Edna Kiplagat

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Edna Kiplagat
Edna Kiplagat Moscow 2013.jpg
Kiplagat at the 2013 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1979-11-15) 15 November 1979 (age 37)
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)
Country  Kenya
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Marathon

Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat (born 15 September 1979) is a Kenyan long-distance runner. She is the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Champion in the marathon.[1] She established herself as an elite marathon runner with wins at the Los Angeles and New York City Marathons in 2010. Her personal best for the distance is 2:19:50 hours, set at the London Marathon in 2012.


At the 3000 metres distance, Kiplagat won a silver medal at the 1996 World Junior Championships and a bronze medal at the 1998 World Junior Championships.

She finished thirteenth in the long race at the 2006 World Cross Country Championships. In the same season she recorded personal bests in the 5000 metres, with 15:57.3 minutes in July in Nairobi, and the half marathon, with 1:09:32 hours in October in San Jose. In June 2007 she ran the 10,000 metres in 33:27.0 minutes in Nairobi.[2] She won the 2006 Virginia Beach Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon,[3] the 2007 Lilac Bloomsday Run and the 2007 Bay to Breakers (San Francisco).


Kiplagat finished second behind Emily Chebet at the 2010 Freihofer's Run for Women, running a time of 15:20 and winning $5000 in the process.[4] She managed third place at the Beach to Beacon race in August 2010,[5] and completed the same feat at the Falmouth Road Race two weeks later (finishing behind Lineth Chepkurui and Wude Ayalew at both competitions).[6]

Kiplagat won the Los Angeles Marathon in 2010, only her second marathon ever, and went on to win the 2010 New York City Marathon. She defeated two marathon debutantes, Shalane Flanagan of the United States and Mary Keitany of Kenya, who took second and third, respectively.


Kiplagat at the 2011 London Marathon.

She ran a career best of 1:09:00 at the New York City Half Marathon, finishing as runner-up behind Caroline Rotich.[7] She took on Keitany again at the 2011 London Marathon, but was outrun by her domestic rival. Still, Kiplagat was pleased with her third-place performance as her time of 2:20:46 marked a significant personal best, improving upon her previous time by almost five minutes.[8] Kiplagat was the race favourite for the 2011 World Championships Marathon and delivered on her form, taking the women's title in a time of 2:28:43 hours. Her win did not look assured when she fell over in the last 5 km, but her team-mate and eventual third placer Sharon Cherop stopped mid-race to help Kiplagat to her feet. Kiplagat, Cherop and Priscah Jeptoo made it a medal sweep for Kenya – the first time that any nation had taken all three medals at a global marathon championship.[1] She entered the Montferland Run with a slight injury and finished as runner-up to Abebech Afework.[9]


She began 2012 on grass and came third at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships.[10] This was her preparation for the 2012 London Marathon, where she was the last runner to challenge eventual winner Mary Keitany and ended the race as runner-up in a personal best of 2:19:50 hours.[11] Kiplagat was selected for the Kenyan Olympic team as a result.[12] She was a comfortable winner of the New York Mini 10K in June.[13] At the 2012 London Olympics she failed to repeat her success in the British capital and managed only twentieth place in the Olympic marathon with a time of 2:27:52 hours. Six weeks later she ran at the Great North Run and had a better performance, setting a personal best of 1:07:41 hours while finishing runner-up to Tirunesh Dibaba.[14]


Kiplagat finished runner-up in the London Marathon for the second consecutive year, on this occasion behind Priscah Jeptoo.[15]

Later in 2013 she became the first woman to retain the marathon world title when she earned the first gold medal on the opening day of the World Athletics Championships, taking victory ahead of Valeria Straneo and Kayoko Fukushi in a time of 2:25:44 hours.[16]


After finishing on the podium in each of the previous three editions, Kiplagat finally claimed victory at the London Marathon ahead of (unrelated) compatriot Florence Kiplagat in a time of 2:20:21 hours.[17]


  1. ^ a b "Women's Marathon - Kiplagat leads historical sweep for Kenya". German Road Races. IAAF. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Edna Kiplagat profile at IAAF
  3. ^ "Edna Kiplagat runs to Half Marathon victory in Virginia Beach". IAAF. 4 September 2006. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Pardham, Ed (6 June 2010). "Chebet beats the heat to set course record in Albany 5K". IAAF. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Course record for Chepkurui in Cape Elizabeth 10K". IAAF. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Gebremariam and Yimer the winners in Falmouth". IAAF. 16 August 2010. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Farah triumphs in Half Marathon debut in New York". IAAF. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Brown, Matthew (17 April 2011). "Mutai and Keitany dominate and dazzle in London". IAAF. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  9. ^ van Hemert, Wim (4 December 2011). "Langat and Afework the big winners in 's Heerenberg". IAAF. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (18 February 2012). "Karoki and Chepkirui steal the headlines in Nairobi". IAAF. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  11. ^ Brown, Matthew (22 April 2012). "Kipsang and Keitany claim London titles for Kenya". IAAF. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  12. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (25 April 2012). "Kenya announces London Olympic Marathon squad". IAAF. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Kiplagat Owns Central Park at 40th Anniversary women's 10K". IAAF. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  14. ^ Wenig, Jorg (16 September 2012). "Dibaba and Kipsang take Great North Run victories – REPORT". IAAF. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Brown, Matthew (21 April 2013). "Kebede and Jeptoo shine in the London sun". IAAF. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Kiplagat becomes the first woman to retain marathon title". Hindustan Times. Moscow. AFP. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  17. ^ Burns, John F. (13 April 2014). A Letdown in London for a British Olympic Champion. The New York Times. Retrieved on 29 November 2014.

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