Paul Kipkoech

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Paul Kipkoech (January 6, 1963 – March 16, 1995) was a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialized in the 10,000 metres and cross-country running. He became world champion over 10,000 m in 1987.

Kipkoech was born in Kapsabet. In 1986 he ran the 3000 metres in 7:39.38 minutes, which was the third best time in the world that season, only behind Saïd Aouita and Sydney Maree.

He retired in 1988 due to illness. He died in 1995 at an Eldoret hospital aged only 32.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th 5000 m
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, California 5th 5000 m
1985 World Cross Country Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd Long race
1987 World Cross Country Championships Warsaw, Poland 2nd Long race
World Championships Rome, Italy 1st 10,000 m
All-Africa Games Nairobi, Kenya 2nd 5000 m
1st 10,000 m
1988 World Cross Country Championships Auckland, New Zealand 2nd Long race

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