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(born 5 November 1984 in Kapsisiywa,
) is a
long distance runner
who has won medals at Olympic and World level.
He came to prominence in 2003 by winning the junior race at the
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
, setting a
world junior record
on the track and then becoming world champion at the
2003 World Championships in Athletics
. An Olympic 5000 m bronze for Kenya followed at the
2004 Athens Olympics
and he took another bronze at the
2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships
A series of
came, starting at the
2007 World Championships in Athletics
before another runner-up placing at the
2008 Summer Olympics
. He was fifth at the
2009 World Championships
but again reached the podium at the
2010 Commonwealth Games
; he was second behind
in both the 5000 m and
. In addition to this he has won four medals at editions of the annual
IAAF World Athletics Final
best of 7:27.72 ranks him among the top ten at the distance and his 5000 m best of 12:46.53 makes him the fourth fastest ever in the event..
(2010-10-04). Retrieved on 2010-10-15.
Kipchoge graduated from Kaptel Secondary School in 1999 but did not run seriously then. In 2002, Kipchoge won at the Kenyan trials for the
2002 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
junior race. At the World Cross Country Championships, held in
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