Gilbert Yegon

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Yegon celebrating victory at the 2009 Amsterdam Marathon

Gilbert Yegon (born 26 January 1988)[1] is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in marathon races.

He began taking part in road races in 2008, and he ran a time of 1:02:43 at the Nairobi Half Marathon for third place. He entered the Berlin Half Marathon the following year and improved his time to 1:01:26, finishing in twelfth place.[2] In September 2009, he ran at the Rotterdam Half Marathon but was three minutes behind the winner Sammy Kitwara, having run 1:02:00 for fourteenth place.[3] He stepped up to make his marathon debut at the 2009 Amsterdam Marathon and scored his first major victory. In one of the fastest ever debuts, he ran a time of 2:06:18 to break Haile Gebrselassie's four-year-old course record.[4]

He ran at the 20 van Alphen in March 2010 and finished in third place, behind Bernard Chepkok and Dejene Yirdaw, but recorded a 20 km best time of 58:56.[5] He came 22nd at the 2010 Boston Marathon and fared better at the 2010 Berlin Marathon, taking eighth place in 2:10:34 hours. He did not compete in 2011 but returned to competition at the 2012 Vienna Marathon with a runner-up performance in 2:07:38 hours.[6]

Achievements[edit]

  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Kenya
2009 Amsterdam Marathon Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:06:18
2010 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 22nd 2:21:12
2012 Vienna Marathon Vienna, Austria 2nd 2:07:38

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (h:m:s) Venue Date
10 km 28:18 Rotterdam, Netherlands 13 September 2009
20 km 58:56 Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands 7 March 2010
Half marathon 1:01:26 Berlin, Germany 5 April 2009
Marathon 2:06:18 Amsterdam, Netherlands 18 October 2009
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

Competition record[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilbert Yegon. Volare Sports. Retrieved on 2010-04-30.
  2. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2009-04-05). In debut, Kipyego takes Berlin Half Marathon in 59:34. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-30.
  3. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2009-09-13). Kitwara blazes 58:58 in Rotterdam. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-30.
  4. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2009-10-18). Another sizzling debut - 2:06:18 by Yegon in Amsterdam to break Gebrselassie's course record. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-30.
  5. ^ Keniaan Chepkok wint 20 van Alphen (Dutch). NuSport (2010-03-07). Retrieved on 2010-04-30.
  6. ^ Wenig, Jorg (2012-04-15). Sugut runs 2:06:58 while Tola defends; Haile beats Paula in chase in Vienna. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-21.

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