Edna Kiplagat

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Edna Kiplagat
Edna Kiplagat Moscow 2013.jpg
Kiplagat at the 2013 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1979-09-15) 15 September 1979 (age 39)
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
CountryFlag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon

Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat (born 15 September 1979) is a Kenyan long-distance runner. She is the 2011 and 2013 IAAF 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. [2]

IAAF World Championships in Athletics international athletics tournament

The IAAF World Championships, commonly referred to as the World Championships in Athletics, is a biennial athletics event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The World Championships was started in 1976 in response to the International Olympic Committee dropping the men's 50 km walk from the Olympic athletics programme for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, despite its constant presence at the games since 1932. The IAAF chose to host its own world championship event instead, a month and a half after the Olympics. It was the first World Championships that the IAAF had hosted separate from the Olympic Games. A second limited event was held in 1980, and a major expansion in 1983 is considered the official start of the event. It was then held every four years until 1991, when it switched to a two year cycle.

Marathon long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres

The marathon is a long-distance race, completed by running, walking, or a run/walk strategy. There are also wheelchair divisions. The marathon has an official distance of 42.195 kilometres, usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, who reported the victory.

The LA Marathon is an annual running event held each spring in Los Angeles, California. The 26.219 mile (42.195 km) footrace, inspired by the success of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, has been contested every year since 1986. The 33rd edition of the marathon took place on March 18, 2018. The marathon is currently sponsored by Skechers, and thus its official title is the Skechers Performance LA Marathon.



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.

3000 metres long-distance track running event

The 3000 metres or 3000-meter run is a track running event, also commonly known as the 3K or 3K run, where 7.5 laps are completed around an outdoor 400 m track or 15 laps around a 200 m indoor track.

1996 World Junior Championships in Athletics

The 1996 World Junior Championships in Athletics were held in Sydney, Australia on August 20–25.

1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics

The 1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics is the 1998 edition of the World Junior Championships in Athletics. It was held in Annecy, France from July 28 to August 2.

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).

2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

The 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships took place on April 1/2, 2006. The races were held at the Umi-no-nakamichi Seaside Park in Fukuoka, Japan, Japan's National Cross Country Course which is the permanent residence of the annual Fukuoka International Cross Country meeting.

5000 metres long-distance track running event

The 5000 metres or 5000-meter run is a common long-distance running event in track and field. It is one of the track events in the Olympic Games and the World Championships in Athletics, run over 12.5 laps of a standard track. The same distance in road running is called a 5K run. The 5000 m has been present on the Olympic programme since 1912 for men and since 1996 for women. Prior to 1996, women had competed in an Olympic 3000 metres race since 1984. The 5000 m has been held at each of the World Championships in Athletics in men's competition and since 1995 in women's.

Half marathon road running event of 21.0975 kilometres

A half marathon is a road running event of 21.0975 km —half the distance of a marathon. It is common for a half marathon event to be held concurrently with a marathon, using almost the same course with a late start, an early finish or shortcuts. If finisher medals are awarded, the medal or ribbon may differ from those for the full marathon. The half marathon is also known as a 21K, 21.1K or 13.1 miles, although these values are rounded and not formally correct.


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]

Emily Chebet Kenyan long-distance runner

Emily Chebet Muge is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialises in the 10,000 metres and cross country running. She is a two-time winner of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, being the gold medallist in 2010 and 2013.

Freihofers Run for Women

Freihofer's Run for Women is an annual five-kilometer road running competition for women that is usually held in late May or early June in Albany, New York, United States. First held in 1979, the race has grown into a sizable event that holds IAAF Silver Label Road Race status and had 3,927 participants at the 2010 edition. The 2011 edition garnered 5,000 entires, four-fifths of whom are distance runners.

Falmouth Road Race

The Falmouth Road Race is an annual 7.1-mile (11.4 km) road race on Cape Cod from Woods Hole, a village in the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, to Falmouth Heights.

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.

2010 New York City Marathon

The 41st New York City Marathon took place on Sunday November 7, 2010. Sponsored by ING, the competition was the fifth World Marathon Major of 2010 and an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. A record 45,344 people were entered into the race. Ethiopian runner Gebregziabher Gebremariam won the men's race in a time of two hours, eight minutes and fourteen seconds on his debut performance over the distance. Edna Kiplagat took first place in the women's race with her winning time of 2:28:20.

Shalane Flanagan American distance runner

Shalane Flanagan is an American long-distance runner. She holds the American record times in the 3000 meters (indoor), 5000 m (indoor) and 15K road race. She won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in the 10,000 m and the bronze medal at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She won the Women's 2017 New York City Marathon, the first American woman to do so since Miki Gorman in 1977.


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]

New York City Half Marathon annual half marathon road running race

The New York City Half Marathon is an annual half marathon road running race. It passes through famous landmarks such as Central Park and Times Square. New York Road Runners administers the race.

Caroline Rotich Kenyan long-distance runner

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2011 London Marathon 31st London Marathon

The 2011 London Marathon took place on Sunday, 17 April 2011. The men's elite race saw Emmanuel Mutai win in a course record time to become the fourth-fastest ever over the distance. Runner-up Martin Lel sprinted to the line to beat Patrick Makau, completing a Kenyan sweep of the podium. Mary Keitany became the fourth-fastest woman ever with her winning time, while defending champion Liliya Shobukhova came second with a Russian record time.


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]


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]

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 returned to the 2015 London Marathon with a time of 2:27:16 hours (11th place). She finished 5th 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]


World Marathon Majors results

World Marathon Majors 20102011201220132014201520162017
Tokyo Marathon ------ 3rd -
Boston Marathon ------- 1st
London Marathon - 3rd 2nd 2nd 1st 11th --
Berlin Marathon --------
Chicago Marathon ------ 2nd -
New York City Marathon 1st --- 13th --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. [23]

She started the Edna Kiplagat Foundation to raise awareness of breast cancer. [24] Kiplagat also volunteers to create awareness for garbage management toward keeping a clean environment. [19]

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Mary Jepkosgei Keitany Kenyan long-distance runner

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