Stephen Kiprotich

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Stephen Kiprotich
Stephen Kiprotich - Paris Half Marathon 2014 - b7543.jpg
Kiprotich at the Paris Half Marathon, March 2014
Personal information
Born (1989-02-27) 27 February 1989 (age 32)
Kapchorwa District, Uganda
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) (2012)
Weight56 kg (123 lb) (2012)
Event(s)Long distance
TeamNN Running Team
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals
Personal best(s)
  • Marathon: 2:06:33 (2015, NR)
  • 10,000 Metres: 27:58.03 (2010)
  • 5,000 Metres: 13:23.70 (2008)

Stephen Kiprotich ("KIP-roh-tich", born 27 February 1989) is a Ugandan long-distance runner, born in Kapchorwa District. He is an Olympic marathon champion, having won gold at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. He also won gold at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics. He is the second person, after Gezahegne Abera, to follow an Olympic marathon gold medal with a world championship gold medal for the same event.

He clinched the Olympic gold 2012 Olympic champion with a winning time of 2:08:01 in hot, sunny, and humid conditions.[1][2] This was the first Olympic medal for Uganda since 1996, the first Olympic gold medal for the country since 1972, and the country's first ever in the marathon.[3] He won the Moscow IAAF championship marathon on 17 August 2013.


Kiprotich is the youngest of seven children of subsistence farmers from Kapchorwa District, near the Uganda-Kenya border. As a child, he missed three years of elementary school due to an undiagnosed illness. From 2004 to 2006, he quit athletics to concentrate on school.[4] Then, at the age of 17, he quit school and moved to the Eldoret region of Kenya, in the Rift Valley, to train for the marathon with Eliud Kipchoge. He was assisted by A Running Start, a non-profit foundation based in New York.[2][5][6]

Kiprotich ran a personal best in the marathon of 2:07:20 in 2011 at the Enschede Marathon in the Netherlands, which set a new course record for the Enschede Marathon and a new Ugandan record in athletics.[7] He finished third in the 2012 Tokyo Marathon with a time of 2:07:50.[8]

Kiprotich was inspired in part by John Akii-Bua, the only previous Ugandan Olympic gold medalist, who won the 400 metres hurdles in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, setting a new world record in the process.[9] He then went on to win the London 2012 Olympic Marathon, ahead of Kenyan runners Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich who finished second and third respectively.

In 2012, Kiprotich won the Nile Special-Uspa Sports Personality of the Year award, the Ugandan sports award.[10]

In 2013, Kiprotich won the IAAF Moscow 2013 Marathon in 2:09:51 to grab the Gold Medal.

In 2014, Kiprotich took part and completed the New York City Marathon in 2:13:25.[11] Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich was the winner in 2:10.59.[12] In February 2015, he ran a new personal best in the marathon of 2:06:33 in finishing second at the Tokyo Marathon.[13]

In 2015, Kiprotich appeared in Jayant Maru's film SIPI the movie, a Ugandan produced film.[14]

In 2016 Stephen Kiprotich ran in his second Olympic marathon at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games; Kiprotich, the defending champion finished 14th in 2:13:32 in a race won by Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge.

In 2017 he represented Uganda at the 2017 World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda. Kiprotich finished 17th in a race won by Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor. He went on to finish second in both the Hamburg Marathon and Fukuoka Marathon, clocking 2:07:31 and 2:07:10 respectively.

In 2018 he competed in the Hamburg Marathon and Toronto Waterfront Marathon, finishing off of the podium in 5th and 7th respectively.

In 2019 Kiprotich was 3rd in the Hamburg Marathon in 2:08:31 and represented Uganda in the men's marathon at the 2019 World Championships in Athletics in Doha, Qatar. Stephen finished 18th in 2:15:04 in a race won by Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa.

Kiprotich's next marathon was in April 2021 where he finished 5th at the NN Mission Marathon in Enschede, Netherlands in a time of 2:09:04. He was the first Ugandan to finish beating Geoffrey Kusuro and Ugandan national record holder Felix Chemonges.

Stephen Kiprotich was selected for the Ugandan team in the men's marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.[15] He is expected to compete in August 2021 alongside teammates, Fred Musobo and Felix Chemonges. [16]

Stephen Kiprotich is a member of the NN Running Team and trains in Kapchorwa, Uganda.


  1. ^ "Stephen Kiprotich". London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Longman, Jeré (12 August 2012). "Ugandan Kiprotich Surges Past 2 Kenyans to Win Marathon Gold". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Kiprotich wins marathon for Uganda". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ Bashaija, Sande (31 May 2007). "Kiprotich doesn't regret dumping school for athletics". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Stephen Kiprotich's Olympic marathon win gives Uganda second gold ever". The Guardian. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Kiprotich strikes historic gold". IAAF. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  7. ^ Tempomacher überrascht alle Retrieved on 2010-08-12.
  8. ^ "Tokyo Marathon Result – Top finisher by category – Marathon". Tokyo Marathon 2012 (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  9. ^ Brown, Oliver (12 August 2012). "Stephen Kiprotich becomes Uganda's second ever Olympic gold medallist with historic men's marathon victory". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 August 2012. John Akii-Bua, who had claimed Uganda’s only other Olympic gold with a world record in the 400 metres hurdles in 1972
  10. ^ Bashaija, Sande (21 January 2013). "Kiprotich crowned 2012's best, shifts focus to Moscow mission". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Kiprotich finishes fifth at New York Marathon". The New Vision. New Vision. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Bump Propels Kenyan to Men's Title". New York Times. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  13. ^ personal best IAAF
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ Independent, The (3 May 2021). "OLYMPICS: Kiprotich picked for Uganda marathon team".
  16. ^ "Stephen KIPROTICH | Profile | World Athletics".

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