Patrick Makau Musyoki

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Patrick Makau
Patrick Makau at the Berlin Marathon 2011.jpg
Patrick Makau setting the previous World Record at the Berlin Marathon 2011
Personal information
Born (1985-03-02) 2 March 1985 (age 35)
Nyeri, Kenya
Country Kenya
ClubKenya national athletics team

Patrick Makau Musyoki (born 2 March 1985) is a runner from Kenya. He is a former world record holder in the marathon—His time of 2:03:38, run at the 2011 Berlin Marathon, was the world record for two years, until it was beaten by Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.[1] He is also notable for his half marathon performances, having won a number of prominent competitions in Europe in sub-1-hour performances.


Makau attended Unyuani School until 1999, after which he joined Kyeni Academy, Misiani. He started running in 2001.[2] He competed at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships and finished in 26th place.

He finished second at the 2007 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon by running 59:13 minutes, being beaten only by Samuel Wanjiru who set the world record (58:53) at the same race.[2] He won silver at the 2007 IAAF World Road Running Championships and 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. He was also part of the Kenyan team that won the team race both times.[2]

He won at the City-Pier-City Loop in 2008. Makau won the 2009 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon setting the second best ever half marathon time 58:52. The world record at the time, 58:33, was held by Samuel Wanjiru.[3] He made his marathon debut at the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon, finishing fourth and setting a fast time (2:06:14 hours),[4] short of the fastest marathon debut, set by Evans Rutto at the 2003 Chicago Marathon (2:05:50 hours).[5]

Makau returned to the Hague for the City-Pier-City Loop in 2010 and won for a second time, clocking another sub-one hour time of 59:52.[6] After this he significantly improved his marathon best to 2:04:48 to win the Rotterdam Marathon, becoming the fourth fastest runner over the history of the distance.[7] He opted to stay away from the circuit and focus himself entirely on preparations for the Berlin Marathon.[8] A rematch with Rotterdam runner-up Geoffrey Mutai saw the two take the same positions again. Rain dampened the prospect of a record but Makau out-sprinted Mutai at the finish to clock 2:05:08 and win his first World Marathon Major.[9] In recognition of his performances that year, he was selected as the AIMS World Athlete of the Year in a poll of race organisers.[10]

Makau ran in the 2011 London Marathon and, in spite of a fall at the halfway point, he continued and was narrowly beaten into third at the line by Martin Lel, finishing with a time of 2:05:45.[11]

World record[edit]

Patrick Makau Musyoki running world record at Berlin Marathon 2011

At the Berlin Marathon on 25 September 2011, Makau was set to duel against Haile Gebrselassie, the world record holder from Ethiopia. The Kenyan dropped his more experienced rival after the halfway point and went on to finish in a world record time of 2:03:38 (an average pace of 4:42.9 per mile), beating the existing record by 21 seconds.[12] Prior to the race, he stated that he wanted to bring the marathon world record back to Kenya, following on from a former record holder Paul Tergat.[13] Speaking after the race, Makau said "In the morning my body was not good but after I started the race, it started reacting very well. I started thinking about the record"[13] and "At 32 km I thought I could win the race and even break the world record. It was hard [over] the last 10 kilometres".[14] His world record performance remained for 2 years before falling to fellow Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich, at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, when the record was lowered another 15 seconds to the time of 2:03:23.[15]

2012 season[edit]

He was the pre-race favourite for the Granollers Half Marathon in February, but lost in a sprint finish to Carles Castillejo under cold weather conditions.[16] He ran at the 2012 London Marathon but dropped out mid-race due to injury and was not selected for the Olympic team.[17] He entered the Great Manchester Run in May and came fifth in a time of 28:21 minutes.[18] In the Frankfurt Marathon in October, despite feeling uncomfortable and running most of the time at the back of the leading group, Makau managed to take back the lead from Deressa Chimsa and holding on for the victory, with a time of 2:06:08.[19]

2013 season[edit]

Makau raced in the 2013 London Marathon. He showed to be in poor form, having been outside the lead pack already by the first time point at 5 km, falling farther and farther behind with every time point until 40 km. By halfway, he was nearly 3 minutes behind the leaders, but he slowed further and eventually finished the race in 2:14:10, outside the top 10, more than 8 minutes back from the winner, and more than 10 minutes back from his own world record.

Road race wins[edit]


  • All results regarding marathon and half marathon
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Kenya
2005 Zanzibar Half Marathon Zanzibar City 1st 1:04:12
2006 Bristol Half Marathon Bristol, United Kingdom 1st 1:03:38
Tarsus International Half Marathon Tarsus, Mersin 1st 1:02:42
2007 Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah 2nd 59:13
Rotterdam Half Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 2nd 59:19
Udine Half Marathon Udine, Italy 2nd 59:02
Berlin Half Marathon Berlin, Germany 1st 58:56
2008 Reading Half Marathon Reading, United Kingdom 1st 1:01:19
Berlin Half Marathon Berlin, Germany 1st 1:00:00
CPC Loop Den Haag The Hague, Netherlands 1st 1:00:08
Rotterdam Half Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 59:29
Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah 1st 59:35
2009 Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 4th 2:06:14
Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon Ras al-Khaimah 1st 58:52
2010 CPC Loop Den Haag The Hague, Netherlands 1st 59:52
Rotterdam Marathon Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st 2:04:48
Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 1st 2:05:08
2011 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 3rd 2:05:45
Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 1st 2:03:38 WR
2012 Granollers Half Marathon Catalonia, Spain 2nd 1:02:40
Frankfurt Marathon Frankfurt, Germany 1st 2:06:08
2013 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 11th 2:14:10
2014 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st 2:08:22
2015 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 1st 2:08:18
2016 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 2nd 2:08:57

Personal bests[edit]

Surface Event Time (h:m:s) Venue Date
Track 3000 m 7:54.50 Pliezhausen, Germany 13 May 2007
10 km 27:27 Berlin, Germany 1 April 2007
15 km 41:30 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE 20 February 2009
20 km 56:13 Udine, Italy 14 October 2007
Half marathon 58:52 Ras Al Khaimah, UAE 20 February 2009
25 km 1:13:18 Berlin, Germany 25 September 2011
30 km 1:27:38 Berlin, Germany 25 September 2011
Marathon 2:03:38 Berlin, Germany 25 September 2011
  • All information taken from IAAF profile, including the 2011 marathon record[20]


  1. ^ "Athletics-Kenyan Makau breaks world marathon mark". Reuters. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "IAAF Focus on Athletes". IAAF. Archived from the original on 26 October 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Makau produces second fastest time ever, Tune clocks national record at RAK Half Marathon – Updated". IAAF. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Kibet edges Kwambai as both clock 2:04:27 – Rotterdam Marathon report". IAAF. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  5. ^ Time-to-run, 10 October 2004: Evans Rutto takes title in 2:06:16 Archived 16 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ van Hemert, Wim (15 March 2010). "Makau and Wangui win again in The Hague". IAAF. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  7. ^ van Hemert, Wim (11 April 2010). "Makau storms 2:04:48 in Rotterdam". IAAF. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  8. ^ Butcher, Pat (24 September 2010). "Kenyan cooperation should lead to fast men's marathon "sprint" in Berlin". IAAF. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  9. ^ Butcher, Pat (26 September 2010). "Makau and Kebede triumph in rainy Berlin". IAAF. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Makau named AIMS athlete of year". AIMS/IAAF. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  11. ^ Brown, Matthew (17 April 2011). "Mutai and Keitany dominate and dazzle in London". IAAF. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Makau stuns with 2:03:38 Marathon World record in Berlin!". IAAF. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  13. ^ a b Ronay, Barney (25 September 2011). "Kenya's Patrick Makau breaks marathon world record in Berlin". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  14. ^ Mehaffey, John (25 September 2011). "Makau dethrones king of the roads". Reuters. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  15. ^ "40. BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2013". Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  16. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (6 February 2012). "Castillejo upsets Makau at Granollers Half Marathon - Spanish weekend round-up". IAAF. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Makau to face Gebrselassie in Manchester". IAAF. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  18. ^ Wenig, Joerg (20 May 2012). "Gebrselassie takes another strong 10k victory in Manchester". IAAF. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  19. ^ Patience pays for Makau in Frankfurt, debut win for Melkamu. IAAF (28 October 2012). Retrieved 28 October 2012.[dead link]
  20. ^ "Musyoki Patrick Makau's Biography". IAAF. Retrieved 27 September 2011.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Haile Gebrselassie
Men's Marathon World Record Holder
25 September 2011 – 29 September 2013
Succeeded by
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Haile Gebrselassie
Deriba Merga
Men's Half Marathon Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Zersenay Tadese