Ruth CHEPNGETICH

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    08 AUG 1994
    ATHLETE'S CODE
    14766298
  • ROAD RACE LABEL STATUS
    2020 Platinum
Women's marathon winner Ruth Chepngetich in Doha (Getty Images)

Current World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Score
Women's 10,000m 28 1215
Women's Marathon 2 1414
Women's Overall Ranking 30 1414

Highest Ever World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Duration
Women's 10,000m 23 for 1 week
Women's Marathon 1 for 43 weeks
Women's Overall Ranking 7 for 3 weeks
Women's Road Running 1 for 20 weeks
Highest ever World Rankings position is considered from 1/1/2019

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
5000 Metres 15:26.70 Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi (KEN) 09 APR 2022 1112
10,000 Metres 31:47.9h Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi (KEN) 26 APR 2022 1150
10 Kilometres 30:29 Manchester (GBR) 22 MAY 2022 1221
Half Marathon 1:04:02 Istanbul (TUR) 04 APR 2021 AR(p), NR 1256
Marathon 2:17:08 Dubai (UAE) 25 JAN 2019 1263

Legend

* Not legal.

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
5000 Metres 15:26.70 Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi (KEN) 09 APR 2022 1112
10,000 Metres 31:47.9h Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi (KEN) 26 APR 2022 1150
10 Kilometres 30:29 Manchester (GBR) 22 MAY 2022 1221
Marathon 2:17:18 Nagoya (JPN) 13 MAR 2022 1261

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2022 15:26.70 Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi (KEN) 09 APR 2022

Outdoor

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2022 31:47.9h Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi (KEN) 26 APR 2022

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2022 30:29 Manchester (GBR) 22 MAY 2022
2020 31:50 Madrid (ESP) 31 DEC 2020
2019 31:12 Port Gentil (GAB) 30 JUN 2019
2018 33:09 Nyahururu (KEN) 03 FEB 2018
2017 31:36 Port Gentil (GAB) 24 JUN 2017

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2021 1:04:02 Istanbul (TUR) 04 APR 2021
2020 1:05:06 New Delhi (IND) 29 NOV 2020
2019 1:05:30 Istanbul (TUR) 07 APR 2019
2018 1:07:02 København (DEN) 16 SEP 2018
2017 1:06:19 Istanbul (TUR) 30 APR 2017
2016 1:11:33 Rabat (MAR) 13 MAR 2016

Outdoor

Marathon

Performance Place Date
2022 2:17:18 Nagoya (JPN) 13 MAR 2022
2021 2:22:31 Chicago, IL (USA) 10 OCT 2021
2020 2:22:05 London (GBR) 04 OCT 2020
2019 2:17:08 Dubai (UAE) 25 JAN 2019
2018 2:18:35 Istanbul (TUR) 11 NOV 2018
2017 2:22:36 Istanbul (TUR) 12 NOV 2017

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Marathon 2:32:43 Corniche, Doha (QAT) 27 SEP 2019

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 10,000 Metres 31:47.9h Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi (KEN) 26 APR 2022
Results in:

5000 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
09 APR 2022 Kenya Prison Ch., Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi KENKEN F F 1. 15:26.70

10,000 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
09 APR 2022 Kenya Prison Ch., Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi KENKEN F F 1. 31:55.47
26 APR 2022 Kenyan Ch., Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi KENKEN B F 1. 31:47.9h

Cross Country

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
22 JAN 2022 Kenyan Cross Country Ch., Eldoret - XC 10.0km KENKEN B F 6. 34:40

10 Kilometres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
22 MAY 2022 Great Manchester Run, Manchester GBRGBR F F 3. 30:29

Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
13 MAR 2022 Nagoya Women's Marathon, Nagoya JPNJPN GW F 1. 2:17:18
18 JUL 2022 World Athletics Championships, Oregon 2022, Autzen Complex, Eugene, OR USAUSA OW F DNF

Last updated: 4 April 2021

Born: 8 Aug 1994. Coach: self.


Ruth Chepngetich may still seem like a relative newcomer to the international scene – at the time of the last Olympic Games, she had only competed in a couple of races outside of Kenya – but she has been running for most of her life.

The oldest of five children (two girls, three boys), Chepngetich was born and raised in Kericho. It was during her time at Sigowet Primary School where her passion for athletics started. She would run the 4km distance to school each morning, then return home at midday for lunch before running back to school in the afternoon and returning in the evening, covering a total distance of 16 kilometres each day.

It wasn’t long before she tested herself in competitions, starting off in the 400m before moving up to 3000m and 5000m races, eventually reaching district and provincial level. She dabbled in the 10,000m but didn’t like the increase in distance, so dropped back down to 3000m and 5000m for a bit longer. She even tried out the steeplechase for a brief period in 2013.

After completing her studies at Momoniat Secondary School in Kericho, Chepngetich moved straight to road running and joined a group of athletes in Chepsion. From there, she moved again to Kericho town, where she was coached for a brief spell by Samuel Bii.

Chepngetich started to make good progress in the domestic races she contested throughout 2015. She finished 21st at the South Rift Cross Country Championships in January that year, then placed 15th at the Ndakaini Half Marathon in September before capping her season with a victory over 15km in Kericho.

“I competed in these races but I had no clue on how to plan for the races and how to spread the energies over the distances,” she said in an interview with The Nation.

She moved again at the end of the year, relocating to Ngong in Kajiado County – the same area where two-time world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri is from. Since being based there, Chepngetich has been largely self-coached, but occasionally joins a local group of male athletes for some of their sessions.

“I obviously know what works for me in training, so I don’t need a coach,” says Chepngetich, who covers about 170km a week in training. “So long as I have some good male training partners that can push me, then I am fine.”

Her daughter Sharleen, now 10, is another big reason why Chepngetich continues to push herself hard in training.

In her first competitive outing outside of Kenya, Chepngetich clocked 1:11:33 to finish fourth at the Rabat Half Marathon in March 2016. A brief injury spell put her out of action for a few months, but she ended the year with a runner-up finish at the Nairobi Half Marathon, clocking 1;14:13 at altitude.

Her progress continued into 2017 and she set PBs in her first four half marathons of the year, winning all of them. She started with 1:09:06 in Adana, then 1:08:08 in Paris, 1:07:42 in Milan and finally 1:06:19 in Istanbul, putting her just outside the top 10 on the world all-time list at that time.

She returned to the Turkish city later in the year to make her marathon debut and she achieved a stunning 2:22:36 victory, hinting that her future lay at the longer distances.

She represented Kenya internationally for the first time in 2018, finishing 13th at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia. Just two weeks later, she finished second at the Paris Marathon in 2:22:59. Later in the year, however, she successfully defended her Istanbul Marathon title with a huge PB of 2:18:35, putting her seventh on the world all-time list.

Just two months later, Chepngetich revised her marathon PB again, winning in Dubai in 2:17:08 to move up to third on the world all-time list. It marked the beginning of her best season to date, as she went on to reduce her half marathon PB to 1:05:29 when winning in Istanbul, then later in the year struck gold in the marathon at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

The hot and humid conditions in the Qatari capital meant it wasn’t a race for fast times, but it gave Chepgetich the opportunity to show that she’s more than just a time-trial racer and, when needed, she can execute a tactical race plan.

That’s not to say it was plain sailing, though. She considered dropping out after about 17km as she started to experience stomach pains. Thankfully they eventually subsided and she made a decisive break as she entered the last of the six scheduled laps.

At the start of 2020, she had two goals: the Olympic Games and breaking the world record. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, put paid to those and so Chepngetich raced sparingly, saving herself for 2021. She finished third at the London Marathon in 2:22:05 and then clocked a half marathon PB of 1:05:06 to finish second in New Delhi.

As was the case last year, Chepngetich’s 2021 racing schedule has had to maintain a degree of flexibility. She had initially been set to compete at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in February, but when that race got cancelled, she turned her attention to Istanbul. And given the fond memories she has created in the Turkish city over the years – four victories from four races – she was more than happy to target a fifth triumph.

Her winning time of 1:04:02 in Istanbul was a 29-second improvement on the previous world record. But it’s the full marathon distance where she excels, and Chepngetich will head to the Tokyo Olympics as one of the big favourites for the 42.195km event.



STATS


World half marathon record progression
1:06:44 Elana Meyer (RSA) Tokyo 1999
1:06:25 Lornah Kiplagat (NED) Udine 2007
1:05:50 Mary Keitany (KEN) Ras Al Khaimah 2011
1:05:12 Florence Kiplagat (KEN) Barcelona 2014
1:05:09 Florence Kiplagat (KEN) Barcelona 2015
1:05:06 Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) Ras Al Khaimah 2017
1:04:52 Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) Prague 2017
1:04:51 Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) Valencia 2017
1:04:31 Ababel Yeshaneh (ETH) Ras Al Khaimah 2020
1:04:02 Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) Istanbul 2021

World half marathon all-time list
1:04:02 Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) Istanbul 2021
1:04:31 Ababel Yeshaneh (ETH) Ras Al Khaimah 2020
1:04:40 Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) Istanbul 2021
1:04:49 Brigid Kosgei (KEN) Ras Al Khaimah 2020
1:04:51 Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) Valencia 2017
1:04:51 Hellen Obiri (KEN) Istanbul 2021
1:04:52 Fancy Chemutai (KEN) Ras Al Khaimah 2018
1:04:55 Mary Keitany (KEN) Ras Al Khaimah 2018
1:05:04 Joan Melly (KEN) Prague 2018
1:05:06 Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) Ras Al Khaimah 2017

Ruth Chepngetich’s progression
(half marathon and marathon)
2016: 1:11:33, -
2017: 1:06:19, 2:22:36
2018: 1:07:02, 2:18:35
2019: 1:05:29, 2:17:08
2020: 1:05:06, 2:22:05
2021: 1:04:02, -