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Wilson Kipsang at the 2012 London Marathon
|Full name||Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich|
|Born||15 March 1982|
Keiyo District, Kenya
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||60 kg (130 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|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. 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.
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).
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. 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, and he won a road race in Hem (his time of 27:51 was the fourth fastest in a 10 km race that year). He also took third place at the Kenyan Police Force championships, finishing behind Richard Mateelong.
He returned to the Tilburg Ten Miles race in 2008, and again finished as runner-up – just two seconds behind winner Abiyote Guta. 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. 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.
Kipsang started 2009 strongly, winning the Egmond Half Marathon in chilly conditions. Another good performance followed when he took second at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon – his time of 58:59 made him only the fourth runner to have run below 59 minutes. At his second World's Best 10K he finished third, repeating his feat from the previous year. Despite being the favourite for the 2009 Berlin Half Marathon, 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.
He competed in the World 10K Bangalore in May 2009, and finished fourth. 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. He won the Frankfurt Marathon in October in a new course record of 2:04:57, this time beating Tadesse by over a minute. The time made him the eighth fastest marathoner ever.
He won his third marathon at the 2011 Lake Biwa Marathon, defeating Deriba Merga to win in a course record of 2:06:13. 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.
Kipsang began 2012 with a third-place finish at the RAK Half Marathon. 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. 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.
He opened 2013 by continuing his winning line, taking the title at the New York Half Marathon. He was among the favourites for the 2013 London Marathon, but he managed only fifth place, timing 2:07:47 for the distance. 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. He performed less well at the Bogotá Half Marathon, taking fifth place with 1:05:26 hours. 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.
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.
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."
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.
|2009||World Half Marathon Championships||Half Marathon||Birmingham||4th||1:00:08|
|2015||World Championships in Athletics||Marathon||Beijing||DNF||–|
|2007||Tilburg Ten Miles||10 miles||Tilburg||2nd||46:27|
|Hem 10k||10 km||Hem||1st||27:51|
|Tarsus Half Marathon||Half Marathon||Tarsus||1st||1:02:05 CR|
|2008||World's Best 10K||10 km||San Juan||3rd||28:09|
|Stadsloop Appingedam||10 km||Appingedam||1st||28:39|
|Goudse Nationale Singelloop||10 km||Gouda||1st||28:34|
|Tarsus Half Marathon||Half Marathon||Tarsus||1st||1:02:50|
|Delhi Half Marathon||Half Marathon||New Delhi||2nd||59:16|
|2009||Egmond Half Marathon||Half Marathon||Egmond aan Zee||1st||1:05:36|
|Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon||Half Marathon||Ras al-Khaimah||2nd||58:59|
|Stadsloop Appingedam||10 km||Appingedam||1st||27:45|
|2010||Abu Dhabi Half Marathon||Half Marathon||Abu Dhabi||1st||1:00:04|
|Frankfurt Marathon||Marathon||Frankfurt||1st||2:04:57 CR|
|2011||Kärnten Läuft Half Marathon||Half Marathon||Klagenfurt||1st||1:02:25|
|Zwolle Half Marathon||Half Marathon||Zwolle||1st||1:00:49|
|Lake Biwa Marathon||Marathon||Otsu||1st||2:06:13 CR|
|Frankfurt Marathon||Marathon||Frankfurt||1st||2:03:42 CR|
|Great North Run||Half Marathon||Newcastle||1st||59:06|
|2013||NYC Half Marathon||Half Marathon||New York City||1st||1:01:02|
|Berlin Marathon||Marathon||Berlin||1st||2:03:23 WR|
|2014||London Marathon||Marathon||London||1st||2:04:29 CR|
|NYC Marathon||Marathon||New York City||1st||2:10:59|
|Granollers Half Marathon||Half Marathon||Granollers||1st||1:01:18|
|Granollers Half Marathon||Half Marathon||Granollers||1st||1:02:39|
|Great Manchester Run||10 km||Manchester||2nd||28:15|
|2017||Tokyo Marathon||Marathon||Tokyo||1st||2:03:58 CR|
|NYC Marathon||Marathon||New York City||2nd||2:10:56|
|2019||Vitality Big Half||Half Marathon||London||6th||1:04:07|
|World Marathon Majors||2012||2013||2014||2015||2016||2017||2018||2019|
|New York City Marathon||-||-||1st||4th||-||2nd||-|
|Surface||Distance||Time (h:m:s)||Speed (km/h)||Location||Date|
|Track||5,000 m||14:20.8||20.9||Kisumu, Kenya||30 APR 2005|
|10,000 m||28:31.5||21.1||Nairobi, Kenya||06 JUN 2008|
|Road||10 km||27:45||21.6||Appingedam, Netherlands||27 JUN 2009|
|15 km||41:35+||21.7||Ras al-Khaimah, UAE||20 FEB 2009|
|Half marathon||58:59||21.4||Ras al-Khaimah, UAE||20 FEB 2009|
|Marathon||2:03:13||20.5||Berlin, Germany||25 SEP 2016|
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| Men's Marathon World Record Holder
29 September 2013 – 28 September 2014