Rosefline Chepngetich

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Rosefline Chepngetich
Rosefline Chepngetich Beijing 2015.jpg
Rosefline Chepngetich during the 2015 World Championships in Athletics
Personal information
Born (1997-06-17) June 17, 1997 (age 22)
Rift Valley Province, Kenya
Country Kenya

Rosefline Chepngetich (born 17 June 1997) is a Kenyan steeplechase runner. She holds a personal best of 9:35.75 minutes for the 3000 metres steeplechase and is ranked third on the all-time youth lists for the 2000 m steeplechase distance.

In the youth category she was a gold medallist at the World Youth Championships, Youth Summer Olympics and the African Youth Games. She was a silver medallist at World Junior level.


Born in Rift Valley Province and raised in Keringet, she attended Keringet Winners Girls High School and began training as a steeplechase specialist under her coach Charles Ng'eno.[1] She quickly established herself among the world's best young steeplechasers by running a time of 6:12.0 minutes for the 2000 metres steeplechase in Nairobi in 2013, moving up to third on the all-time lists for the event.[2][3] She won the gold medal in that event at the 2013 World Youth Championships in Athletics, running 6:14.60 minutes (the fourth fastest time ever) to defeat her compatriot Daisy Jepkemei.[4][5] It was her second gold medal for Kenya that year, as she was a team winner at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where she placed seventh individually at age fifteen.[6] A fourth-place finish in the junior race at the 2014 African Cross Country Championships brought her another team gold.[7]

Chepngetich won two gold medals in the 2000 mm steeplechase in the 2014, taking the title at the 2014 African Youth Games before winning at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics (holding off Ethiopia's Zewdenesh Mamo both times).[8][9] She held the world's four fastest times for the event that year.[10] In the junior ranks she won the Kenyan junior title then moved into the top twenty of all-time for the 3000 m steeplechase with a run of 9:40.28 minutes to claim the silver medal at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics, where she was only behind Ruth Jebet.[11][12]

She returned to grass for the 2015 World Cross Country junior race, but the Kenyan team was well-beaten by the Ethiopians and Chepngetich came twelfth as part of the silver medal-winning team.[13] A third-place finish in a steeplechase personal best of 9:35.75 minutes at the 2015 Athletics Kenya World Championship Trials brought her her first senior national selection.[14]

In 2017 Chepngetich was suspended for 8 months after she failed a drug test.[15]

Personal bests[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2013 World Cross Country Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 7th Junior race 18:21
1st Junior team 14 pts
World Youth Championships Donetsk, Ukraine 1st 2000 m s'chase 6:14.60
2014 African Cross Country Championships Kampala, Uganda 4th Junior race 19:39.71
1st Junior team 13 pts
African Youth Games Gaborone, Botswana 1st 2000 m s'chase 6:21.81
World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 2nd 3000 m s'chase 9:40.28
Youth Olympics Nanjing, China 1st 2000 m s'chase 6:22.67
2015 World Cross Country Championships Guiyang, China 12th Junior race 20:38
2nd Junior team 33 pts
World Championships Beijing, China 15th 3000 m s'chase 9:46.08


  1. ^ Rosefline Chepngetich. Global Sports Communication. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  2. ^ 2000 Metres Steeplechase - women - youth - outdoor. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  3. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2013-06-12). Favourites beaten at Kenyan World Youth Trials. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  4. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2013-07-09). Many close contests expected – GIRLS PREVIEW – IAAF World Youth Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  5. ^ Kenya's Steeplechase success stories continue in Donetsk". IAAF (2013-07-14). Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  6. ^ Rosefline Chepngetich. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  7. ^ Kampala2014-Results-junior-women-team Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. Athletics-Africa. Retrieved on 2014-03-18.
  8. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2014-05-31). Kejelcha and Chepngetich triumph at African Youth Games in Gaborone. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  9. ^ Landells, Steve (2014-08-25). Home favourite Xu delivers at Youth Olympic Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  10. ^ 2000 Metres Steeplechase - women - youth - outdoor - 2014. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  11. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2014-06-25). Alfred Kipketer the star of the Kenyan trials for the IAAF World Junior Championships . IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  12. ^ Minshull, Phil (2014-07-27). Day five report: Friday helps make Saturday special for the USA – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  13. ^ Results - IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2015 - Guiyang (Qingzhen), PR OF CHINA 28 MAR 2015 - Junior Race - women - Final - Team Archived 30 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
  14. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2015-08-01). Rudisha beaten by Cheruiyot but other top stars excel at Kenyan Trials. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-08-02.
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