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Wilson Kipsang

Wilson Kipsang

Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich is a Kenyan born athletic runner, whose specialist category is long distance running including marathons, but particularly 10 kilometre and half marathon races. He was born on 15th March 1982 in the Keiyo District of Kenya.

His best achievement is being a holder of the 6th quickest time in the half marathon category, with a time of 58:59 minutes. His best time for full marathon races is 2:04:57 which puts him in the top ten best marathon achievers.

Kipsang began his career by running for the police in Kenya, when he ran in the Tegla Loroupe Peace Race over the 10 kilometre distance and finished in second place. In 2007 he became a professional international runner. Also in 2007, he ran the Tilburg Ten Miles where he finished second with a time of 46:27.

The same year he ran the Hem Road Race and won, with a time of 27:51 and he was the fourth fastest runner. Later he ran the Kenyan Police Force Championship where he came third, while Richard Mateelong took first place.

He then competed in the World’s Best 10 Kilometre race, where he finished in 28:09 minutes giving him third place, with Deriba Merga and Silas Kipruto coming ahead of him. In 2008, Kipsang opted for another go at the Tilburg Ten Miles but unfortunately he just missed the winning place by two seconds. His best race in 2008 was the Delhi Half Marathon.

Once again he finished just a second after the winner. He worked hard in the last stretch to pass Merga, but he just couldn’t pass him and had to settle for second place. He still managed to improve his personal best though, bringing it down to 59:16. That year, his best time was also the third quickest half marathon time.

The beginning of 2009 was a brilliant time for Kipsang with a very strong start to the year. His first race of 2009 was in the Egmond Half Marathon, in very cold weather conditions. He won the race hands down. Later he participated in the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon race and finished with a time of 58:59. He was only the 4th runner to ever have beat 59:00.

He returned to re-run the World’s Best 10 Kilometre race but once again he finished in 3rd place. Next was the Berlin Half Marathon where he came third. It appeared towards the end of 2009 he was perhaps tiring a little and his results were not as good as previous months or years.

In May of 2009 Kipsang ran in the Bangalore World 10 Kilometre race and came in a 4th place, followed by another 4th place in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championship later in the year. 2010 saw his very first full marathon race, when he ran the Paris Marathon in April. He managed to snag third place with a time of 2:07:13 hours, and was only 30 seconds behind first place. October 2010 saw him back on form when he won the Frankfurt Marathon.

He is a two-time winner of the Frankfurt race (2010 and 2011) and has also won the Lake Biwa Marathon and London Marathon (2012), where his 2:04:44 win made him the second man ever behind Haile Gebrselassie to finish three marathons in under 2 hours, 5 minutes. He received the bronze medal in the marathon of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which was won by Ugandan athlete Stephen Kiprotich.

Career Highlights

  • 2012 London Summer Olympics – Bronze
  • 2012 London Marathon – 1st
  • Frankfurt Marathon – 1st (2011,2010)
  • 2009 Egmond Half Marathon – 1st

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