Moses Ndiema Masai

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Moses Ndiema Masai
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Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Kenya
World Championships
Bronze 2009 Berlin 10000 m

Moses Ndiema Masai (born 1 June 1986 in Kapsogom, Mount Elgon District) is a Kenyan runner who specializes in the 10,000 metres.

Masai is from Bugaa village, four kilometres to Kapsokwony town.[1] Born to John Barasa Masai and Leonida Cherop, he is the first born out of ten children.[2] He started running while at Kapsogom Primary School. Later he joined Bishop Okiring Secondary School. At the 2005 Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year awards he won the most promising sportsman category.[3] He won a bronze medal at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Final in the 5000 m.

He ran in the 2008 Summer Olympics and managed to finish in fourth position in the 10,000 metres final, narrowly missing out on a medal.

His younger sister, Linet Masai, won women's 10,000 metres gold at the 2009 World Championships, himself winning bronze over the same distance. Other siblings Dennis,[4] Ndiema [1] and Magdaline are also runners.[2] Their father John Barasa Masai is also a former runner,[2] while Ben Jipcho, a legendary athlete, is their distant uncle.[1]

Moses Masai won the 2009 New Year's Eve San Silvestre Vallecana race.[5] He took the World's Best 10K title at the 2010 race in Puerto Rico, scoring a new course record of 27:19 and picking up a bonus for his fast time.[6] He signed up for the Dam tot Damloop in September 2010 and was a close runner-up to John Mwangangi, finishing a second behind his compatriot.[7] He made only three appearances in 2011, running at the FBK Games, Prefontaine Classic and the World's Best 10K, but finished outside the top five on each occasion.[8]

In spite of his low-profile prior seasons, he gained a place on the Kenyan Olympic team by coming second at the 10,000 m trials at 2012 Prefontaine Classic.[9]

Masai trains with PACE Sports Management.[10] He is married to Doris Changeywo as the couple has a daughter.

He is not to be confused with another Kenyan runner named Moses Masai, known for running marathons and road races in Central Europe.[11]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 10th 10,000 m
2005 African Junior Championships Radès, Tunisia 1st 5,000 m
1st 10,000 m
2007 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 5,000 m
2008 World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, Scotland 5th Senior race
1st Team competition
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 10,000 m
2013 Okpekpe International Road Race Okpekpe, Nigeria 1st 10 kilometres

Personal bests[edit]


  1. ^ a b c The Standard, August 20, 2009: Mt Elgon celebrates Masai’s triumph
  2. ^ a b c Daily Nation, August 20, 2009: For track marvels, it runs in the family
  3. ^ The Standard, March 21, 2008: Setting the pace for a successful sporting family
  4. ^ The Standard, March 23, 2008: Wonder girl Masai heads to Edinburgh
  5. ^ IAAF, January 1, 2010: Fulfilling favourite roles, Masai and Cheruiyot prevail in Madrid
  6. ^ Kuehls, Dave (2010-03-01). Masai and Cheruiyot take crowns in San Juan. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  7. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2010-09-20). Fast ten mile runs for Kibet and Mwangangi in Zaandam. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-20.
  8. ^ Moses Masai. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2012-06-02.
  9. ^ Gains, Paul (2012-06-02). Dibaba 30:24.39 and Kiprop 27:01.98 on stunning but wet first night in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  10. ^ "Moses Masai". PACE Sports Management. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  11. ^ IAAF profile for Moses Masai (marathon runner)