Athlete Profile

    Kenya Kenya
    07 JUL 1985
Moses Mosop wins the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon (Getty Images)


Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
3000 Metres 7:36.88 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne (SUI) 11 JUL 2006 1196
5000 Metres 12:54.46 Paris (FRA) 08 JUL 2006 1230
10,000 Metres 26:49.55 Blankers-Koen Stadion, Hengelo (NED) 26 MAY 2007 1243
25,000 Metres 1:12:25.4h Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUN 2011 WR, AR 1232
30,000 Metres 1:26:47.4h Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUN 2011 WR, AR 1268
10 Kilometres 28:28 Dongio (SUI) 18 APR 2006 1098
15 Kilometres 42:25 Nijmegen (NED) 21 NOV 2004 1166
Half Marathon 59:20 Milano (ITA) 21 MAR 2010 1221
Marathon 2:05:03 Rotterdam (NED) 15 APR 2012 1252
Marathon 2:03:06 * Boston, MA (USA) 18 APR 2011 1257


* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2016


Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
Marathon 2:09:33 Dongying (CHN) 08 MAY 2016 1170


3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 7:45.83 Paris (FRA) 06 JUL 2007
2006 7:36.88 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne (SUI) 11 JUL 2006
2005 7:42.96 Madrid (ESP) 16 JUL 2005
2004 7:41.78 Madrid (ESP) 17 JUL 2004
2003 7:45.70 Luzern (SUI) 25 JUN 2003
2000 7:48.90 Abano Terme (ITA) 17 JUN 2000


5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 13:07.89 Ostrava (CZE) 27 JUN 2007
2006 12:54.46 Paris (FRA) 08 JUL 2006
2005 13:06.83 Sevilla (ESP) 04 JUN 2005
2004 13:09.68 Blankers-Koen Stadion, Hengelo (NED) 31 MAY 2004
2003 13:11.75 Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne (SUI) 01 JUL 2003


10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 26:49.55 Blankers-Koen Stadion, Hengelo (NED) 26 MAY 2007
2006 27:17.00 Hengelo (NED) 28 MAY 2006
2005 27:08.96 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki (FIN) 08 AUG 2005
2004 27:30.66 Ostrava (CZE) 08 JUN 2004
2003 27:13.66 Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL) 05 SEP 2003
2002 28:38.6h Nairobi (KEN) 15 JUN 2002


10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2011 28:29 Boston, MA (USA) 26 JUN 2011
2010 29:06 Dongio (SUI) 05 APR 2010
2009 28:53 Dongio (SUI) 13 APR 2009
2008 28:29 Trento (ITA) 11 OCT 2008
2007 29:59 Trento (ITA) 06 OCT 2007
2006 28:28 Dongio (SUI) 18 APR 2006
2004 29:39 Marseille (FRA) 01 MAY 2004
2003 28:51 Dongio (SUI) 21 APR 2003
2002 29:21 Gualtieri (ITA) 01 APR 2002


15 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2010 43:09 Nijmegen (NED) 21 NOV 2010
2004 42:25 Nijmegen (NED) 21 NOV 2004


Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2012 1:02:00 Paris (FRA) 04 MAR 2012
2011 1:01:47 Paris (FRA) 06 MAR 2011
2010 59:20 Milano (ITA) 21 MAR 2010


25,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 1:12:25.4h Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUN 2011


30,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2011 1:26:47.4h Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUN 2011



Performance Place Date
2016 2:09:33 Dongying (CHN) 08 MAY 2016
2015 2:06:19 Xiamen (CHN) 03 JAN 2015
2014 2:20:37 Praha (CZE) 11 MAY 2014
2013 2:11:19 Chicago, IL (USA) 13 OCT 2013
2012 2:05:03 Rotterdam (NED) 15 APR 2012
2011 2:05:37 Chicago, IL (USA) 09 OCT 2011

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. 10,000 Metres 27:46.61 Olympic Stadium, Athina (GRE) 20 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 10,000 Metres 27:08.96 Olympic Stadium, Helsinki (FIN) 08 AUG 2005

Honours - World Half Marathon Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
10. Half Marathon 1:01:31 Nanning (CHN) 16 OCT 2010

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Senior Race 36:13 Mombasa (KEN) 24 MAR 2007
7. U20 Race 23:17 Lausanne (SUI) 30 MAR 2003
10. U20 Race 23:58 Dublin (IRL) 24 MAR 2002
11. Senior Race 35:17 Golf Club Al Bisharat, Amman (JOR) 28 MAR 2009

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. 10,000 Metres 27:56.56 Abuja (NGR) 12 OCT 2003

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 30,000 Metres 1:26:47.4h Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 03 JUN 2011

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 10,000 Metres 28:18.1h Kasarani (KEN) 01 JUL 2006
Results in:


Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
08 MAY 2016 Dongying Yellow River Marathon, Dongying CHNCHN B F 3. 2:09:33
13 NOV 2016 Istanbul Marathon, Istanbul TURTUR GL F DNF

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Updated 16 March 2009

Moses Cheruiyot MOSOP, Kenya (10,000m, cross country)

Born 07 July, 1985, Kamasia, Marakwet District, Rift Valley Province, Kenya
Coach: Renato Canova
Manager: Gianni Demadonna
Team: Kenya Police
Training: Ngong, Nairobi

Nicknamed ‘Engine Kubwa’ (Big Engine) for his powerful running technique, Moses Mosop is leading the life of latter day global sporting icons with a colourful existence both on and off the field. Only the jet-set lifestyle involving fast cars and lavish houses is missing from Mosop’s repertoire.

His recovery from a serious Achilles injury to win the killer Kenyan Trials and his private life have fascinated in equal measure and the world of athletics waits with bated breath to see whether Mosop will play his part in one of the gripping stories written in Amman.

On February 21, Mosop and Florence Kiplagat won the senior races at the Kenyan trials to become the first husband and wife couple to accomplish the act. Or were they? The mystery over whether Mosop and Kiplagat are married has been the subject of speculation in the Kenyan media while both athletes decline to confirm or even talk about it. Running is more important, they say.

Mosop refuses to be drawn into discussing his personal life though it is said that he wed Kiplagat in 2007, according to local and foreign media reports. “I cannot discuss my family matters,” Mosop said. “What I’m aiming is to win in Amman. I am still disappointed at missing the Beijing Olympics, gold in Edinburgh and Mombasa. That is what I am training so hard to achieve.”

That Mosop got a chance to line-up at the Kenyan trials, leave alone qualify for Amman, after a worrying injury, is a riveting tale in itself. In early 2007, Mosop was shaping up to be an emerging global distance force after winning silver at the 2007 Mombasa World Cross behind Eritrean Zersenay Tadese. To achieve that, Mosop ran without one shoe for 2km after he was spiked in the fourth lap. Considering the atrocious heat that scorched even the greatest cross-country runner in history, Kenenisa Bekele, into submission, Mosop’s rally for silver was one of the highlights from Mombasa that did not receive due recognition.

“I have never seen anyone run like Mosop did on that day,” Kenya’s physiotherapist, Peter Nduhiu said. “After he lost his shoe, he was just holding on in the bronze medal position halfway in the last lap when I shouted to him, ‘Ametoka! (He is out)’ as I ran alongside.

“I was informing him that Bekele was struggling and on hearing that, he tore up the field like a maniac and fortunately, Tadese, who was also fading, had done enough for victory,” Nduhiu disclosed.

With the world seemingly at his feet, Mosop began plotting how to get another go at Bekele and company at the 2007 track and field World Championships in Osaka. However, disaster struck. “After Mombasa, I went to Europe to compete in a couple of races and, while there, I was injured on my left foot,” Mosop said. “Then, I thought it was nothing serious and I continued training. That is when I aggravated the injury.”

Unable to train, Mosop faced the grim reality that his budding career could end.

“At times, I thought it would be all over but I believed that I would be back,” he said. “I worked with the doctors and coach and did everything they required of me.”

Mosop resumed training in October 2008 and a month later, he returned to action with a commanding victory at Wareng Tuskys Cross Country race in Eldoret. In January he was second at the Elgoibar meet in Spain and, a week later, he finished fourth at the Cross Internacional de Itálica IAAF permit meet in Sevilla.  “My body was returning to shape and I felt I could return to the Kenyan team so that I can target the World Cross gold I missed in Mombasa,” Mosop said.

At the selection event, the Big Engine roared back to life with a commanding victory in the long race where he took charge with 2km to go before sprinting clear of closest challenger, Mathew Kisorio, to breeze to the tape 22 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

Mosop began competing in high school, reaching national schools championships in 2002, finishing 2nd in the 10,000m and 3rd in the steeplechase. He trained with Kenya Army athletes before 2002 World Cross trials, where he finished 3rd in the junior race and went on to place 10th in the Dublin World Cross.

The following June, Mosop took 3rd in Kenya’s World Junior track trials (28:.40.6) but was not selected for the Championships in Jamaica.

Training full time with the Army in 2003, he finished second in the trials and seventh in the Lausanne World Cross. He then signed with Manager Demadonna and ran ten races in Europe, notching PBs at 3000 (7:45.70) and 5000 (13:11.75, fourth at Lausanne GP) as well as a world age 18 best at 10,000 (27:13.66, seventh in Brussels GL, an 87-second improvement in his PB). Mosop then qualified for the inaugural World Athletics Final, placing 9th over 5000m, and was later selected to represent Kenya at the All Africa Games in Nigeria, finishing a respectable fifth in 27:56.56.

In 2004, Mosop missed the World Cross trials with injury, then ran a 13:09.68 5000m and a 27:30.66 10,000m in Europe preparing for Kenya’s Olympic trials, where he finished second (28:07.0 ) to veteran John Cheruiyot Korir.  In Athens he had to content himself with seventh (27:46.61), just behind Korir, both of them demoralised by the dominance of Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.

In 2005, after an injury-hampered 18th in the men’s 12km at the St-Etienne/St-Galmier World Cross, he earned back some self-respect with fast 27:51.8 win in the Kenyan World Championships trials and was then a close third in the 10,000m at the Helsinki World Championships.

His 2006 season was hampered by an Achilles injury, but he managed a couple of fast road races in April, at Dongio and Heillecourt, finishing second by a whisker in both to countryman Edwin Soi. He also notched an impressive 5000m PB (12:54.46), though it earned him only third place in the Paris Golden League race, where he was beaten once again by Kenenisa and by Soi.

Mosop warmed up for the Kenya-hosted 2007 World Cross in minor European road and cross races, then took the Kenya Trials decisively, over, among others, Soi. After Mombasa he set his personal best in 10,000m in Hengelo timing 26:49.55 in May before he suffered the serious injury.

The fourth of nine children, whose parents are farmers in Kamasia with seven acres, Mosop was previously married to Rose Cheruiyot (no relation to the athlete). He has two daughters, Olympia Cheptoo (born 2004 of Cheruiyot) and Aisha (born 2008 of Kiplagat).

Personal Bests
5000m:    12:54.46 (2006)
10,000m: 26:49.55 (2007)

Yearly Progression
5000/10,000: 2002 - --/28:40.6A; 2003 – 13:11.75/27:13.66;  2004 – 13:09.68/27:30.66;  2005 – 13:06.83/27:08.96;  2006 – 12:54.46/27:17.00; 2007-13:07.89/26:49.55; 2008 - -/-

Career Highlights
2002    10th    World Cross Country Championships (Junior)
2003     7th      World Cross Country Championships (junior)
2003     9th      World Athletics Final (5000m)
2004     7th     Olympic Games (10,000m)
2005   18th       World Cross County Championships (Long Race)
2005     3rd      World Championships (10,000m)
2007     2nd       World Cross Country Championships

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