Joyce Chepkirui

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Joyce Chepkirui
Joyce Chepkirui during 2013 London Marathon (2) (cropped).JPG
Joyce Chepkirui during the 2013 London Marathon
Personal information
Born20 August 1988 (1988-08-20) (age 33)
Country Kenya

Joyce Chepkirui (born 20 August 1988) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in road running events. She established herself as a half marathon runner, winning races in Granollers, Bogotá and Gothenburg. She set a best of 1:06:19 hours to win the 2014 Prague Half Marathon. She also competes in 10K road races and her personal best of 30:38 minutes makes her fifth fastest woman ever.

Chepkirui began competing in cross country running in 2012 and won the Kenyan and African titles. She also competes on the track over 1500 metres and was the silver medallist at the 2011 All-Africa Games.


Chepkirui grew up in the Buret District of Kenya's Rift Valley Province.[1]

Her first international appearance came at the 2007 African Junior Athletics Championships, where she came fifth in the 1500 metres.[2] She made her debut in the half marathon in Benidorm that November and finished as runner-up.[3] She tried the 3000 metres steeplechase in 2008, but managed only fifth at the national junior championships.[4] She changed her focus to road running competitions the following year. She travelled to Spain and had top five finishes in a number of races, highlighted by a win in Almodóvar del Río with a time of 1:11:47 hours.[3][5] At the end of the year she placed fourth in the 15K at Kenya's Baringo Half Marathon.[6]


Chepkirui established herself as an elite level half marathon runner in 2010. She won a series of Spanish races, taking titles in Alicante, Torrevieja, Albacete, San Sebastián and Logroño. She improved her best to 1:09:51 hours at the San Sebastián race and also won the Barcelona and Granollers Half Marathons.[7][8] She was selected to represent Kenya at the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and she ran a best of 1:09:30 hours to take fifth place and help Kenya to the team title.[9] She closed the season with further wins in Spain, winning in Córdoba and setting another best of 1:09:25 hours at the Valencia Half Marathon.[10] She ended the year with a win at the 15K Baringo race in Kenya.[1]


She began 2011 with a win at the Lago Maggiore Half Marathon,[11] followed by a fourth-place finish at the Prague Half Marathon.[12] She set a personal best and course record of 1:09:04 hours to win at the Göteborgsvarvet in Sweden in May, then ran a world leading time of 30:43 minutes for the 10K in Appingedam.[13] Taking on a shorter distance, she managed to place second in the 1500 m at the Kenyan Athletics Championships.[14] She won the Bogotá Half Marathon by a margin of twenty seconds, over runner-up Mare Dibaba.[15] She won the Tilburg 10K in September and her time of 30:38 minutes was the fastest in the world that year and made her the fifth quickest ever over the distance.[16][17] Chepkirui was chosen to compete for Kenya in the 1500 m at the 2011 All-Africa Games and she came away with a silver medal behind her compatriot Irene Jelagat.[18] She won the first women's half marathon title in Baringo with a course record of 1:10:57.1 minutes.[19] The Zatopek 10 was her last outing of the year and she ran a 10,000 metres best and course record of 31:26.10 minutes to continue her long-distance winning streak.[20]


Chepkirui decided to compete in cross country at the start of 2012 and had immediate success, winning the Discovery Kenya Cross Country meet and the national title at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships,[21][22] before going on to win the gold medal and team title at the 2012 African Cross Country Championships.[23] On the roads, she was runner-up at Puerto Rico's World's Best 10K, finishing behind the double reigning world champion Vivian Cheruiyot,[24] and won at the Prague Half Marathon in a course record time of 1:07:03 hours.[25] This made her the seventh fastest woman ever in the event.[26] She attempted a marathon debut at the 2012 London Marathon, but failed to finish the distance. Chepkirui earned a place on the Kenyan Olympic team by coming second at the 10,000 m trials in June.[27] At the Olympic women's 10,000 metres final she failed to finish the race.


Chepkirui won the World's Best 10K at the start of 2013.[28] Her debut over the marathon distance came at the 2013 London Marathon, but she did not match her success over shorter distances and placed fifteenth overall with a time of 2:35:54 hours. A poor showing of 33:01 minutes for eighth came at the Ottawa 10K a month later, but she had a string of victories in the second half of the year, winning the Beach to Beacon 10K, Falmouth Road Race, Dam tot Damloop, Singelloop Utrecht and the Grand 10 Berlin.[29] Her run of 30:37 minutes in Berlin was a new personal best and the fastest ever on German soil for the 10K distance.[30] A course record of 68:15 minutes at the Valencia Half Marathon followed a week later.[31]


Chepkirui improved her half marathon best at the Prague Half Marathon in April 2014, taking victory in a course record time of 1:06:19 hours.[32] That year, she also won gold in the 10000 m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[33]


Chepkirui won both New York Road Runners 10 km[34] in May 2015 and Amsterdam Marathon in 2:24:10 in October 2015.[35]


Chepkirui finished second in the 2016 New York City Half Marathon on March 20 with a time of 1:07:41, narrowly beaten by Molly Huddle at the finish line.[36] Chepkirui finished fourth in the 2016 New York City Marathon in 2:29:08.[37]

Personal bests

  • 1500 metres – 4:08.80 (Nairobi, 16 JUL 2011)
  • 5000 metres - 15:58.31 (Marrakech, 14 SEP 2014)
  • 10,000 metres – 31:26.10 (Melbourne, 10 DEC 2011)
  • 10K road – 30:37 (Berlin, 13 OCT 2013)
  • Half marathon – 1:06:18 hours (Praha, 05 APR 2014 )
  • 25 Kilometres 1:23:27 (Amsterdam, 18 OCT 2015)
  • 30 Kilometres 1:40:15 (Amsterdam, 18 OCT 2015)
  • Marathon – 2:24:11 (Amsterdam, 18 OCT 2015)

International competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 African Junior Championships Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 5th 1500 m
2010 World Half Marathon Championships Nanning, China 5th Half marathon
2011 All-Africa Games Maputo, Mozambique 2nd 1500 metres
2012 African Cross Country Championships Cape Town, South Africa 1st Senior race
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland 1st 10,000 m

See also


  1. ^ a b Macharia, David (7 November 2010). "Kipkorir surprises to take victory at Baringo Half-Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. ^ 2007 African Junior Athletics Championships Archived 31 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. World Junior Athletics History. Retrieved on 3 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b Joyce Chepkirui. Tilastopaja. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  4. ^ 3000 Metres Steeplechase junior 2008. IAAF. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  5. ^ Women's Half Marathon 2009. IAAF. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  6. ^ Macharia, David (20 December 2009). "Teenager Ndiema surprises with Baringo Half Marathon victory". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  7. ^ "2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships – Athlete Biographies" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 3 April 2012.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Palmarés La Mitja". Granollers Half Marathon. Archived from the original on 22 August 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  9. ^ 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships – Women's Team Results Archived 29 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 3 April 2012.
  10. ^ Joyce Chepkirui Archived 31 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Posso Sports. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  11. ^ March 2011 Results. AIMS. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  12. ^ April 2011 Results. AIMS. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  13. ^ May 2011 Results. AIMS. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Joyce Chepkirui sets new World Lead for 10K (her second, consecutive) in Tilburg 10K (Ladies Run)". Posso Sports. 4 September 2011. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Mutai and Chepkirui the winners in Bogota". IAAF. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  16. ^ 10 Kilometres All Time. IAAF (17 August 2011). Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  17. ^ "Snelste 10 kilometer dit jaar: Joyce Chepkirui in Tilburg" (in Dutch). Brabants Dagblad. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  18. ^ Makori, Elias (17 September 2011). "Rare medals for Kenya as curtain falls on 10th All Africa Games". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  19. ^ Macharia, David (6 November 2011). "Jepkurui dominated Baringo Half Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  20. ^ Johnson, Len (10 December 2011). "Bett proves best in Zatopek 10". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  21. ^ Macharia, David (22 January 2012). "W. Kiprop takes down G. Mutai in Eldoret XC". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  22. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (18 February 2012). "Karoki and Chepkirui steal the headlines in Nairobi". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  23. ^ Williamson, Norrie (19 March 2012). "Langat and Chepkirui take African XC titles in Cape Town". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  24. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (27 February 2012). "Kitwara and Cheruiyot run to triple crown in San Juan 10Km". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  25. ^ Butcher, Pat (31 March 2012). "Tsegay's 58:47 shatters course record in 'very windy' Prague". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  26. ^ Half Marathon All Time. IAAF. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  27. ^ Mutwiri, Mutuota (15 June 2012). "Cheruiyot takes Kenyan 10,000m Olympic Trials race in Nairobi". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  28. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (24 February 2013). "Kitwara takes fourth title, Chepkirui complete Kenyan double at World's Best 10K". IAAF. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  29. ^ "Chepkirui and Amlosom the winners in a close finish at Dam tot Damloop". IAAF. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  30. ^ Wenig, Jörg (13 October 2013). "Chepkirui sets German all-comers' record at Berlin 10km". IAAF. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  31. ^ October 2013. AIMS. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  32. ^ Wenig, Jörg (5 April 2014). "Chepkirui breaks course record in Prague with 1:06:19". IAAF. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  33. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Joyce Chepkirui Profile". Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  34. ^ "2015 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K - Full Broadcast". 31 March 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  35. ^ "Kenya's Bernard Kipyego and Joyce Chepkirui Shine At Amsterdam Marathon". Daily Nation. AllAfrica. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  36. ^ Lorge, Abigail (21 March 2016). "Molly Huddle Scores a Record and a Win, With a Dose of Controversy". Runner's World. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  37. ^ "2016 TCS NYC Marathon Overall Women results". 6 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.

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