Janet Kisa

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Janet Kisa
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Kenya
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 2014 Glasgow 5000 m
African Cross Country Championships
Silver medal – second place 2014 Kampala Senior race
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Bydgoszcz Team race
African Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Marrakech 5000 m

Janet Kisa (born 5 December 1992) is a Kenyan middle- and long-distance runner who competes in track, cross country, and road running events.

Kisa won the silver medal in the 5000 metres at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She was a team gold medallist at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and runner-up at the 2014 African Cross Country Championships.


Born near Mount Elgon in Kenya,[1] she began competing as a teenager and placed second at the 2009 Shoe4Africa 5km race behind the more experienced Helena Kirop.[2] She established herself at national level in 2011 by winning the junior women's division of the Kenyan Cross Country Championships.[3] At the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships she came fifth in the junior race, helping Kenya to the team silver medals with the individual champion Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon.[4] Her next international appearance brought her the first individual medal of her career: at the 2011 African Junior Athletics Championships she was the silver medallist, forming a Kenyan 1–2 in the 5000 metres with teammate Caroline Chepkoech.[5]

Kisa joined up with the Kenyan Police team in 2012 and placed fifth in their cross country championships and second in their 5000 m race that year. She made her IAAF Diamond League debut in Doha, running a personal best of 8:51.63 minutes for seventh over the 3000 metres. A 5000 m best of 14:57.68 minutes followed at the IAAF Rabat Meeting, where she was runner-up. She tried to make the Kenyan Olympic team but came fifth at the trials.[6] In 2013, she placed third at the Police Cross Country and gained her first senior selection with the same placing at the Kenyan Championships.[7][8] Kisa's sixth-place finish in the senior race at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships brought her a share in the team gold medals with Kenya.[4]

The 2014 African Cross Country Championships saw Kisa place second to Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon and the Kenyan women swept the medals with Alice Nawowuna in third.[9][10] She made her debut over the half marathon distance in Nice in April and won in a time of 71:01 minutes by a margin of over 2 minutes.[11] On the track she placed fifth at the Golden Gala in a 5000 m personal best of 14:52.59 minutes then was runner-up at the national championships.[6] This brought her selection for Kenya at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In the 5000 m Commonwealth final Kisa was the runner-up behind Mercy Cherono, winning the first senior track medal of her career.[12]

From the beginning of 2016 she is coached by the Italian Renato Canova. In the first competitions of the new season, she improved her PB of 3000m (8:32.0 in Doha on 6 May) and of 5000m (14:38.70 in Rabat on 22 May).

Personal bests[edit]

International competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2011 World Cross Country Championships Punta Umbría, Spain 5th Junior race
2nd Junior team
2011 African Junior Championships Gaborone, Botswana 2nd 5000 metres
2013 World Cross Country Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 5th Senior race
1st Senior team
2014 African Cross Country Championships Kampala, Uganda 2nd Senior race
1st Senior team
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 2nd 5000 metres
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 6th 5000 metres 15:02.68


  1. ^ Janet Kisa. Glasgow2014. Retrieved on 2014-08-03.
  2. ^ Makori, Elias (2009-12-21). Training run ends up in victory for Kirop in Iten – Shoe4Africa women's 5km. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-08-03.
  3. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2011-02-19). Mutai and Masai take hard fought wins in Nairobi; reigning World champs Ebuya and Chebet won't defend. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-08-03.
  4. ^ a b Janet Kisa. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-08-03.
  5. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2011-05-15). Chepkoech leads Kenyan women's 1-2 in the 5000m in Gaborone – African Junior Champs, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-08-03.
  6. ^ a b Janet Kisa. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2014-08-03.
  7. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2013-01-19). Kipsang romps to Kenyan Police victory, Cherono takes Defence Forces title. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-08-03.
  8. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2013-02-16). Rono and Muriuki win Kenyan World Cross Trials in Nairobi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-08-03.
  9. ^ Kenya makes a clean sweep at African Cross Country Championships. IAAF (2014-03-16). Retrieved on 2014-08-03.
  10. ^ Kampala2014-Results-senior-women-race Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. Athletics-Africa. Retrieved on 2014-03-18.
  11. ^ "DAP's Janet Kisa was crowned winner of the 23rd edition of Nice Half Marathon on Sunday 27th April". Demadonna. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Mercy Cherono wins gold in the women's 5000m as Janet Kisa bags Silver. Kenya Standard (2013-08-03). Retrieved on 2014-08-03.

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