Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich

Wilson Kipsang

Wilson Kipsang at the 2012 London Marathon
Personal information
Full name Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
Born (1982-03-15) 15 March 1982
Keiyo, Kenya
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Country Kenya
Sport Long-distance running
Event(s) Marathon
Club Kenya Police
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Marathon: 2:03:13 (2016)
  • Half Marathon: 58:59 (2009)
  • 10 km: 27:32 (2008)
Updated on 14 August 2012.

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 5 minutes for the marathon on six separate occasions.

Kipsang is a two-time winner of the Frankfurt Marathon (2010 and 2011) and has also won the London and Berlin Marathons. He holds the twelfth best time over the half marathon distance (58:59 minutes). He won the 2014 London Marathon in a record time of 2 hours 4 minutes and 29 seconds.


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]


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

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]


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]

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 4th fastest marathon time ever 2.03.13, which was only good enough for 2nd place behind winner Kenenisa Bekele in 2.03.03.


Wilson Kipsang in his World Record-setting run at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.

International competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2009 World Half Marathon Championships Birmingham, England 4th Half marathon 1:00:08
2012 Olympic Games London, UK 3rd Marathon 2:09:37
2015 World Championships in Athletics Beijing, China DNF Marathon

Road running circuit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2007 Tilburg Ten Miles Tilburg, Netherlands 2nd 46:27
Hem 10k Hem, Netherlands 1st 27:51
2008 World's Best 10K San Juan, Puerto Rico 3rd 28:09
Delhi Half Marathon New Delhi, India 2nd 59:16
2009 Egmond Half Marathon Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands 1st 1:05:36
Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah, UAE 2nd 58:59
2010 Abu Dhabi Half Marathon Abu Dhabi, UAE 1st 1:00:04
Paris Marathon Paris, France 3rd 2:07:13
Frankfurt Marathon Frankfurt, Germany 1st 2:04:57 CR
2011 Zwolle Half Marathon Zwolle, Netherlands 1st 1:00:49
Lake Biwa Marathon Otsu, Japan 1st 2:06:13 CR
Frankfurt Marathon Frankfurt, Germany 1st 2:03:42 CR
2012 London Marathon London, UK 1st 2:04:44
Great North Run Newcastle, UK 1st 59:06
Honolulu Marathon Hawaii, USA 1st 2:12:31
2013 NYC Half Marathon New York City, USA 1st 1:01:02
Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 1st 2:03:23 WR
2014 London Marathon London, UK 1st 2:04:29 CR
NYC Marathon New York City, USA 1st 2:10:59
2015 London Marathon London, UK 2nd 2:04:47
2016 London Marathon London, UK 5th 2:07:52
Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 2nd 2:03:13

Personal bests

Source – Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich profile at IAAF.

Surface Event Time (h:m:s) Speed (km/h) Venue Date
Track 10,000 m 28:37.0 21.0 Nairobi, Kenya 26 May 2007
Road 10 km 27:32 21.9 New Delhi, India 9 November 2008
15 km 41:35+ 21.7 Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates 20 February 2009
Half marathon 58:59 21.4 Ras al-Khaimah, United Arab Emirates 20 February 2009
Marathon 2:03:13 20.5 Berlin, Germany 25 September 2016


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