|2005 Helsinki||5000 m|
|1999 Sevilla||5000 m|
Benjamin Kipkoech Limo (born 23 August 1974 in Chepkongony, Uasin Gishu) is a Kenyan former middle- and long-distance runner. His races ranged distances from 1500 m to 10,000 m, but Limo mainly competed in 5000 metres, where he has won international medals.
Limo went to Chebara and Lelboinet High Schools, but enlisted for the Kenyan Army in 1993, without completing his studies. He started full-time training in 1996 and was based at an army camp in Ngong, near capital Nairobi. He competed in his first race abroad at the 1998 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Marrakech, Morocco and finished fourth in the short race.
He earned his first international medals in 1999. Limo won the 1999 World Cross Country Championships and placed second in the 5,000 m at the World Championships, less than one second behind winner Salah Hissou. His silver medal in the 5000 m was earned less than 13 months after he ran his very first race at that distance.
In 2002, Limo won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and at the African Championships. In August 2005 he out-sprinted Sileshi Sihine to become world champion. He won a bronze medal in the 5000 m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Benjamin Limo has never participated in the Olympic Games, due to the rule which allows only three athletes from each nation to participate. His nation Kenya having an abundance of good middle distance runners, making it is extremely difficult to qualify.
He is married with four children (as of 2006).
- Benjamin Limo profile at IAAF
- IAAF: Focus on Athletes
- Okoth, Omulo (20 March 2007). "A Kenyan XC legend - Benjamin Limo". IAAF. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- "Kirui 2:07 and Cheromei 2:25 debut - Double Kenyan victory in Amsterdam". IAAF. 19 October 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- "Athletes dominate Kenyan Sports Awards". IAAF. 2 March 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- "Not even the elements can stop Jones". IAAF. 25 August 2000. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
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