Brimin Kipruto

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Brimin Kipruto
2011-06-09 Brimin Kipruto.jpg
Brimin Kipruto at the 2011 Bislett Games
Medal record
Competitor for  Kenya
Men’s athletics
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing 3000 m st.
Silver 2004 Athens 3000 m st.
World Championships
Gold 2007 Osaka 3000 m st.
Silver 2011 Daegu 3000 m st.
Bronze 2005 Helsinki 3000 m st.
Commonwealth Games
Bronze 2010 Delhi 3000 m st.

Brimin Kipruto (born 31 July 1985) is a Kenyan middle distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. He was born in Korkitony, Keiyo District. He holds a personal best of 7:53.64 minutes which is the second fastest time ever run, and the African Record.[1]

He won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics at the age of nineteen and improved to win the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics four years later. A World Championships bronze medallist in 2005, he took his first global title in the steeplechase with a win at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics

Career[edit]

At the 2001 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Debrecen, Hungary he finished second in steeplechase. He graduated from Kipsoen Secondary School in 2003. The same year he competed at the African Junior Championships in Cameroon and took silver again. At the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics he competed in 1500 instead of steeplechase and finished third.

In 2004, having finished 2nd at the Kenyan Olympic trials, the young Kipruto won the silver medal in the 3000 m steeplechase at the 2004 Olympic Games. In the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki he won a bronze medal in the same event. He finished third again at the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Final. In 2006 he finished sixth at the World Athletics Final, repeating his place from 2004.

In 2007, he won the gold medal in the steeplechase at the World Championships, in Osaka. After qualifying to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kipruto finally won the gold medal at the same event. At the 2009 World Championships, the defending champion finished only seventh.

He took two wins on the 2010 IAAF Diamond League circuit, finishing in first place at the Athletissima and Meeting Areva, but it was Kenyan rival Paul Kipsiele Koech who went on to win the inaugural Diamond League trophy in the steeplechase. He entered the 2010 Commonwealth Games with the fastest mark of the year (8:00.90), but could only manage third place behind Richard Mateelong and Ezekiel Kemboi as part of a Kenyan medal sweep.[2]

He competed in the short race at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country and finished in third place behind Eliud Kipchoge and Asbel Kiprop.[3]

He lives in Korkitony and trains with the Global Sports group in Kaptagat near Eldoret under coaches Patrick Sang and Joseph Chelimo.

Personal best[edit]

  • 1500 Metres – 3:35.23 (2006)
  • 3000 Metres – 7:47.33 (2006)
  • 2000 Metres Steeplechase – 5:36.81 (2001)
  • 3000 Metres Steeplechase – 7:53.64 (2011)

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 2nd 2000 m steeple
2003 African Junior Championships Garoua, Cameroon 2nd 3000 m s'chase
2004 World Junior Championships Grosetto, Italy 3rd 1500m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 3000 m s'chase
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th 3000 m s'chase
2005 World Cross Country Championships St Etienne, France 37th Short race
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 3000 m s'chase
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 3000 m s'chase
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 18th Short race
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th 3000 m s'chase
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 3000 m s'chase
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 3000 m s'chase
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 3000 m s'chase
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 9th 3000 m s'chase
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 7th 3000 m s'chase
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 6th 3000 m s'chase

References[edit]

  1. ^ 3000 Metres Steeplechase All Time. IAAF (2010-09-07). Retrieved on 2011-01-09.
  2. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (2010-10-12). India sweeps women’s Discus Throw, Langat and Kipsiro complete doubles – Commonwealth Games Day Six. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-09.
  3. ^ Wenig, Jorg (2011-01-08). Kipchoge and Masai prevail in snowy Edinburgh. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-09.

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