Emily Chebet

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Emily Chebet
WXC2013 senior women podium.jpg
Emily Chebet (centr) at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Kenya
World Cross Country Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Bydgoszcz Senior race
Gold medal – first place 2013 Bydgoszcz Senior race
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Glasgow 10,000 m
African Championships
Silver medal – second place 2014 Marrakech 10,000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Bambous 10,000 m

Emily Chebet Muge (born 18 February 1986) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialises in the 10,000 metres and cross country running. She is a two-time winner of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, being the gold medallist in 2010 and 2013.

Chebet's first medal was a bronze in the 10,000 m at the 2006 African Championships in Athletics and she also ran in that event at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.


Early career[edit]

Emily Chebet was born in Ainamoi in the Bomet District, a small settlement in Kenya's Rift Valley Province. Her father Joel Rono was a runner and, after seeing the success of Caroline Cheptanui Kilel (another budding runner from the village), Chebet decided to stop her studies and join the Kericho track club to try to become a professional runner.[1]

She made her first international appearance in the junior race at the 2003 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where she finished in fifth place and won the junior team silver medal along with Peninah Jepchumba. She competed at meetings in Spain and Portugal in 2004, running in the 1500 metres, 3000 metres and a couple of 10K runs.[2] The following year she missed a place on the national team in cross country but she set a 3000 m best of 8:53.46 minutes at the Meeting Gaz de France in Paris. After taking second place at the Kenyan Athletics Championships, Chebet had her first senior podium finish at the 2006 African Championships, where she was the bronze medallist behind fellow Kenyans Edith Masai and Isabella Ochichi. In 2007, she did not finish in the heat of Mombasa at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, but she won the 10,000 m. She finished ninth in the 10,000 m at the 2007 World Championships. In her final outing of the year she helped Kenya to second place at the Chiba Ekiden Relay, having run the 5 km leg.[1]

She skipped the 2008 and 2009 seasons as she married Edward Muge and the couple had their first child, Serah Cherono.[1]

World champion[edit]

She had a significant breakthrough in 2010 as she won the senior women's race at the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, out-sprinting Linet Masai (the world champion on the track) to take her first major world title.[3] Chebet finished second in the 2010 Bay to Breakers.[4] A few weeks later, she broke the course record at the Freihofer's Run for Women 5K; her six-second improvement on the record was the greatest ever in the race's history.[5] She was defeated at the NYRR New York Mini 10K by national rival Linet Masai, but still finished as the runner-up with a time of 31:13.[6] She ran in the 15K race at the Istanbul Eurasia Marathon competition and won with a minute to spare over runner-up Belaynesh Oljira.[7] She returned to the grassy Spanish circuit in November but was defeated by a large margin at the Cross de Atapuerca by Genzebe Dibaba.[8]

She missed the chance to defend her World Cross title in 2011 as she failed to finish at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships.[9] She returned to defend her title at the Freihofer's Run for Women in June, but ended the race in third behind Ethiopians Mamitu Daska and Aheza Kiros.[10] She was sixth at the Prague Half Marathon, setting a time of 1:12:00 hours for her debut outing over the distance.[11] Chebet competed in South America for the first time at the Bogota Half Marathon in August and took third place on the podium.[12] She ran one of the fastest 10K times of the year as runner-up at the Tilburg 10K, but her run of 31:18 minutes was still some way behind the winner Joyce Chepkirui.[13] In November, she returned to train in Kenya and won the Tuskys Wareng Cross Country race.[14]

Second world title[edit]

Chebet took the bronze medal and team title with Kenya at the 2012 African Cross Country Championships held in Cape Town.[15] A knee injury ruled her out of the track and field season that year, but she returned in August and had runner-up finishes at the Falmouth Road Race, Beach to Beacon 10K and the Tilburg 10K (setting a best of 30:58 minutes at the latter).[16]

She placed fourth at the national cross country trials but went on to win her second world title at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, beating off a challenge from Hiwot Ayalew to claim both the individual and team gold medals.[17] In June she won her second title at the Freihofer's Women's Run.[18] A runner-up placing at the Kenyan trials earned her selection for the 10,000 m at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics and she came close to a medal by running a personal best of 30:47.02 minutes, taking fourth place. She ended the track season with a 5000 m best of 14:46.89 minutes at the Weltklasse Zürich meet. Moving on to the roads, she was runner-up at the Prague Grand Prix and the Valencia Half Marathon, setting another best of 68:20 minutes at the latter event.[19]

She is managed by Prague-based International Athletics Consultancy (IAC), with her IAAF Authorized Athletes' Representative being Zane Branson.

On November 27, 2015, Athletics Kenya announced that Chebet had used a WADA forbidden substance, the masking agent Furosemide, and she was sanctioned with a four-year competition ban, effective July 15, 2015.[20]

Personal bests[edit]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
2003 World Cross Country Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 5th Junior race
2nd Junior team
2006 African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 3rd 10,000 m 31:33.39
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya Senior race DNF
World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan 9th 10,000 m 32:31.21
2010 World Cross Country Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st Senior race
1st Team race
2013 World Cross Country Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st Senior race 24:24
1st Team race
World Championships Moscow, Russia 4th 10,000 m 30:47.02 PB
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 3rd 10,000 m 32:10.82


  1. ^ a b c Focus on Athletes – Emily Chebet. IAAF (27 March 2013). Retrieved on 2 June 2013.
  2. ^ Emily Chebet. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2 June 2013.
  3. ^ Johnson, Len (28 March 2010). Chebet's strong finish prevails – Women's Senior race report – Bydgoszcz 2010. IAAF. Retrieved on 6 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  5. ^ Pardham, Ed (6 June 2010). Chebet beats the heat to set course record in Albany 5K. IAAF. Retrieved on 6 June 2010.
  6. ^ Masai dominates Central Park 10K. IAAF/New York Road Runners (13 June 2010). Retrieved on 14 June 2010.
  7. ^ Yelena Kurdyumova and Sergey Porada (17 October 2010). Course records fall in Istanbul Eurasia Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 19 October 2010.
  8. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (7 November 2010). Medhin and Dibaba outclass World champions in Atapuerca. IAAF. Retrieved on 7 November 2010.
  9. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (19 February 2011). Mutai and Masai take hard fought wins in Nairobi; reigning World champs Ebuya and Chebet won’t defend. IAAF. Retrieved on 20 February 2011.
  10. ^ Parham, Edward (4 June 2011). Daska dominates in Albany 5K. IAAF. Retrieved on 5 June 2011.
  11. ^ Butcher, Pat (2 April 2011). Limo and Cheromei shatter course records at Prague Half Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 27 November 2011.
  12. ^ Mutai and Chepkirui the winners in Bogota. IAAF/Organisers (1 August 2011). Retrieved on 21 September 2011.
  13. ^ 2011 10 kilometres. IAAF. Retrieved on 27 November 2011.
  14. ^ Macharia, David (27 November 2011). Kiprop and Chebet dominate in Eldoret XC. IAAF. Retrieved on 27 November 2011.
  15. ^ Williamson, Norrie (19 March 2012). Langat and Chepkirui take African XC titles in Cape Town. IAAF. Retrieved on 25 March 2012.
  16. ^ Emily Chebet. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2 June 2013.
  17. ^ Bamford, Nicola (25 March 2013). Comeback queen Chebet now focused on Moscow 10000m – Bydgoszcz 2013. IAAF. Retrieved on 2 June 2013.
  18. ^ Chebet claims second Freihofer's win, but heat thwarts course record bid. IAAF (1 June 2013). Retrieved on 2 June 2013.
  19. ^ October 2013. AIMS. Retrieved on 2 November 2013.
  20. ^ "Two-time WXC champ Chebet, 6 in doping bans - Capital Sports". Capital Sports. 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2018-05-02. 

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