Rita Jeptoo

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Rita Jeptoo at the 2007 Boston Marathon
Jeptoo competing in the marathon at the 2005 World Championships
Jeptoo, running in the 2013 Boston Marathon, which she won, shown approaching the halfway point in Wellesley

Rita Jeptoo (born 15 February 1981) is a Kenyan marathon runner. She has won the Boston Marathon three times, including setting the course record at 2:18:57 in 2014. She has also won marathons in Chicago, Stockholm, and Milan, as well as having represented Kenya in the event at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. She was the bronze medalist at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships.

Career[edit]

Jeptoo won the 2004 Stockholm Marathon, her first marathon race,[1] and then took a consecutive victory at the Milan Marathon.[2] She finished third in the 2005 Turin Marathon and seventh at the 2005 World Championships.[3]

In 2006, she set a personal best time of 2:23:38 winning the Boston Marathon, she took the title at the Paris Half Marathon,[4] she won the bronze medal at the 2006 World Road Running Championships,[5] she was fourth at the New York City Marathon that same year. In 2007, she finished fourth in Boston, attempting to defend her title, and was quoted as saying, "I never felt good in the cold. I couldn't get my body in a rhythm."[6] She won the Lisbon Half Marathon that year, later going on to take seventh place in the marathon at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. She ended her 2007 with a new course record at the Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race, earning US$50,000 as a result.[7]

She won the Portugal Half Marathon in 2008. She was among the leading runners at the Boston and New York marathons that season, finishing third and fourth respectively.[8] She took time off from running for maternity leave from late 2008 onwards, returning to competition in 2011.[9] The Rotterdam Marathon was her return marathon outing and she came fifth with a time of 2:28:09 hours.[10] She ran her fastest marathon time since 2005 at the Frankfurt Marathon, taking fifth place after 2:25:44 hours.[11]

Returning to the site of her 2006 win, she came sixth at the 2012 Boston Marathon.[12] She came fourth at the Beach to Beacon 10K and Falmouth Road Race, but delivered her best performance in half a decade at the 2012 Chicago Marathon. A tight duel with Atsede Baysa in the latter stages of the race resulted in her narrowly finishing as runner-up, but her time of 2:22:04 hours knocked over a minute and half off her six-year-old personal best.[13]

The 2013 RAK Half Marathon was so fast that Jeptoo improved her best to 66:27 minutes—making her the fifth fastest ever—but left her in third place in the race.[14]

In 2013, she won both the Boston Marathon in a time of 2:26:25,[15] and the Chicago Marathon in a time of 2:19:57 (personal best).[16]

Rita defended her Boston Marathon title in 2014, winning with a time of 2:18:57 and setting a new course record.[17]

Rita defended her Chicago Marathon title in 2014, winning with a time of 2:24:35. However, she had a positive doping test in her "A" sample, given in Kenya two weeks before the race. Her agent Federico Rosa, a prominent name in elite marathon running, confirmed the fact but refused to reveal the responsible substance.[18][19][20][21]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Noah Busienei, a middle distance runner.[22]


Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
2004 Stockholm Marathon Stockholm, Sweden 1st Marathon 2:35:14
Milan Marathon Milan, Italy 1st Marathon 2:28:11
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 7th Marathon 2:24:22
2006 Paris Half Marathon Paris, France 1st Half marathon 1:09:56
Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:23:38
2007 Lisbon Half Marathon Lisbon, Portugal 1st Half marathon 1:07:05
2013 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:26:25
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon 2:19:57
2014 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st Marathon 2:18:57 (CR)
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st Marathon 2:24:35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stockholm Marathon History 2004-2006 accessed August 10, 2007
  2. ^ Milan City Marathon 2004 accessed August 10, 2007
  3. ^ Turin Marathon History accessed August 10, 2007
  4. ^ Paris Half Marathon - List of Winners
  5. ^ Athlete profile for Rita Jeptoo Sitienei
  6. ^ Runner's World article by Toby Tanser - Russian Woman wins Boston accessed August 10, 2007
  7. ^ Hughes, Danny (2007-11-24). Jeptoo, Awash cruise to Obudu Mountain victories. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-05.
  8. ^ Jeptoo Sitienei Rita. Marathon Info. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  9. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2011-02-05). Mwangi and Lisoreng take Police XC titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  10. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2011-04-10). Chebet impresses with 2:05:27 victory in Rotterdam. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  11. ^ Butcher, Pat (2012-10-30). Kipsang tantalises with 2:03:42 World record assault in Frankfurt. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-19.
  12. ^ Morse, Parker (2012-04-16). Korir and Cherop the best as warm weather slows Boston. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-26.
  13. ^ Gugala, Jon (2012-10-07). Course record for Kebede, Baysa dethrones Shobukhova - Chicago Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-02.
  14. ^ Kabuu and Kipsang triumph in high-quality races at Ras al-Khaimah Half. IAAF (2013-02-15). Retrieved on 2013-03-02.
  15. ^ Desisa and Jeptoo will defend their Boston Marathon titles | iaaf.org
  16. ^ Kimetto smashes course record, Jeptoo cracks 2:20 in Chicago | iaaf.org
  17. ^ Fantz, Ashley (April 21, 2014). "A year later, Boston Marathon runners race again". Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ Rita Jeptoo: Kenyan marathon runner fails doping test. BBC Sport (2014-10-31). Retrieved on 2014-11-02.
  19. ^ Pilon, Mary & Logman, Jere (2014-10-31). Rita Jeptoo, Kenyan Marathon Champion, Fails Preliminary Doping Test. New York Times. Retrieved on 2014-11-02.
  20. ^ Agent: Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo failed doping test. USA Today (2014-10-31). Retrieved on 2014-11-02.
  21. ^ Pepin, Matt (2014-10-31). Boston Marathon women’s champ Rita Jeptoo failed drug test. Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2014-11-02.
  22. ^ Boston Marathon Runner Profile - Rita Jeptoo accessed August 10, 2007

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