Sheila Chepkirui

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Sheila Chepkirui
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Kenya
African Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 Durban 5000 m
African Cross Country Championships
Silver medal – second place 2016 Yaoundé Senior race

Sheila Chepkirui Kiprotich (born 27 December 1990) is a Kenyan middle- and long-distance runner who competes mainly in the 1500 metres and 5000 metres. She won the gold medal at the African Championships in Athletics in 2016.

In her youth, Chepkirui competed in age category competitions. She defeated Yuriko Kobayashi over 1500 m at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Athletics to claim her first international gold medal. Her finishing time of in a 4:12.29 minutes was a championship record.[1] She returned to defend her title two years later, but ended up as bronze medallist at the 2007 event.[2] She failed to improve at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics and did not get past the heats. She dropped out of the sport after that year.[3]

Chepkirui joined up with Kenya Defence Forces and began competing at their track competitions again around 2012.[4] She returned to top level competition in late 2015. Good performances at national cross country running meets culminated in her finishing third at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships.[5][6][7] She was chosen for the 2016 African Cross Country Championships and in her senior debut she took the silver medal as part of a Kenyan podium sweep with Alice Aprot and Beatrice Mutai.[8] Later that year she won the 5000 m at the Kenyan Athletics Championships and won her first senior title at the 2016 African Championships in Athletics, setting a championship record of 15:05.45 minutes.[9][10]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2005 World Youth Championships Marrakech, Morocco 1st 1500 m 4:12.29
2007 World Youth Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 3rd 1500 m 4:19.26
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 15th (h) 1500 m 4:24.21
2016 African Cross Country Championships Yaoundé, Cameroon 2nd Senior race 30:44
1st Senior team 11 pts
African Championships Durban, South Africa 1st 5000 m 15:05.45 CR
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 7th 5000 m 14:54.05

National titles[edit]


  1. ^ Event Report - Girls' 1500 metres Final. IAAF (2005-07-15). Retrieved on 2016-07-02.
  2. ^ Girls 1500m Final. IAAF (2007-07-13). Retrieved on 2016-07-02.
  3. ^ Sheila Chepkirui Kiprotich. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-02.
  4. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2012-05-12). Obiri polishes off opponents in Nairobi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-02.
  5. ^ Mills, Steven (2016-01-31). Karoki dominates proceedings in Eldoret – cross-country round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-02.
  6. ^ Mills, Steven (2015-12-20). McCormack finally claims elusive win in Brussels – cross-country round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-02.
  7. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (2016-02-13). Kamworor and Aprot win at penultimate IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting in Nairobi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-02.
  8. ^ Kenya rules at African Cross Country Championships. IAAF (2016-03-12). Retrieved on 2016-07-02.
  9. ^ Botton, Wesley (2016-06-23). Sprint double for Ivory Coast but hosts South Africa dominate at African Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-07-02.
  10. ^ Sheila Chepkirui. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2016-07-02.

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