Luke Kibet at the 2009 London Marathon
Kibet took up running in 1996, aged 13, impressed by the Kenyan performances at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He went to Moiben Secondary School from 1997 to 2000 and then joined Kenya Prisons Service.
Kibet originally specialized in the steeplechase, his personal best being 8:25.4 minutes. In 2003, he won the Tilburg Ten Miles race in Tilburg, Netherlands. He ran his first half marathon in 2003, finishing fourth in the City-Pier-City Loop in Den Haag.
He took up the marathon in 2004 and reached the international level in this event. Kibet entered his first marathon, 2004 Enschede Marathon, as a pacemaker, but finished the race at 2nd position timing 2:11:06. He finished second also at the 2004 Frankfurt Marathon. He also won a 25-km race in Berlin that year.
Kibet won Taipei Marathon in 2005 and 2006. His personal best time is 2:08:52 hours, achieved in October 2005 in Eindhoven where he finished third. In the half marathon his personal best time is 1:00:43 hours, achieved in September 2006 in Rotterdam Half Marathon, where he finished sixth.
Kibet won the Vienna Marathon in 2007. He won the gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in a time of 2:15:59 hours. It was the first Kenyan marathon victory at the World Championships since Douglas Wakiihuri in 1987. Kibet's win was a surprise given that before the race the Kenyan marathon team was termed by many as the "worst ever assembled".
Kibet took part at the 2008 London Marathon and finished 11th, but was not well prepared due to injury. He was a late entrant to the 2008 Olympic Marathon, after Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot pulled out. Kibet did not finish the Olympic race. He finished the otherwise disappointing year by winning Singapore Marathon in December, setting a new course record of 2:13:01.
He began the 2009 season by winning the Lagos Half Marathon on February. He did not finish his next marathon, London Marathon in April 2009, but he successfully defended the Singapore Marathon title, breaking again the course record (new record 2.11.25 minutes).
|2001||Amsterdam Marathon||Amsterdam, Netherlands||3rd||Marathon||2:10:18|
|2007||Vienna Marathon||Vienna, Austria||1st||Marathon||2:10:07|
|World Championships||Osaka, Japan||1st||Marathon||2:15:59|
- Luke Kibet profile at IAAF
- Marathoninfo profile
- Butcher, Pat (25 August 2007). "Kibet's Osaka gold: a shock Marathon win for Kenya?". IAAF.org. Retrieved 2007-08-25.
- Daily Nation, September 04, 2007: Home coming party for marathon hero
- IAAF - Focus on Athletes
- IAAF, August 25, 2007: Kibet's Osaka gold: a shock Marathon win for Kenya?
- IAAF, December 6, 2008: After tumultuous year, Kibet looking to end ‘08 on a high in Singapore
- Marathoninfo profile
- 2006 Rotterdam Half Marathon Results
- IAAF profile for Luke Kibet
- IAAF, October 28, 2007: Kibet, Cheruiyot take Great South Run titles
- IAAF: World champion Luke Kibet offers a beacon of hope for troubled Kenya, February 12, 2008
- Xinhua News Agency, December 7, 2008: Kenyan runners rule Singapore Marathon
- Daily Nation, February 22, 2009: Kibet and Lornah reign supreme at Lagos meet
- IAAF, April 26, 2009: Wanjiru takes Lel’s course record while Mikitenko wins again in London
- IAAF, December 6, 2009: Injured Kibet shatters Singapore record