Dickson Chumba

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Dickson Kiptolo Chumba (born 27 October 1986) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in marathon races. He has won the Rome, Eindhoven, Tokyo, and Chicago marathons and has a personal best of 2:05:30 for the distance.


Born in Kenya's Nandi District, Chumba worked as a gardener until he decided to focus on running professionally. He began working with Claudio Berardelli in Kapsabet in 2008.[1] His first marathon outings came in 2010 and he was runner-up at both the Madrid Marathon and the Italian Marathon.[2][3] His first win came in March 2011 when he ran a personal best of 2:08:45 hours to claim the Rome City Marathon title ahead of defending champion Siraj Gena.[4] He was faster still at the Frankfurt Marathon in October, running 2:07:23, although the close to world record pace meant he finished seventh.[5]

At the start of 2012 he had his third career runner-up finish at the Xiamen Marathon, having gradually fallen away from the winner Peter Kamais.[6] Victory came at the Eindhoven Marathon as he surged away in the second half of the race. Although he struggled in the final two kilometres he won by a margin of half a minute and set a new course record (and personal best) of 2:05:46.[7]

He started the 2013 Xiamen race quickly, but dropped out after an ill-timed surge to the front.[8] He placed seventh at the 2013 Boston Marathon and then came eighth at the Amsterdam Marathon in October.[9]

He won the 2014 Tokyo Marathon in 2:05:42, improving the course record by more than a minute.

In October 2015 he won the 2015 Chicago Marathon in 2:09:25, in a brilliant tactical race, pulling away at 30 K in a World Marathon Majors race conducted without pace makers.

In 2018 he won the Tokyo Marathon for the second time in 2:05:30, improving his personal best time for the distance.


World Marathon Majors results timeline[edit]

World Marathon Majors 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Tokyo Marathon - 1st 3rd 3rd 3rd 1st
Boston Marathon 7th - - - -
London Marathon - - - - -
Berlin Marathon - - - - -
Chicago Marathon - 3rd 1st 2nd -
New York City Marathon - - - - -


  1. ^ Dickson Chumba Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine. Boston Athletic Association. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.
  2. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-04-25). Course record for Cherogony, while Gebrselassie jogs to 10Km victory – Madrid Marathon report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.
  3. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2010-10-10). Kosgei clocks 2:09:00 course record in Carpi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.
  4. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2011-03-20). Dado takes third straight Rome title as Chumba surprises. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.
  5. ^ Butcher, Pat (2011-10-30). Kipsang tantalises with 2:03:42 World record assault in Frankfurt. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.
  6. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2012-01-07). Kamais and Kasim cruise to Xiamen wins. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.
  7. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2012-10-14). Chumba surprises with course record in Eindhoven – REPORT. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.
  8. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2013-01-05). Terfa breaks course record in Xiamen. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.
  9. ^ Dickson Chumba. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2013-10-24.

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