Boniface KIPROP

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Uganda Uganda
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    12 OCT 1985
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    174865
Boniface Kiprop of Uganda celebrates his 10,000m final (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
3000 Metres 7:36.95 London (GBR) 26 JUL 2008
5000 Metres 12:57.11 Stockholm (SWE) 25 JUL 2006
10,000 Metres 26:39.77 Bruxelles (BEL) 26 AUG 2005
10 Kilometres 27:58 Manchester (GBR) 21 MAY 2006
10 Miles Road 48:45 Twickenham (GBR) 20 OCT 2013
Half Marathon 1:04:43 Arezzo (ITA) 26 OCT 2014

Latest Active Season: 2014

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
5000 Metres 14:15.50 Brugnera (ITA) 06 SEP 2014
Half Marathon 1:04:43 Arezzo (ITA) 26 OCT 2014

Outdoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 7:36.95 London (GBR) 26 JUL 2008
2006 7:40.58 Gateshead (GBR) 11 JUN 2006
2004 7:47.26 Torino (ITA) 04 JUN 2004
2003 7:47.16 Lucerne (SUI) 25 JUN 2003
2002 7:57.28 Alicante (ESP) 06 APR 2002

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014 14:15.50 Brugnera (ITA) 06 SEP 2014
2008 13:17.26 Ostrava (CZE) 12 JUN 2008
2007 13:07.46 Roma (ITA) 13 JUL 2007
2006 12:57.11 Stockholm (SWE) 25 JUL 2006
2005 12:58.43 Roma (ITA) 08 JUL 2005
2004 13:05.47 Berlin (GER) 12 SEP 2004
2003 13:16.21 Ostrava (CZE) 12 JUN 2003

Outdoor

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 27:19.26 Hengelo (NED) 24 MAY 2008
2007 28:05.66 Algiers (ALG) 19 JUL 2007
2006 26:41.95 Bruxelles (BEL) 25 AUG 2006
2005 26:39.77 Bruxelles (BEL) 26 AUG 2005
2004 27:04.00 Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 2004
2003 27:15.88 Bruxelles (BEL) 05 SEP 2003

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2013 29:30 Poole (GBR) 02 JUN 2013
2009 29:00 London (GBR) 25 MAY 2009
2008 29:02 Edinburgh (GBR) 04 MAY 2008
2007 28:22 Paris (FRA) 31 DEC 2007
2006 27:58 Manchester (GBR) 21 MAY 2006
2005 28:24 Edinburgh (GBR) 08 MAY 2005
2004 28:40 Paris (FRA) 26 DEC 2004
2003 28:57 Lisboa (POR) 31 DEC 2003
2002 28:38 Barcelona (ESP) 28 APR 2002

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2014 1:04:43 Arezzo (ITA) 26 OCT 2014
2013 1:05:21 Torbay (GBR) 23 JUN 2013

Outdoor

10 Miles Road

Performance Place Date
2013 48:45 Twickenham (GBR) 20 OCT 2013
2007 48:51 Portsmouth (GBR) 28 OCT 2007

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 10,000 Metres 27:25.48 Athina (GRE) 20 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 10,000 Metres 27:10.98 Helsinki (FIN) 08 AUG 2005

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. U20 Race 24:03 Bruxelles (BEL) 21 MAR 2004
7. Long Race 35:45 St-Etienne (FRA) 20 MAR 2005

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 10,000 Metres 28:03.77 Grosseto (ITA) 14 JUL 2004
5. 5000 Metres 13:33.18 Grosseto (ITA) 18 JUL 2004

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. 10,000 Metres 28:05.66 Algiers (ALG) 19 JUL 2007
4. 10,000 Metres 27:53.37 Abuja (NGR) 12 OCT 2003
6. 5000 Metres 13:35.45 Abuja (NGR) 15 OCT 2003

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 5000 Metres 13:40.03 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005
8. 5000 Metres 13:36.33 Stuttgart (GER) 14 SEP 2008
8. 5000 Metres 13:56.30 Stuttgart (GER) 10 SEP 2006
8. 5000 Metres 13:15.48 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 10,000 Metres 27:50.99 Melbourne (AUS) 25 MAR 2006

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 5000 Metres 13:48.49 Garoua (CMR) 03 AUG 2003
1. 10,000 Metres 29:08.16 Garoua (CMR) 03 AUG 2003
Results in:

5000 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
11 JUN 2014 Avellino Trofea Citta' di Avellino ITAITA F F 3. 14:18.23
02 SEP 2014 Rovereto Palio Città della Quercia ITAITA C F 11. 14:16.68
06 SEP 2014 Brugnera Memorial Guido Maccan ITAITA F F 3. 14:15.50

Half Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
26 OCT 2014 Arezzo Half Marathon ITAITA E F 10. 1:04:43


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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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