference to his age. Before he was 20, he had finished 4th in the 10,000m in both the 2004 Athens Olympics (27:25.48) and the 2005 Helsinki World Championships (27:10.98), not to mention winning four medals in World Junior competition, including the 10,000m gold in the 2004 World Junior Championships in Grosseto (28:03.77).

Two weeks after the Olympic 10,000m, he ran another 10,000m in Brussels, and though he placed only 5th behind a formidable bunch of Kenyans, his 27:04.00 broke by more than seven seconds the 13-year-old world junior record of Kenya’s Richard Chelimo. A year later, at the same Brussels meeting, not quite two months before his 20th birthday, he clocked 26:39.77 behind Kenenisa Bekele’s world record 26:17.53. And seven months after that, aged 20 years 5 months, Kiprop picked up his first major championship as a senior athlete, winning the gold medal in the 10,000m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, in Melbourne.

The rest of 2006 brought a couple of first-rate performances from Kiprop (12:57.11 PB to win the 5000 at the Stockholm GP and 26:41.95 for 3rd in the 10,000 in Brussels) but otherwise uneven results on the European circuit.

2007 did not begin auspiciously, as Kiprop finished a distant 8th in the World’s Best 10k, in Puerto Rico, and then collapsed within sight of the finish line in the sweltering World Cross Country Championships, in Mombasa. On the track, he has raced just three times this year, and has posted no impressive results, but he knows what it takes to compete at a high level in a major championship, and he must be counted a medal threat in the Osaka 10,000m.

Now in his third year of fully-fledged senior competition, Kiprop is already acting as mentor to younger Ugandan athletes as the founding member of a training camp in his home district of Kapchorwa. The camp, which is in its third year of operation, counts among its members six of the nine competitors in Uganda’s team in Osaka, including the promising 800m runner Abraham Chepkirwok (2006 World Junior bronze medalist, PB 1:44.78) and the reigning African champion at 10,000m (2006) and All Africa Games champion at 5000m (2007), Moses Kipsiro.

Nineteen Kiprops are listed by one of the standard internet sources for athletics data, 17 of them Kenyan, two Ugandan. This is no mere lexical coincidence. The meaning of the name is the same in each case—born while it's raining—because the Kenyans and the Ugandans belong to different branches of the same tribe, the Kalenjin, most of whom live in Kenya.

Boniface's branch of the tribe, the Sabei, live on the western slopes of 4300m Mt. Elgon on the Kenya-Uganda border. His language is closely akin to that spoken by Kenya's three-time World Cross Championships 4k gold medalist Edith Masai, who grew up on Mt. Elgon’s eastern slopes, in Kenya.

Yearly Progression
5000/10,000:  2001 - 14:06.93/ 28:45.76; 2002 - 13:55.5/ --; 2003 – 13:16.21/ 27:15.88;  2004 - 13:05.47/ 27:04.00;  2005 – 12:58.43/ 26:39.77;  2006 – 12:57.11/ 26:41.95;  2007 – 13:07.46/ 28:05.66.

Personal Bests
5000m: 12:57.11 (2006)
10,000m: 26.39.77 (2005)

Career Highlights
Track
6th  10,000  All Africa Games                       2007  Algiers
1st  10,000  Commonwealth Games            2006  Melbourne
11th  5000    World Championships            2005  Helsinki
4th   10,000  World Championships            2005  Helsinki
4th  10,000  Olympic Games                       2004  Athens
5th   5000    World Junior Championships  2004  Grosseto
1st   10,000  World Junior Championships  2004  Grosseto
3rd   10,000  Afro-Asian Games                        2003  Hyderabad
6th  5000    All Africa Games                           2003  Abuja
4th  10,000  All Africa Games                        2003  Abuja
7th   5000 (ht 1)  World Championships    2003  Paris
1st  5000    African Junior Championships  2003  Cameroon
1st  10,000  African Junior Championships  2003  Cameroon
1st  5000    African Junior Championships  2001  Mauritius
2nd  10,000  African Junior Championships  2001  Mauritius

Cross Country
DNF  12km Race    World Championships  2007  Mombasa
22nd  12km Race    World Championships  2006  Fukuoka
7th  12km Race    World Championships  2005  St. Etienne
2nd  8km Jr Race    World Championships  2004  Brussels
2nd  8km Jr Race    World Championships  2003  Lausanne
3rd    8km Jr Race    World Championships  2002  Dublin 
27th    8km Jr Race    World Championships  2000  Vilamoura


Prepared by John Manners for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. © IAAF 2002-2007.

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