Lornah Kiplagat

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Lornah Kiplagat
Lornah Kiplagat-b.jpg
Kiplagat competing at the FBK Games 2007.
Personal information
Born (1974-05-01) 1 May 1974 (age 47)
Kabiemit, Kenya
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight49 kg (108 lb)
Updated on 21 July 2008.

Lornah Kiplagat (born 1 May 1974) is a Dutch professional long-distance runner. She was born in Kabiemit, Rift Valley Province, Kenya[1] and came to the Netherlands in 1999. She gained Dutch citizenship in 2003 and has competed for the Netherlands since.[2] She runs not only road events but also in cross country and track and field.

She ran at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, was the 2007 gold medallist at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and took three straight World Road Running Championship titles from 2006 to 2008. In the marathon, she holds a best time of 2:22:22 hours and has won major races in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Osaka. She currently holds the world road record over 5 kilometres and 10 miles. Her best times over 20 km and the half marathon distance were world records from 2007 to 2011 and remain the second fastest times ever.

Part of a highly successful family of runners, her relatives include Sylvia Kibet, Hilda Kibet and Susan Sirma.[3][4]

She is the founder of the famous high altitude training centre in Iten Kenya. The centre is at 2400 metres high above sea level. Elite athletes and recreational runners from all over the world visit HATC every year for training. She is also the founder of her own African inspired sports brand called after her name 'Lornah'.


Kiplagat was already performing well when she ran for Kenya. She was the first woman to win both the Falmouth Road Race and the Peachtree Road Race. As of 2006 she is still the only woman to achieve this, but she achieved it three times in a row (2000, 2001 and 2002) and a fourth time in 2005 as well.[5] Among her other achievements are the Amsterdam Marathon, the Rotterdam Marathon, the Osaka Ladies Marathon and the Los Angeles Marathon.[2]

In 1999 Kiplagat moved to the Netherlands; four years later she gained Dutch citizenship which allowed her to run for the Netherlands as of 2003. That same year she lowered the Dutch marathon record to 2:23.43 during the New York City Marathon. She also participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics, where she finished 5th in the 10,000m.

The year 2005 was a successful one for Kiplagat: she won a silver medal at the 2005 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships then took the title at the 2005 European Cross Country Championships, feats which led to her begin selected as the Dutch athlete of the year. At the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships she finished second in Japan, winning the silver medal. She also finished fifth in the 10,000m at the 2006 European Athletics Championships.

She won the 2007 World Cross Country Championships held in Mombasa, Kenya. Earlier, in February 2007, she competed at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships as an invited athlete and won the women's race, ahead of the elite among her former compatriots.[6] In winning these championships, she beat off the entire Ethiopian challenge, of defending champion Tirunesh Dibaba, the previous short course champion Gelete Burka, and double bronze medalist from 2006, Meselech Melkamu. They finished: Dibaba, 2nd, Melkamu, 3rd, Burka, 4th.

Besides the Dutch record for the marathon, Kiplagat also owns four world records. In the 5 km road race she ran the distance in 14:47, while she lowered her own record in the 10 miles of 50.54 by two seconds to 50.50 during the 2006 Dam tot Damloop,[7] which she also won in 2002. On 14 October 2007, Kiplagat set a new half marathon world record of 1:06:25 at the World Road Running Championships at Udine, Italy, while defending the title she first won in 2006. She also smashed her own 20 km world record en route, running 1:02:57. However, Paula Radcliffe has run a faster half-marathon on the slightly downhill Great North Run course in 2003.[8]

Kiplagat was ruled out for the whole of 2009 and returned to competition with a win at the Runner's World Zandvoort Circuit Run in March 2010.[9] In September, she ran at the Dam tot Damloop and was the runner-up behind her niece Hilda Kibet, finishing with a time of 52:03.[10] She returned to the marathon event for the 2011 London Marathon and completed her first race over the distance in four years, coming 18th with a time of 2:27:57 hours. Although she was far from the podium and failed to gain the World Championship qualifying time, she considered the race a success following her previous injury-ridden seasons.[11] She improved at the 2011 Amsterdam Marathon, crossing the line after 2:25:52 hours to claim third place, the Dutch national title, and the 2012 Summer Olympics qualifying time. Despite being almost four minutes slower than the winner (Tiki Gelana), she said: "I am the happiest woman in Amsterdam, and perhaps the whole world".[12]

Lornah Kiplagat is the founder of African inspired Sports brand for active women called "Lornah "www.lornahsports.com. She is also the founder of the famous High Altitude Training Centre (HATC) in Iten Kenya, where athletes from all over the World go train..www.lornah.com


Personal bests[edit]

  • 5 km road: 14:47
  • 10 km road: 30:32
  • 10 Mile: 50:50
  • 20 km road: 62:57
  • Half marathon: 66:25
  • Marathon: 2:22:22


  1. ^ Knippen, Marco (2008) Lornah Kiplagat – Het meisje van de nacht Uitgeverij Conserve, Schoorl ISBN 978-90-5429-262-3
  2. ^ a b Lornah @ Lornah.com http://Lornahsports.com Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine, lornah.com
  3. ^ Running Times Magazine, May 2006: Lornah – Inventing Herself and a Better World
  4. ^ Daily Nation, 9 August 2008: Ex-Kenyans seek to outshine ex-country mates in Olympics
  5. ^ Lornah Kiplagat and the High Altitude Training Center, pbs.org
  6. ^ Kenyan Cross Country Championships report IAAF.com
  7. ^ Wereldrecord voor Kiplagat in Zaandam, nu.nl, 17 September 2006
  8. ^ "IAAF: News | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  9. ^ Laarhuis, Andra (28 March 2010). Kiplagat makes successful return after injury . IAAF. Retrieved on 28 March 2010.
  10. ^ van Hemert, Wim (20 September 2010). Fast ten mile runs for Kibet and Mwangangi in Zaandam Archived 23 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 20 September 2010.
  11. ^ Kiplagat seeks to resurrect her marathon career in Amsterdam Archived 21 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics (27 July 2011). Retrieved on 29 July 2011.
  12. ^ van Hemert, Wim (16 October 2011). Chebet sizzles sub-2:06, course record for Gelana in Amsterdam. IAAF. Retrieved on 19 October 2011.
  13. ^ Kiplagat triumphs in record 10k . BBC Sport (21 May 2006). Retrieved on 19 October 2011.

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Preceded by
Ingrid Kristiansen
Women's Half Marathon World Record Holder
2007-10-14 –
Succeeded by