Moses Kiptanui

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Moses Kiptanui
Personal information
Born October 1, 1970

Moses Kiptanui (born October 1, 1970 in Marakwet District, Kenya) is a middle and long distance athlete mostly famous for 3,000 m steeplechase in which he was the number one ranked athlete from 1991 to 1995 and three time IAAF World Champion. Kiptanui was also the first man ever to run 3000 m steeplechase in under eight minutes.

Career[edit]

Kiptanui emerged in 1991 as a relatively unknown athlete. He won several IAAF Grand Prix races that season. He celebrated an especially spectacular victory in Zurich where he fell on the track on the last lap but still won easily. He was known as a highly confident and somewhat cocky athlete, who was self-coached and driven by his own self belief.[1]

His victory at the 1991 World Championships in Athletics in Tokyo therefore came as no surprise. To the great disappointment of many observers he was not included in the Kenyan team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Kiptanui had failed to qualify at the Kenyan trials in Nairobi.

However, shortly after the Olympics he set a new world record over 3000 m in Cologne with a time of 7:28.96 min. Only three days later he also broke the 3000 m steeplechase world record in 8:02.08 in Zurich. The following year, he defended the World Championship title easily in Stuttgart. He won the steeplechase race at the 1994 IAAF World Cup.[2]

In 1995 he broke the 5000 m world record in Rome in a time of 12:55.30 min (June 8). After collecting his third World Championship gold medal in Gothenburg he also set the new 3000 m steeplechase record in Zurich in a time of 7:59.18 min (August 16), the first man in history to ever dip under eight minutes for the 3000 m steeplechase.

A year later, he missed out on an Olympic gold medal again when he came second in the final in Atlanta. He was defeated by fellow Kenyan Joseph Keter. The next year, at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics in Athens, Greece, Kiptanui failed to win his fourth consecutive gold medal, but took silver. The winner was Wilson Boit Kipketer, also from Kenya.

He was still active in 2001 sighting the 2002 Commonwealth Games,[3] but did not compete there. After retirement, he has been a running coach. In 2008 he coached the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Ezekiel Kemboi.[4] He has also been the chairman of the Marakwet District branch of Athletics Kenya.[5]

His younger brother, Philemon Tanui run for University of Wyoming.

A school was built by Shoe4Africa to honor the lifetime achievement's of Kiptanui. The Shoe4Africa Moses Kiptanui School was opened in 2012 at Kamoi district, Marakwet and has eight primary classes with 320 students.

Major achievements

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2010-12-07). Confidence is key for rising 1500m star Kiplagat. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-12-07.
  2. ^ gbrathletics.com: IAAF WORLD CUP IN ATHLETICS
  3. ^ BBC Sports, December 6, 2001: Record relay to start Games
  4. ^ The Washington Post, 31 July 2008
  5. ^ Daily Nation, June 5, 2000: Polls open a new chapter in KAAA

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Records
Preceded by
Morocco Saïd Aouita
Men's 3000 m World Record Holder
August 16, 1992 — August 2, 1994
Succeeded by
Algeria Noureddine Morceli
Preceded by
Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie
Men's 5000 m World Record Holder
June 6, 1995 – August 16, 1995
Succeeded by
Ethiopia Haile Gebrselassie
Preceded by
Kenya Peter Koech
Men's Steeplechase World Record Holder
August 19, 1992 — August 13, 1997
Succeeded by
Kenya Wilson Boit Kipketer
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Germany Dieter Baumann
Men's 3000 m Best Year Performance
1992
Succeeded by
Algeria Noureddine Morceli
Preceded by
Algeria Noureddine Morceli
Men's 3000 m Best Year Performance
1995
Succeeded by
Kenya Daniel Komen
Preceded by
Kenya Yobes Ondieki
Men's 5000 m Best Year Performance
1992
Succeeded by
Kenya Ismael Kirui
Preceded by
Kenya Peter Koech
Men's 3000 m Steeple Best Year Performance
1991 – 1995
Succeeded by
Kenya John Kosgei