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Dennis Kipruto Kimetto

Dennis Kipruto Kimetto
Kimetto (right) at the 2012 Berlin Marathon
Personal information
Nationality Kenyan
Born (1984-01-22) 22 January 1984 [1]
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)[1]
Country Kenya
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Long-distance running

Dennis Kipruto Kimetto or Dennis Kipruto Koech (born 22 January 1984) is a Kenyan long distance runner who competes in road running events. He is the world record holder at the marathon and the 25 km road distance.


  • Career 1
  • Achievements 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Hailing from Eldoret and part of a training group including Geoffrey Mutai,[2] Kimetto's first major win came in the half marathon section of the Nairobi Marathon in 2011. Running as Dennis Koech, he topped the podium in a time of 61:30 minutes.[3] He quickly rose into the global running elite in his first outings outside of Kenya. At the RAK Half Marathon he defeated a field including Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich to win the race in 60:40 minutes.[2] His age was misreported as ten years younger, and his following run of 59:14 minutes to win the Berlin Half Marathon in April was briefly considered a world junior best.[4] An erroneous passport was the cause of both the age difference and the Koech misnomer, his surname actually being Kimetto. This was rectified in later competitions.[5][6]

With Kimetto's personal data corrected, he went on to break his first major record at the BIG 25 Berlin. His time of 71:18 minutes at that race knocked a sizeable margin off Sammy Kosgei's world record of 71:50.[7] After this he made the fastest marathon debut in history. Again running in Berlin, he ran alongside training partner Geoffrey Mutai for much of the 2012 Berlin Marathon. He recorded a time of 2:04:16, one second behind Mutai, to set the fifth fastest ever run at that point.[8] Some reporters observed that Kimetto stayed solidly behind the more prominent Mutai in the final section of the race and concluded that he allowed his partner to take the victory.[9]

Without his team mate present, Kimetto won the 2013 Tokyo Marathon with a new course record time of 2:06:50 hours.[10] On 13 October 2013 he won the Chicago Marathon in a course-record time of 2:03:45. On 28 September 2014, Kimetto broke the world record at the Berlin Marathon with 2:02:57 and became the first man to run under 2:03. His 5k splits were recorded as: 14:42, 14:42, 14:46, 14:26, 14:32, 14:30, 14:09, 14:42.[11]

Kimetto grew up in a rural farming community. "I think what really motivates me to be a fighter is the fact that I come from a humble background," Kimetto says. "I try to really make sure that I achieve my best so that I can assist my family." [12]


  • All results regarding marathon and half marathon
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Kenya
2011 Nairobi Half Marathon Nairobi, Kenya 1st 1:01:30
RAK Half Marathon Dubai, United Arab Emirates 1st 1:00:40
2012 Berlin Half Marathon Berlin, Germany 1st 59:14
BIG 25 Berlin Berlin, Germany 1st 1:11:18
Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 2nd 2:04:16
2013 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st 2:06:50
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st 2:03:45
2014 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 1st 2:02:57 (WR)
2015 London Marathon London, England 3rd 2:05:50


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ a b Hutchings, Tim (2012-02-17). Keitany wins but records blown off course in windy RAK Half Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-02.
  3. ^ October 2011: AIMS results. AIMS. Retrieved on 2013-02-02.
  4. ^ Martin, David (2012-04-01). Koech and Ongori prevail in heated battles in Berlin Half. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-02.
  5. ^ New name and new distance as Kenya’s Newcomer Dennis Kimetto goes for 25 k in Berlin. Berlin Run (2012-05-03). Retrieved on 2013-02-02.
  6. ^ Kavarna 2012: Facts and Figures. IAAF . Retrieved on 2013-02-02.
  7. ^ Kimetto breaks 25km World record in Berlin. IAAF (2012-05-06). Retrieved on 2013-02-02.
  8. ^ Butcher, Pat (2012-09-30). Close victory for Mutai but more straightforward for Kebede in Berlin - REPORT. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  9. ^ Tucker, Ross (2012-10-02). Geoffrey Mutai misses world record in an intriguing Berlin Marathon. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2013-01-31.
  10. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2013-02-24). Kimetto clocks course record 2:06:50 at Tokyo Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-02.
  11. ^ Douglas, Scott (2014-09-28) Dennis Kimetto's Marathon World Record By The Numbers. Retrieved on 2014-09-28.
  12. ^ Battaglia, Joe (2014-09-24) From poverty to podium. Retrieved on 2014-09-28.

External links

  • Dennis Kipruto Kimetto profile at IAAF
  • World Marathon Majors profile
Preceded by
Wilson Kipsang
Men's Marathon World Record Holder
28 September 2014 – present
Succeeded by
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