Ali Kaya

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Ali Kaya
Ali Kaya Rieti 2013.jpg
Personal information
Birth nameStanley Kiprotich Mukche
Born (1994-04-20) 20 April 1994 (age 25)
Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight54 kg (119 lb)
SportLong-distance running
Event(s)5000 m, 10,000 m
Coached byCarol Santa

Ali Kaya (born as Stanley Kiprotich Mukche on 20 April 1994) is a Turkish long distance runner of Kenyan origin competing in the 5000 m and 10,000 m events. He holds the 10,000 m European record for juniors, set in 2013.


He was born Stanley Kiprotich Mukche on 20 April 1994 in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. In 2010, he moved to Turkey and adopted the Turkish name Ali Kaya. Following his naturalization in 2013, he became officially eligible to represent his new home country in international competitions on 20 June of the same year.[2][3][4]

He won two gold medals, in the 5000 m and 10,000 m events, at the 2013 European Athletics Junior Championships held in Rieti, Italy. In the 10,000 m event, he set a new Turkish national record with a time of 28:31.16.[4][5] He caused a scandal following the race when he abruptly left the championship for Kenya without showing up at the medal ceremony. Another Turkish athlete stood on the championship podium in Italy to receive his medal.[6] According to the Turkish Athletics Federation, he travelled to Kenya in order to join a four-day training session in Kenya with his fellow countryman and naturalized Turk İlham Tanui Özbilen.

At the 2013 Islamic Solidarity Games held Palembang, Indonesia, Ali Kaya won a silver and a gold medal in the 5000-meter and 10,000-meter events, respectively.[7][8]

At the European Championship in Zurich over 10.000 meters he competed against double Olympic champion Mo Farah, clinching a bronze medal after a fast finish.[9] He became the youngest medalist ever in the European 10.000 final.

At the World Championships in Beijing 2015 he was one of only four athletes to reach the final of both the 10.000m and the 5000m. He finished 7th in 10000 m and 9th in 5000 m.

Kaya became the first Turkish person to win at the Istanbul Half Marathon in April 2016.[10]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2013 European Junior Championships Rieti, Italy 1st 5000 m 13:49.76
1st 10,000 m 28:31.16 CR NJR
Islamic Solidarity Games Palembang, Indonesia 2nd 5000 m 14:04.59
1st 10,000 m 29:36.64
European Cross Country Championships Belgrade, Serbia 1st Junior race 17:49
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 1st 3000 m 7:38.42 CR NR'
European U23 Championships Tallinn, Estonia 1st 5000 m 13:20.16
1st 10,000 m 27:53.38
World Championships Beijing, China 9th 5000 m 13:56.51
7th 10,000 m 27:43.69
European Cross Country Championships Hyères, France 1st Senior race 29:20
9th Senior team 154 pts
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 2nd 10,000 m 28:21.42
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 39th (h) 5000 m 14:05.34
10,000 m DNF
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 9th 3000 m 8:08.92
Islamic Solidarity Games Baku, Azerbaijan 5th 5000 m 13:30.24
4th 10,000 m 27:54.41
European Team Championships Lille, France 2nd 3000 m 7:59.54
1st 10,000 m 13:36.75 CR


  1. ^ Rio 2016 bio
  2. ^ "Transfer of Allegiance - 2013 - as officially announced in the IAAF Newsletter". IAAF. 2013-08-22. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  3. ^ "18. Balkan Salon Atletizm Şampiyonası Sona Erdi" (in Turkish). Türkiye Atletizm Federasyonu. 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  4. ^ a b "Kaya canters home as Pezer picks up gold for Bosnia". European Athletics. Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  5. ^ "Ali Kaya rekor bırakmadı". EuroSport (in Turkish). 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  6. ^ "Böyle skandal görülmedi". Fanatik (in Turkish). 2013-07-25. Archived from the original on 2014-10-10. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  7. ^ "3. İslami Dayanışma Oyunları". Haberler (in Turkish). 2013-09-27. Archived from the original on 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  8. ^ "İslami Dayanışma Oyunları'na Madalyalarla Başladık". Türkiye Atletizm Federasyonu. 2013-09-25.
  9. ^ "Farah claims 10,000m gold in Zurich". Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  10. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2016-04-24). Kaya and Jepchumba cruise to Istanbul Half Marathon titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-04-24.

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