Leah Malot

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Leah Malot (born July 6, 1972) is a runner from Kenya. She is known for her long career. She started her international career by winning a gold medal at the 1987 All-Africa Games, aged only 15. A decade later she was a constant competitor at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Malot competed at the 1987 World Championships, but did not qualify past the 10000 metres heats. At the 1999 World Championships she failed to finish the 10000 metres race. She won 5000 metres at the 2000 ISTAF meeting of IAAF Golden League meeting in Berlin timing 14 minutes, 39.83 seconds, a new African Record. The previous African record, 14:40.19 was set by Zahra Ouaziz of Morocco in 1998, while the previous Kenyan record, 14:46.41 was held by Rose Cheruiyot since 1996. However, Malot failed at the Kenyan trials for the 2000 Summer Olympics.[1][2] Malot won 3000 metres at the 2002 IAAF Super Grand Prix event in Qatar.[3] She won Kenyan trials for the 2003 World Championships,[4] but eventually did not compete in Paris. The same year she won IAAF Grand Prix 5000 metres at the Osaka meeting [5]

She won the 1998 Dam tot Damloop race in the Netherlands.[6] and 2003 Philadelphia Distance Run.[7] At the Lisbon Half Marathon, she finished second in 2003 and 2004.[8] She used to hold the 3000 metres African indoor record.

On the cross country circuit, she won twice consecutively at the Oeiras International Cross Country meeting and narrowly missed out on a third win in 2003, finishing second but with the same time as Merima Denboba.[9]

Malot is still active as of 2009. She finished 6th at the 2008 Frankfurt Marathon,[10] 5th at the 2009 Lisbon Half Marathon,[11] 7th at the 2009 Paris Marathon,[12] 6th at the 2009 Berlin Marathon [13] and 5th at the 2009 Singapore Marathon.[14]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
1987 All-Africa Games Nairobi, Kenya 1st 10,000 m 33:58.15
1998 World Cross Country Championships Marrakech, Morocco 8th Long race
1st Team
World Half Marathon Championships Zürich, Switzerland 10th Half marathon
1999 World Cross Country Championships Belfast, Northern Ireland 9th Long race
2nd Team
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 3rd 10,000 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Munich, Germany 6th 3000 m
2000 World Cross Country Championships Vilamoura, Portugal 6th Long race
2nd Team
IAAF Grand Prix Final Doha, Qatar 2nd 3000 m
2001 World Cross Country Championships Oostende, Belgium 6th Long race
1st Team
IAAF Grand Prix Final Melbourne, Australia 2nd 3000 m
2002 World Cross Country Championships Dublin, Ireland 11th Long race
3rd Team
African Championships Tunis, Tunisia 2nd 10,000 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Paris, France 6th 3000 m
2003 All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 3rd 10,000 m


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