Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich

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Wilson Kipsang at the 2012 London Marathon
Personal information
Full nameWilson Kipsang Kiprotich
Born (1982-03-15) 15 March 1982 (age 37)
Keiyo District, Kenya
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight60 kg (130 lb)
SportLong-distance running
ClubKenya Police
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Marathon: 2:03:13 (2016)
  • Half Marathon: 58:59 (2009)
  • 10 km: 27:32 (2008)
Updated on 2 May 2018.

Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich (born 15 March 1982) is a Kenyan athlete who specialises in long-distance running, competing in events ranging from 10 km to the marathon. He was the bronze medallist in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics. [1] He is the former world record holder in the marathon with a time of 2:03:23, which he set at the 2013 Berlin Marathon. He has run under 2 hours 4 minutes for the marathon on four separate occasions.

Kenya republic in East Africa

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa with 47 semiautonomous counties governed by elected governors. At 580,367 square kilometres (224,081 sq mi), Kenya is the world's 48th largest country by total area. With a population of more than 52.2 million people, Kenya is the 27th most populous country. Kenya's capital and largest city is Nairobi while its oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu City is the third largest city and also an inland port on Lake Victoria. Other important urban centres include Nakuru and Eldoret.

Long-distance running Athletic event

Long-distance running, or endurance running, is a form of continuous running over distances of at least 3 kilometres (1.8 miles). Physiologically, it is largely aerobic in nature and requires stamina as well as mental strength.

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

The marathon is a long-distance race with 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 marathon can be completed by running or with a run/walk strategy. There are also wheelchair divisions.


Kipsang is a two-time winner of the Frankfurt Marathon (2010 and 2011) and has also won the London Marathon (2012 and 2014), New York Marathon (2014), and Tokyo Marathon (2017). He holds the twelfth best time over the half marathon distance (58:59 minutes).

London Marathon marathon running race held in London, United Kingdom

The London Marathon is a long-distance running event held in London, United Kingdom, part of the World Marathon Majors. The event was first run on 29 March 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since. Since 2010, the race has been sponsored by Virgin Money.

Tokyo Marathon marathon held in Tokyo, Japan

The Tokyo Marathon is an annual marathon sporting event in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. It is an IAAF Gold Label marathon and one of the six World Marathon Majors. The latest edition of the race took place on 3 March 2019. It is sponsored by Tokyo Metro.

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 or a 5K race, 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.


A native of Keiyo District in Kenya, Kipsang began competitive running for Kenya Police, and finished second in the 10 kilometre Tegla Loroupe Peace Race. [2] He became a professional international athlete in 2007 and that year he took second place at the Tilburg Ten Miles, recording a time of 46:27, [3] and he won a road race in Hem (his time of 27:51 was the fourth fastest in a 10 km race that year). [4] He also took third place at the Kenyan Police Force championships, finishing behind Richard Mateelong. [5]

Keiyo District is a defunct administrative district in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya. The district was formed in 1994, when Elgeyo/Marakwet-District was split into two - the other half was Marakwet District. Keiyo District had a population of 143.865. Its capital was located in the Iten/Tambach town. In 2010, the districts were re-joined as Elgeyo-Marakwet County.

Kenya Police

The Kenya Police Service is a national body in charge of law enforcement in Kenya. It is subordinate to National Police Service which is headed by Inspector General of Police who exercises independent command over the Service. Kenya Police is headed by Deputy Inspector General. Kenya Police is divided into Service Headquarters, Formations, General Duty Commands and Training Institutions. General Duty commands are further divided into Regional, County, Sub-County Commands, Police stations and Police Posts in that hierarchy. Ultimately all these elements report to, and are accountable to Deputy Inspector General based at Kenya Police Headquarters in Nairobi.

The Tegla Loroupe Peace Race is an annual 10-kilometre road running event which takes place in November in Kapenguria, West Pokot County, Kenya. First held in 2003, the race was created by Kenyan runner Tegla Loroupe to bring together warriors of rival tribes to reduce conflict in the region. The event features separate 10K races for elite long-distance runners and local warriors. There is also a race for children and a VIP race for politicians and dignitaries. The race raises funds for the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, a charitable body focused education, sports and medical issues.


At the World's Best 10K, he finished third with a time of 28:09 behind Deriba Merga and Silas Kipruto. [6]

The World's Best 10K (WB10K) is a road race of 10 kilometers celebrated in San Juan, Puerto Rico every year. It is certified by the Association of International Marathons and Road Races (AIMS) and by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). The event was also the first race transmitted live through the Internet, with audio, video and results.

Deriba Merga Ethiopian marathon runner

Deriba Merga Ejigu is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. He mainly competes in the marathon. He finished fourth in that event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and went on to win the Boston Marathon the following year. His personal best for the distance is 2:06:38 hours.

Silas Kipruto is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in the half marathon and 10K run events, with personal bests of 59:39 minutes and 27:28 minutes respectively.

He returned to the Tilburg Ten Miles race in 2008, and again finished as runner-up – just two seconds behind winner Abiyote Guta. [7] His peak of the year was in a half marathon race: the Delhi Half Marathon. Kipsang pushed Merga, the 2006 World Road Running Champion, right up to the line but finished one second behind him. Despite the second-place finish, Kipsang improved his best by over one minute to 59:16. [8] His time was also the third fastest half marathon by any runner that year, with Merga and Haile Gebrselassie ahead of him by just one second each. [9]

Delhi Half Marathon

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM) is an annual half marathon foot-race held in New Delhi, India. Established in 2005, it is both an elite runner and mass participation event. It is an AIMS-certified course and is listed as a Gold Label Road Raceby the IAAF. The 2009 event attracted around 30k runners who competed in one of the four races: The event includes the half marathon, the 7 km Great Delhi Run, a 4.3 km run for senior citizens, and a 3.5 km wheelchair race.

Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopian long-distance runner

Haile Gebrselassie is a retired Ethiopian long-distance track and road running athlete. He won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres and four World Championship titles in the event. He won the Berlin Marathon four times consecutively and also had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon. Further to this, he won four world titles indoors and was the 2001 World Half Marathon Champion.


Kipsang started 2009 strongly, winning the Egmond Half Marathon in chilly conditions. [10] Another good performance followed when he took second at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon [11] – his time of 58:59 made him only the fourth runner to have run below 59 minutes. [12] At his second World's Best 10K he finished third, repeating his feat from the previous year. [13] Despite being the favourite for the 2009 Berlin Half Marathon, [14] he ended up in third place in a fast race which was the first occasion in which all the top-four runners finished under an hour. [15]

The Egmond Half Marathon is an annual half marathon race over 21.1 kilometres that has been staged in Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands since 1973. The competition normally takes place in early January. Sections of the road race cross along the beach and sand dunes of the village, situated on the North Sea coast. The 2010 edition of the race was cancelled due to poor weather conditions, marking the first break in the race's history.

Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon is an annual half marathon held in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Berlin Half Marathon

The Berlin Half Marathon is a major endurance event held annually in early spring in Berlin, Germany. Besides the runner´s main race, the event includes a race for inline skaters, wheelchair athletes and handbikers. All athletes use the same course, which has the official half marathon distance of 21.0975 km.

He competed in the World 10K Bangalore in May 2009, and finished fourth. [16] He competed in his first IAAF World Half Marathon Championships at the end of that year, taking fourth place with a time of 1:00:08.


In April 2010 he made his marathon debut in the Paris Marathon, and finished third in a time of 2:07:13 hours, half a minute behind winner Tadesse Tola. [17] He won the Frankfurt Marathon in October in a new course record of 2:04:57, this time beating Tadesse by over a minute. [18] The time made him the eighth fastest marathoner ever. [19]


He won his third marathon at the 2011 Lake Biwa Marathon, defeating Deriba Merga to win in a course record of 2:06:13. [20] He returned to defend his title at the Frankfurt Marathon and set about attacking Patrick Makau's five-week-old world record.

Kipsang came within four seconds of the time, crossing the line after 2:03:42, and ended the race with the second fastest marathon time ever. [21]


Kipsang began 2012 with a third-place finish at the RAK Half Marathon. [22] He won the London Marathon in April in 2:04:44, just 4 seconds short of the course record set the previous year by Emmanuel Mutai. Starting as favourite he went on to win the bronze medal in the men's marathon at the London 2012 Olympic games. [1] [23] One month after the Olympics, he travelled to Newcastle to win the Great North Run in 59:06. That December he won the Honolulu Marathon. [24]


He opened 2013 by continuing his winning line, taking the title at the New York Half Marathon. [25] He was among the favourites for the 2013 London Marathon, but he managed only fifth place, timing 2:07:47 for the distance. [26] He stepped down to the 10K for the Great Manchester Run and although he beat Haile Gebrselassie, he was runner-up by one second to Moses Kipsiro. [27] He performed less well at the Bogotá Half Marathon, taking fifth place with 1:05:26 hours. [28] On 29 September he won the Berlin Marathon and set a new world record of 2:03:23, 15 seconds faster than the previous record by Patrick Makau. [29]


On 13 April 2014, Kipsang won the 2014 London Marathon in a course record time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 29 seconds. [30]

On 2 November 2014, Kipsang won the New York City Marathon in 2:10:59 in his first appearance. [31]

At the 2016 BMW Berlin marathon, Kipsang ran the joint fourth-fastest marathon time ever, 2:03:13, which was good enough for second place behind winner Kenenisa Bekele in 2:03:03.

At 2017 Tokyo Marathon Kipsang ran CR with 2:03:58. After being forced to step out at BMW Berlin marathon at 30 km mark, Kipsang achieved 2nd place at the New York City Marathon in 2:10:56.


After his success at the 2017 Tokyo Marathon, Wilson Kipsang has returned to Japan's capital, with ambitions to reclaim the world record (WR) that he has lost to compatriot Dennis Kimetto. In the press conference, he has quoted 2:02:50, as his target time. However, the world record was not to be his, as Kipsang was forced to drop out after just 15 km, with stomach problems. The former world record holder said, "I really wanted to go fast, but after suffering from stomach problems the last two days before the race, I didn't have the power to run a decent race today." [32]

Wilson has returned to Berlin, in September, to attempt to break the WR as well as get even with his compatriot Eliud Kipchoge. In the pre-race press conference, Wilson has revealed that he would run a negative split, with 61:30 as his target time for the half-way point. On the race day, Wilson was unable to maintain the requested pace and ended up finishing 3rd, behind Amos Kipruto and Eliud Kipchoge, who set the new marathon WR, with the time of 2:01:39.


Wilson Kipsang in his World Record-setting run at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, he got Eliud Kipchoge on his back. Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich running world record at Berlin marathon 2013.jpg
Wilson Kipsang in his World Record-setting run at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, he got Eliud Kipchoge on his back.

International competition record

2009 World Half Marathon Championships Half Marathon Birmingham 4th1:00:08
2012 Olympic Games Marathon London 3rd2:09:37
2015 World Championships in Athletics Marathon Beijing DNF

Road running

Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, at London Half Marathon, 10 March 2019 Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, at London Half Marathon, 10 March 2019.jpg
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, at London Half Marathon, 10 March 2019
YearRoad RaceDistanceLocationRankTime
2007 Tilburg Ten Miles 10 miles Tilburg 2nd46:27
Hem 10k10 km Hem 1st27:51
Tarsus Half Marathon Half Marathon Tarsus 1st1:02:05 CR
2008 World's Best 10K 10 km San Juan 3rd28:09
Stadsloop Appingedam10 km Appingedam 1st28:39
Goudse Nationale Singelloop10 km Gouda 1st28:34
Tarsus Half Marathon Half Marathon Tarsus 1st1:02:50
Delhi Half Marathon Half Marathon New Delhi 2nd59:16
2009 Egmond Half Marathon Half Marathon Egmond aan Zee 1st1:05:36
Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah 2nd58:59
Stadsloop Appingedam10 km Appingedam 1st27:45
2010 Abu Dhabi Half Marathon Half Marathon Abu Dhabi 1st1:00:04
Paris Marathon Marathon Paris 3rd2:07:13
Frankfurt Marathon Marathon Frankfurt 1st2:04:57 CR
2011 Kärnten Läuft Half MarathonHalf Marathon Klagenfurt 1st1:02:25
Zwolle Half Marathon Half Marathon Zwolle 1st1:00:49
Lake Biwa Marathon Marathon Otsu 1st2:06:13 CR
Frankfurt Marathon Marathon Frankfurt 1st2:03:42 CR
2012 London Marathon Marathon London 1st2:04:44
Great North Run Half Marathon Newcastle 1st59:06
Honolulu Marathon Marathon Hawaii 1st2:12:31
2013 NYC Half Marathon Half Marathon New York City 1st1:01:02
Berlin Marathon Marathon Berlin 1st2:03:23 WR
2014 London Marathon Marathon London 1st2:04:29 CR
NYC Marathon Marathon New York City 1st2:10:59
Granollers Half Marathon Half Marathon Granollers 1st1:01:18
2015 London Marathon Marathon London 2nd2:04:47
Granollers Half Marathon Half Marathon Granollers 1st1:02:39
2016 London Marathon Marathon London 5th2:07:52
Great Manchester Run 10 km Manchester 2nd28:15
Berlin Marathon Marathon Berlin 2nd2:03:13
2017 Tokyo Marathon Marathon Tokyo 1st2:03:58 CR
NYC Marathon Marathon New York City 2nd2:10:56
2018Tokushima MarathonMarathon Tokushima 1st2:19:35
Berlin Marathon Marathon Berlin 3rd2:06:48
2019Vitality Big HalfHalf Marathon London 6th1:04:07
London Marathon Marathon London 12th2:09:18

World Marathon Majors results timeline

World Marathon Majors 20122013201420152016201720182019
Tokyo Marathon ----- 1st DNF -
Boston Marathon --------
London Marathon 1st 5th 1st 2nd 5th -- 12th
Berlin Marathon - 1st -- 2nd DNF 3rd
Chicago Marathon -------
New York City Marathon -- 1st 4th - 2nd -

Personal bests

Source – Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich at IAAF.

SurfaceDistanceTime (h:m:s)Speed (km/h)LocationDate
Track 5,000 m 14:20.820.9 Kisumu, Kenya30 APR 2005
10,000 m 28:31.521.1 Nairobi, Kenya06 JUN 2008
Road 10 km 27:4521.6 Appingedam, Netherlands27 JUN 2009
15 km 41:35+21.7 Ras al-Khaimah, UAE20 FEB 2009
Half marathon 58:5921.4 Ras al-Khaimah, UAE20 FEB 2009
Marathon 2:03:1320.5 Berlin, Germany25 SEP 2016

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Preceded by
Flag of Kenya.svg Patrick Makau
Men's Marathon World Record Holder
29 September 2013 – 28 September 2014
Succeeded by
Flag of Kenya.svg Dennis Kimetto