Edna Kiplagat

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Edna Kiplagat
Edna Kiplagat Moscow 2013.jpg
Kiplagat at the 2013 World Championships
Personal information
Full nameEdna Ngeringwony Kiplagat
Born (1979-11-15) 15 November 1979 (age 43)
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
Country Kenya
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Long-distance running
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2011 Daegu
  • Marathon - Gold medal icon.svg Gold
  • 2013 Moscow
  • Marathon - Gold medal icon.svg Gold
  • 2015 Beijing
  • Marathon - 5th
  • 2017 London
  • Marathon - Silver medal icon.svg Silver
  • 2019 Doha
  • Marathon - 4th
Olympic finals
  • 2012 London
  • Marathon - 19th
Personal best(s)

Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat (born 15 November 1979) is a Kenyan professional long-distance runner. She was the 2011 and 2013 World Champion in the marathon. [1] She established herself as an elite marathon runner with wins at the Los Angeles and New York City Marathons in 2010. Her personal best for the distance is 2:19:50 hours, set at the London Marathon in 2012. At age 37, Kiplagat won the 2017 Boston Marathon in a time of 2:21:52 hours, and won the marathon silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in London. [2] At age 39, she was second at the 2019 Boston Marathon and fourth in the event at the following World Championships. At age 41, she won the 2021 Boston Marathon, becoming the oldest-ever winner of a World Marathon Major (male or female).



At the 3000 metres distance, Kiplagat won a silver medal at the 1996 World Junior Championships and a bronze medal at the 1998 World Junior Championships.

She finished thirteenth in the long race at the 2006 World Cross Country Championships. In the same season she recorded personal bests in the 5000 metres, with 15:57.3 minutes in July in Nairobi, and the half marathon, with 1:09:32 hours in October in San Jose. In June 2007 she ran the 10,000 metres in 33:27.0 minutes in Nairobi. [3] She won the 2006 Virginia Beach Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, [4] the 2007 Lilac Bloomsday Run and the 2007 Bay to Breakers (San Francisco).


Kiplagat finished second behind Emily Chebet at the 2010 Freihofer's Run for Women, running a time of 15:20 and winning $5000 in the process. [5] She managed third place at the Beach to Beacon race in August 2010, [6] and completed the same feat at the Falmouth Road Race two weeks later (finishing behind Lineth Chepkurui and Wude Ayalew at both competitions). [7]

Kiplagat won the Los Angeles Marathon in 2010, only her second marathon ever, and went on to win the 2010 New York City Marathon. She defeated two marathon debutantes, Shalane Flanagan of the United States and Mary Keitany of Kenya, who took second and third, respectively.

Kiplagat at the 2011 London Marathon Edna Kiplagat, London Marathon 2011.jpg
Kiplagat at the 2011 London Marathon


She ran a career best of 1:09:00 at the New York City Half Marathon, finishing as runner-up behind Caroline Rotich. [8] She took on Keitany again at the 2011 London Marathon, but was outrun by her domestic rival. Still, Kiplagat was pleased with her third-place performance as her time of 2:20:46 marked a significant personal best, improving upon her previous time by almost five minutes. [9] Kiplagat was the race favourite for the 2011 World Championships Marathon and delivered on her form, taking the women's title in a time of 2:28:43 hours. Her win did not look assured when she fell over in the last 5 km, but her teammate and eventual third placer Sharon Cherop stopped mid-race to help Kiplagat to her feet. Kiplagat, Cherop and Priscah Jeptoo made it a medal sweep for Kenya – the first time that any nation had taken all three medals at a global marathon championship. [1] She entered the Montferland Run with a slight injury and finished as runner-up to Abebech Afework. [10]


She began 2012 on grass and came third at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships. [11] This was her preparation for the 2012 London Marathon, where she was the last runner to challenge eventual winner Mary Keitany and ended the race as runner-up in a personal best of 2:19:50 hours. [12] Kiplagat was selected for the Kenyan Olympic team as a result. [13] She was a comfortable winner of the New York Mini 10K in June. [14] At the 2012 London Olympics she failed to repeat her success in the British capital and managed only twentieth place in the Olympic marathon with a time of 2:27:52 hours. Six weeks later she ran at the Great North Run and had a better performance, setting a personal best of 1:07:41 hours while finishing runner-up to Tirunesh Dibaba. [15]


Edna Kiplagat near the halfway point in the 2017 Boston Marathon which she won Edna Kiplagat.jpg
Edna Kiplagat near the halfway point in the 2017 Boston Marathon which she won

Kiplagat finished runner-up in the London Marathon for the second consecutive year, on this occasion behind Priscah Jeptoo. [16]

Later in 2013 she became the first woman to retain the marathon world title when she earned the first gold medal on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships, taking victory ahead of Valeria Straneo and Kayoko Fukushi in a time of 2:25:44 hours. [17]


After finishing on the podium in each of the previous three editions, Kiplagat finally claimed victory at the London Marathon ahead of (unrelated) compatriot Florence Kiplagat in a time of 2:20:21 hours. [18]

Kiplagat ended 2014 with a 2:36:24 finish (13th place) at the 2014 New York City Marathon. [19]


Kiplagat returned to the 2015 London Marathon with a time of 2:27:16 hours (11th place). She finished in fifth place at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing with a time of 2:28:15 hours. [19]


2016 saw Kiplagat return to the Top 3 of major races with significantly faster finishing times than just one year prior. She finished in 2:22:36 hours for 3rd place at the 2016 Tokyo Marathon, and in 2:23:28 hours for 2nd place at the 2016 Chicago Marathon. [19]


At age 37, Kiplagat won the 2017 Boston Marathon in a time of 2:21:52 hours. [2] [20]

This victory was her debut Boston Marathon after over a decade of exceptional running. "I have done almost everything in our sport, but it was one of my dreams to run Boston, the world's oldest marathon," says Kiplagat. "And it will also mean I have run five of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors in addition to both the Olympic Games and World Championships." [19]

In August, Kiplagat participated in the 2017 World Championships in Athletics held in London. She won the silver medal in the women's marathon in a time of 2:27:18. She was preceded by Rose Chelimo. [21] [22]


Kiplagat competed in the 2021 Boston Marathon less than one month before her 42nd birthday. She initially finished second, 24 seconds behind her compatriot Diana Kipyokei. Kipyokei's result was disqualified on December 20, 2022 for use of a performance-enhancing corticosteroid. Kiplagat was retroactively elevated to first place. [23] [24] Her victory made her the oldest runner, either male or female, to have won a World Marathon Major event. At the time of her win, she was more than three years older than the previous female recordholder, Constantina Diță.


World Marathon Majors results

World Marathon Majors 2010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Tokyo Marathon ------ 3rd ----p-
Boston Marathon ------- 1st 9th 2nd x 1st 4th
London Marathon - 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 10th -------
Berlin Marathon -------- 4th -x--
Chicago Marathon ------ 2nd ---x--
New York City Marathon 1st -- 9th 12th -- 4th --x- 4th

Personal life

Kiplagat is a police woman in Iten, Kenya. "I am one of the role models in my town and country," says Kiplagat. "I have mentored girls in school and I have empowered women to form community associations. I also support less fortunate kids to pay their school fees." [19]

Kiplagat and her husband have five children – two of her own, two adopted from her sister who died of breast cancer in 2003, and one adopted from a neighbor who died in childbirth in 2013. Her children Wendy, 9, and Carlos, 13, were at the finish line and award ceremony for her victory in the 121st annual Boston Marathon. [25]

She started the Edna Kiplagat Foundation to raise awareness of breast cancer. [26] Kiplagat also volunteers to create awareness for garbage management toward keeping a clean environment. [19]

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