(born 29 September 1981 in Rokocho
, Keiyo District
) is a Kenyan
long-distance runner who specializes in the 5000 metres
and cross-country running
He graduated from Lelboinet Secondary School in 1998. The next year he qualified for the 1999 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
, where he finished sixth at the junior race. He was recruited by Kenyan Army
He now trains with Daniel Komen
who was Kenya's foremost runner for a while. Kipketer broke the 3,000m junior world record
twice when he was 17. He has also broken the 13-minute barrier for the 5000 metres. He won a 10000 metres in Brussels with his personal record time of 26:49.38. Right now he is focusing on 10 kilometer races.
He holds the 5 Kilometres road running world record as recognised by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians
(ARRS), while IAAF
does not keep world record over the distance. Kipketers time, 12:59.5 minutes, was set at the Carlsbad 5000
race in Carlsbad, California
in March 2000.
He won the Parelloop
10K in race in the Netherlands
in 2001, setting a new world record of 27.18 minutes. Haile Gebrselassie
run the distance in 27:02 minutes in 2002 in Doha
, IAAF recognised the time as world record, while ARRS rejected it claiming Gebrselassie got assistance by a vehicle. Thus Kipketer's time is still a valid ARRS world record (as of 2007), although......