Stephen Kiprotich

Stephen Kiprotich

Athlete of Global Sports Communication

Date of Birth 27 February 1989
Country Uganda
Distance(s) Marathon
Sponsor Nike

Personal best(s)

Half Marathon 61:15 2013
Marathon 2:06:33 2011

Biography

Cheptiyal village (Kapchorwa District) born Kiprotich is one of the most friendly athletes with a sparkling personality. He always finds a way of making people laugh with his sense of humor. Determination and dedication are the key to Stephen’s success in running. Making the choice to move to Kenya on a young age to focus on a better chance on a good running career. He ran his first International race at the World Championships Cross Country in Fukuoka Japan in 2006, he finished 24th in the junior competition.

After a few years on the track, Stephen choose to run a road race in the fall of 2010, finishing second in the Reims Half Marathon. After finishing sixth in the 2011 World Championships Cross, Stephen came to Enschede Marathon to pace the group through 30km. Doing so in a very easy and smooth way he decided to finish the race, that’s how he broke the course record by over 1,5 minute. In 2012 Stephen ran the Tokyo marathon and he finished third. He easily made the Olympic team for London and in London Stephen showed that everything can happen in an Olympic marathon. He left the Kenyans behind and won the golden medal for Uganda! Uganda didn’t win a golden medal at the Olympics for 40 years so Stephen wrote history for his country. He suddenly became known in Uganda and the rest of the world. After his golden medal at the Olympics, Stephen focused on the 2013 London marathon. He returned to London where he became sixth in one of the strongest marathon fields ever. After London he set his focus on the World Championships in Moscow, where he wanted to become the second athlete ever to win the world title only one year after winning the Olympic title. And so he did, after a fantastic race he left the Ethiopians and Kenyans behind and took another gold medal for Uganda.

Most significant results

2015 Tokyo Marathon 2nd 2:06:33
2014 New York Marathon 5th 2:13:25
2014 London Marathon 12th 2:11:37
2013 New York Marathon 12th 2:13:05
2013 World Championships 1st 2:09:51
2013 London Marathon 6th 2:08:05
2013 Granollers Half Marathon 1st 61:15
2012 Olympic Games 1st 2:08:01
2012 Tokyo Marathon 3rd 2:07:50
2011 Enschede Marathon 1st 2:07:20