Bernard Kiprop KIPYEGO

Athlete Profile

    Kenya Kenya
    16 JUL 1986
    2020 Bronze
Bernard Kiprop Kipyego (Getty Images)

Current World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Score
Men's Marathon 475 1113
Men's Overall Ranking 2020 1113

Highest Ever World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Duration
Men's Marathon 116 for 2 weeks
Men's Overall Ranking 516 for 1 week
Highest ever World Rankings position is considered from 1/1/2019


Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
1500 Metres 3:47.7h Eldoret (KEN) 01 APR 2005 1006
3000 Metres 7:50.57 Naimette-Xhovémont (BEL) 19 JUL 2006 1112
5000 Metres 13:09.96 Oslo (NOR) 29 JUL 2005 1173
10,000 Metres 26:59.61 Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL) 14 SEP 2007 1227
10 Kilometres 28:24 Bengaluru (IND) 31 MAY 2009 1104
15 Kilometres 42:44 Nijmegen (NED) 19 NOV 2006 1147
10 Miles Road 46:43 Portsmouth (GBR) 26 OCT 2008 1108
10 Miles Road 46:03 * Amsterdam (NED) 21 SEP 2008 1133
Half Marathon 59:10 Rotterdam (NED) 13 SEP 2009 1228
Marathon 2:06:19 Amsterdam (NED) 18 OCT 2015 1228


* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2019


Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
Half Marathon 1:03:04 Madrid (ESP) 07 APR 2019 1068
Marathon 2:11:38 Frankfurt (GER) 27 OCT 2019 1133


1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005 3:47.7h Eldoret (KEN) 01 APR 2005


3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2006 7:50.57 Naimette-Xhovémont (BEL) 19 JUL 2006
2004 7:54.91 Madrid (ESP) 17 JUL 2004


5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 13:30.40 Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER) 01 JUN 2008
2007 13:13.40 Nobeoka (JPN) 26 MAY 2007
2006 13:20.78 Heusden-Zolder (BEL) 22 JUL 2006
2005 13:09.96 Oslo (NOR) 29 JUL 2005
2004 13:24.27 Nijmegen (NED) 22 MAY 2004


10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017 29:12.9h Nairobi (KEN) 18 MAY 2017
2013 28:36.5h Nairobi (KEN) 25 MAY 2013
2011 28:35.1h Nairobi (KEN) 03 JUN 2011
2009 27:18.47 Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER) 17 AUG 2009
2008 27:08.06 Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL) 05 SEP 2008
2007 26:59.61 Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL) 14 SEP 2007
2006 27:19.45 Hengelo (NED) 28 MAY 2006
2005 27:04.45 Hengelo (NED) 29 MAY 2005
2004 28:18.94 Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 2004
2003 29:29.09 Garoua (CMR) 03 AUG 2003


10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2009 28:24 Bengaluru (IND) 31 MAY 2009
2008 28:59 Edinburgh (GBR) 04 MAY 2008
2003 28:57 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 27 AUG 2003


15 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2007 43:42 Nijmegen (NED) 18 NOV 2007
2006 42:44 Nijmegen (NED) 19 NOV 2006
2005 43:26 Nijmegen (NED) 20 NOV 2005
2004 43:23 Nijmegen (NED) 21 NOV 2004


10 Miles Road

Performance Place Date
2008 46:43 Portsmouth (GBR) 26 OCT 2008


Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2019 1:03:04 Madrid (ESP) 07 APR 2019
2017 1:01:27 Gifu (JPN) 23 APR 2017
2016 1:08:33 Egmond aan Zee (NED) 10 JAN 2016
2015 1:04:17 Egmond aan Zee (NED) 11 JAN 2015
2014 59:47 Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 14 FEB 2014
2013 1:02:54 Kochi (IND) 29 DEC 2013
2012 1:01:25 Lille (FRA) 01 SEP 2012
2011 59:44 Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 18 FEB 2011
2010 59:40 Lille (FRA) 04 SEP 2010
2009 59:10 Rotterdam (NED) 13 SEP 2009



Performance Place Date
2019 2:11:38 Frankfurt (GER) 27 OCT 2019
2018 2:10:16 Seoul (KOR) 18 MAR 2018
2017 2:08:10 Tokyo (JPN) 26 FEB 2017
2016 2:06:45 Amsterdam (NED) 16 OCT 2016
2015 2:06:19 Amsterdam (NED) 18 OCT 2015
2014 2:06:22 Amsterdam (NED) 19 OCT 2014
2013 2:07:19 Beijing (CHN) 20 OCT 2013
2012 2:06:40 Chicago, IL (USA) 07 OCT 2012
2011 2:06:29 Chicago, IL (USA) 09 OCT 2011
2010 2:07:01 Rotterdam (NED) 11 APR 2010

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. 10,000 Metres 27:18.47 Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER) 17 AUG 2009

Honours - World Half Marathon Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Half Marathon 59:59 Birmingham (GBR) 11 OCT 2009

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. U20 Race 24:00 St-Etienne (FRA) 20 MAR 2005
3. Senior Race 36:37 Mombasa (KEN) 24 MAR 2007
10. Senior Race 35:24 Holyrood Park, Edinburgh (GBR) 30 MAR 2008

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 10,000 Metres 29:29.09 Garoua (CMR) 03 AUG 2003

Honours - International Marathon

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Half Marathon 59:34 Berlin (GER) 05 APR 2009
Results in:

Half Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
07 APR 2019 Movistar Medio Maratón de Madrid, Madrid ESPESP C F 7. 1:03:04


Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
05 MAY 2019 Volkswagen Prague Marathon, Praha CZECZE GL F 13. 2:15:21
27 OCT 2019 Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, Frankfurt GERGER GL F 9. 2:11:38

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Updated 22 March 2008

Bernard Kiprop KIPYEGO, Kenya  
(3000m, 5000m, 10,000m, cross country)
Born 16 July, 1986, Kapkitony Village, Keiyo District.
Height: 170cm (5'7"); weight: 50.36kg
Manager: Jos Hermens
Camp: Kaptagat
Married to Esilyne, he has a one-and-a-half year-old daughter named Sandra.

Quiet, unassuming, and mature beyond his 21 years, Bernard Kiprop Kipyego is one of the country's new generation of stars, having already represented Kenya with distinction in previous editions of the World Cross Country Championships. An athlete who seems to rise to the occasion after slipping into the squad almost unnoticed, he tends to put in sterling performances when it matters.

Kipyego won the individual silver medal in the junior race at the 2005 World Cross Country in St-Etienne/St-Galmier, France, and the senior bronze medal in Mombasa last year. On both occasions he returned home with a team gold medal.

The second in a family of eight, his name means 'born when it was raining' in his Kalenjin tribe and he attended Kogibor Primary School, where he completed his formative education in 2000. While in Kogibor he used to run as a hobby, while competing in 5000m and 10,000m races, occasionally reaching provincial level.

Unable to continue with his education after finishing primary school, Kipyego stayed out for a year before staring serious training in 2002, inspired by 2003 Rotterdam Marathon and 2005 Seoul Marathon winner William Kiplagat. "Kiplagat had a big role in my starting to take athletics seriously as he was very popular in our area because of his exploits,” Kipyego said.

Spurred by this, Kipyego moved to Chepkorio in 2002, where Global Sports was based, and rented a house nearby. "I moved to Chepkorio, where Global Sports athletes used to train, and I would join them for training every day," he said. A few months later, he did an interview with the camp and, after winning a race organised from Toronmgo to Kamusur, to select athletes, he was signed up. "I was so excited because I had achieved the first part of my goal and I knew that, with hard work, I would make it to the next level,” he said.

In May 2003, he qualified for the 2003 Africa Junior Championships, in Cameroon, after finishing third at the National Trials at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi. Representing his country for the first time, Kipyego ran a gallant race in Yaoundé to win bronze in the boys' 10,000m (29:29.09).

In 2004, Kipyego came close to making the national team for the World Cross Country Championships, in Brussels, finishing 10th in the National Championships 8km junior race. A month later, he came in seventh at the trials, held at Ngong racecourse, Nairobi, and was included as a reserve in the team. He travelled to Kigari to traine with the junior team but was left out of the final squad.

Kipyego shrugged off the disappointment by winning the 10,000m (28:46.7) at a track meeting in Eldoret in May. Later that month, he travelled to The Netherlands for his first race abroad, placing fourth in the 5,000m in Nijmegen (13:24.27).

In the Kenyan track trials for the World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, Kipyego again fell short of his goal. Moses Masai and Hosea Macharinyang proved too strong for the then 18-year-old and he finished third (28:29.0)

Kipyego started 2005 determined to finally break through to the national cross country team and succeeded by finish 6th in the trials for the World Cross Country Championships in St-Etienne/St-Galmier. There he stunned everyone by winning silver behind Augustine Choge as Kenya claimed the first four positions to score a perfect 10 and win the junior team title.

Turning his attentions to the track, Kipyego improved his 10,000m PB by clocking an impressive 27:04.45 in Hengelo in May. But, in the trials in Nairobi for the World Championships in Helsinki, he could manage only 10th (28:18.0). His next stop was London, where he came third in the 5,000m at the Norwich Union meet (13:12.47) A week later, he improved his time to 13:09.96 at the Bislett Games, in Oslo, where he finished fifth.

Failing to make the Kenya team for the 2006 World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka – he finished 19th in the trials – Kipyego returned to Hengelo in May, finishing fourth in his favourite event, the 10,000m (27:19.45). Back in Kenya for the National Championships held in July, he again struggled, placing a distant ninth (28:39.4). The remainder of his track season was unremarkable.

Kipyego began 2007 with a burning mission - to get into the national cross country team and, like most top athletes who missed the National Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kiprop gave the dress rehearsal for the Mombasa World Cross a miss to concentrate on the trials. Finishing 4th, he booked his place for the World Cross and, with Kenya hosting the championships, every athlete had added pressure to perform.

Kipyego let nobody down. The 20-year-old ran a brilliant race in the senior ranks, braving the scorching sun and cheered on by thousands who flocked to the venue, to take his individual bronze and team gold. On the track the following summer, he dipped under 27 minutes for the first time at 10,000m (26:59.61) in taking 4th place at the Ivo Van Damme Memorial, in Brussels. "My manager had encouraged me to run under 27 minutes to show capabilities and I trained so hard just to make it happen," he said.

Kipyego began 2008 with a second place finish, behind compatriot Leonard Patrick Komon, at the Elgoibar Cross Country in Spain on 13 January. Seven days later, Kipyego battled hard with Komon before finishing fourth at the Seville Cross Country.

The post election crisis in the country saw several cross-country meets cancelled and Kiprop was among 40 athletes given a wild card to compete at the National Cross Country Championships cum trials in Nairobi on 1 March. Exercising patience, he ran with the pack before injecting a last lap push to finish fifth and slip into the team almost unnoticed - similar to the previous two occasions he had made the team.

Speaking in Kigari, Embu, at the team's training camp, Kipyego said he was confident of improving on his 2007 showing. "This will be my second time in the seniors and I go in with even more experience so I am confident of maybe bettering my performance,” he said. Based on his past two showings at World Cross, few would bet against him.

Personal Bests
5000m: 13:09.96 (2005)
10,000m: 26:59.61 (2007)

Yearly Progression
5000m:  2004 – 13:24.27; 2005 – 13:09.96; 2006 – 13:20.78; 2007 – 13:13.40
10,000m: 2004 - 28:18.94; 2005 - 27:04.45; 2006 – 27:19.45; 2007 – 26:59.61

Career Highlights
 2003 – 3rd, Africa Junior Championships, 10,000m
2005 – 2nd, World Cross Country Championships (junior)
2007 – 3rd, World Cross Country Championships

Prepared by James Wokabi and Mutwiri Mutuota for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008