World Athletics Records Held by Kenyan Athletes

This article explores the remarkable records held by Kenyan athletes, showcasing their unmatched skills and endurance on the global stage. When it comes to long-distance running, Kenya has established itself as a powerhouse on the global stage.

Kenya is renowned for producing some of the world’s most exceptional athletes, consistently dominating various track events. Kenyan athletes have shattered numerous world athletics records with natural talent, rigorous training, and rich running culture, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

World Athletics Records Held by Kenyan Athletes

Women’s World’s Athletics Records

1. Marathon – 2:17:01 – Mary Keitany 

Mary Keitany set this record in the marathon, covering the distance of 42.195 kilometers in 2:17:1. The marathon is one of the most challenging endurance events, and Keitany’s time reflects her incredible speed and stamina.

2. Marathon – 2:14:04 – Brigid Kosgei 

Brigid Kosgei set the women’s marathon world record with a time of 2:14:4 at the 2019 Chicago Marathon, breaking Mary Keitany’s 2017 record. However, on September 24, 2023, Tigst Assefa of Ethiopia broke Brigid Kosgei’s record with a time of 2:11:53 . It is critical to recognize that the validity of this new record is now subject to the official ratification process, typically completed within 30 days following the competition.

3. Half Marathon – 1:05:16 Peres Jepchirchir

Peres Jepchirchir’s record time in the half marathon covers 21.0975 kilometers.

4. 10km – 30:01 – Agnes Tirop:

In 2021, the late Tirop set a world record of 30:01 in Herzogenaurach, Germany. She beat the record set by Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco in New York on June 8, 2002, by 28 seconds.

5. Faith Kipyegon (1500 meters, 5000 meters)

The Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion set the 1500m and 5000m world records within one week. On June 2, 2023, she astonished the athletics community at 3:49.11 at the Diamond League competition in Florence, Italy. Eight days later, she stunned world record holder Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia to win the 5000m in the Diamond League in Paris. She finished at 14:05:20.

World Athletics Records Held by Kenyan Athletes
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6. 3000m Steeplechase – 8:44.32 – Beatrice Chepkoech:

In 2018, Chepkoech achieved a record-breaking performance in the Diamond League event held in Monaco. The athlete achieved a time of 8:44.32, surpassing the previous women’s world record in the 3000m steeplechase by a margin of almost eight seconds.

Men’s World’s Athletics Records

1. Marathon – 2:01:09 – Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge is known as the greatest marathon runner of all time. In September 2022, the Kenyan athletics legend shaved off a half-minute from his world record to win the Berlin Marathon in a sensational 2:01:09. Kipchoge ran 42.195 kilometers in 2019 in a remarkable unofficial time of 1:59: 40.

2. 10Km – 26:24 – Rhonex Kipruto