Priscah Jeptoo

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Priscah Jeptoo
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Personal information
Nationality Kenyan
Born (1984-06-26) 26 June 1984 (age 30)
Nandi, Kenya
Height 5'5" (1.65 m)
Weight 108 lb (49 kg)
Sport
Country Kenya Kenya
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Long distance running
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Half marathon: 1:06:11
  • Marathon: 2:20:14

Priscah Jeptoo (born 26 June 1984) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialises in the marathon. She has won marathons in New York, Paris, Turin, and London and has a best time of 2:20:14 for the distance. She was the runner-up in the marathon at both the World Championships in Athletics in 2011 and the 2012 London Olympics. She ranks third all-time over the half marathon distance with her best of 66 minutes and 11 seconds (and 65:45 minutes on the Great North Run downhill course).

Biography[edit]

She began competing at top level competitions in 2008 and made the top ten women at the Saint Silvester Road Race that year.[1] Her 2009 began with two wins in Portugal, at the Douro-Tal Half Marathon and then the Corrida Festas Cidade do Porto 15K race.[2] These preceded a course record-breaking run at the Porto Marathon in November, as she recorded a time of 2:30:40 hours for her debut effort.[3] At the start of the following year she took second place at the Padua Marathon.[4] Jeptoo showed marked improvement at the Turin Marathon in November, at which she outran Fate Tola to win the race in a new best time of 2:27:02 hours.[5]

She returned to Kenya in 2011 and came second at the Discovery Kenya Cross Country behind Priscah Jepleting.[6] She won the Goyang Joongang Half Marathon in March, setting a new personal best of 1:10:26 hours for the distance.[7] Jeptoo had a significant breakthrough at the 2011 Paris Marathon: although she did not expect to win, she successfully held off challenges from Agnes Kiprop and Koren Yal to be the first woman across the line, recording a time of 2:22:55 hours. This knocked off more than four minutes from her previous best and was the second fastest run ever recorded on the course.[8]

She won the silver medal in the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, finishing in 2:29:00 and placing second behind countrywoman Edna Kiplagat. Jeptoo was part of a Kenyan sweep of the medals, with Sharon Cherop taking the bronze, making it the first time that a country had taken all the medals in the World Championships marathon.[9] She turned to cross country in November 2011 and came third at the Cross de Atapuerca race then won the Cross de Soria.[10][11] She ran a new course record at the New Year's Eve Saint Silvester Road Race, beating Wude Ayalew to win the event.[12]

At the start of 2012 she finished second to Joice Chepkurui at the Discovery Kenya Cross Country.[13] She ran a personal best of 2:20:14 at the 2012 London Marathon, taking third place. This performance gained her a place on the Kenyan Olympic team and she went on to take the silver medal in the Olympic marathon. Her time of 2:23:12 was faster than the previous Olympic record, but five seconds behind the winner Tiki Gelana.[14] After the Olympics she won the Portugal Half Marathon and the end-of-year São Silvestre De Luanda races.[15]

She moved up to third on the half marathon all-time lists with a time of 66:11 minutes at the RAK Half Marathon in February 2013, although the exceptionally fast race saw her finish second behind Lucy Kabuu.[16] She won the 2013 London Marathon in a time of 2:20:15, beating the Olympic champion Tiki Gelana, who fell mid-race.[17] In July she won the Bogotá Half Marathon by a margin of over two minutes.[18] In November 2013, she won the New York City Marathon with a time of 2:25:07.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biscayart, Eduard (2009-01-01). Kwambai and Yimer win São Silvestre road race in Sao Paulo. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  2. ^ Evento: 10ª EDP GÁS - Corrida Festas Cidade do Porto. Run Porto (2009-06-28). Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  3. ^ 8 NOVEMBER 2009: PORTO MARATHON, PORTUGAL. AIMS. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  4. ^ Jeptoo Prisca. Marathon Info. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  5. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-11-14). Pertile surprises in rainy Turin, Jeptoo takes women’s crown. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  6. ^ Macharia, David (2011-01-24). Jepleting and Kipsang take Discovery Kenya XC titles in Eldoret. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  7. ^ Jeptoo, Priscah. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  8. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2011-04-10). Fast Kenyan sweep by Kiptoo and Jeptoo at Paris Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-14.
  9. ^ Johnson, Len (2011-08-27). Women's Marathon - Kiplagat leads historical sweep for Kenya. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-27.
  10. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2011-11-13). Merga and Masai confirm supremacy in Atapuerca as IAAF Cross Country Permit season kicks off. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-15.
  11. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2011-11-20). Chepkok and Jeptoo unopposed at Soria. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-20.
  12. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2012-01-01). T. Bekele and Jeptoo beat the Sao Paulo New Year’s Eve rain. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-01-02.
  13. ^ Macharia, David (2012-01-22). W. Kiprop takes down G. Mutai in Eldoret XC. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-01.
  14. ^ London 2012 - Event Report - Women's Marathon. IAAF (2012-08-05). Retrieved on 2013-01-27.
  15. ^ Lel and Jeptoo beat the heat in Lisbon - REPORT. IAAF (2012-09-30). Retrieved on 2013-01-27.
  16. ^ Kabuu and Kipsang triumph in high-quality races at Ras al-Khaimah Half. IAAF (2013-02-15). Retrieved on 2013-03-02.
  17. ^ "London Marathon 2013: Priscah Jeptoo and Tsegaye Kebede win". BBC Online. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  18. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2013-07-28). Kipsang and Jeptoo win in Bogota. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-07-29.
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