Brimin Kipruto

Brimin Kipruto at the Rio 2016 Olympics
Medal record
Representing  Kenya
Men’s athletics
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing 3000 m st.
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens 3000 m st.
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Osaka 3000 m st.
Silver medal – second place 2011 Daegu 3000 m st.
Bronze medal – third place 2005 Helsinki 3000 m st.
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Beijing 3000 m st.
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Delhi 3000 m st.

Brimin Kipruto (born 31 July 1985) is a Kenyan professional middle distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase. He was born in Korkitony, Keiyo District. He holds a personal best of 7:53.64 minutes which is the second fastest time ever run, and the African Record.[1] His personal best is only 0.01 of a second behind the world record of former county mate Saif Saaeed Shaheen, who switched national affiliation to Qatar after growing up as Stephen Cherono in the Keiyo District.

He won a silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics at the age of nineteen and improved to win the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics four years later. A World Championships bronze medallist in 2005, he took his first global title in the steeplechase with a win at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.


At the 2001 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Debrecen, Hungary he finished second in steeplechase. He graduated from Kipsoen Secondary School in 2003. The same year he competed at the African Junior Championships in Cameroon and took silver again. At the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics he competed in 1500 instead of steeplechase and finished third.

In 2004, having finished 2nd at the Kenyan Olympic trials, the young Kipruto won the silver medal in the 3000 m steeplechase at the 2004 Olympic Games. In the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki he won a bronze medal in the same event. He finished third again at the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Final. In 2006 he finished sixth at the World Athletics Final, repeating his place from 2004.

In 2007, he won the gold medal in the steeplechase at the World Championships, in Osaka. After qualifying to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kipruto finally won the gold medal at the same event. At the 2009 World Championships, the defending champion finished only seventh.

He took two wins on the 2010 IAAF Diamond League circuit, finishing in first place at the Athletissima and Meeting Areva, but it was Kenyan rival Paul Kipsiele Koech who went on to win the inaugural Diamond League trophy in the steeplechase. He entered the 2010 Commonwealth Games with the fastest mark of the year (8:00.90), but could only manage third place behind Richard Mateelong and Ezekiel Kemboi as part of a Kenyan medal sweep.[2]

He competed in the short race at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country and finished in third place behind Eliud Kipchoge and Asbel Kiprop.[3]

He lives in Korkitony and trains with the Global Sports group in Kaptagat near Eldoret under coaches Patrick Sang and Joseph Chelimo.

Personal best


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 2nd 2000 m steeple 5:36.81
2003 African Junior Championships Garoua, Cameroon 2nd 3000 m s'chase 8:46.74
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 3rd 1500m 3:35.96
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 3000 m s'chase 8:06.11
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th 3000 m s'chase 8:16.45
2005 World Cross Country Championships St Etienne, France 37th Short race (4.196 km) 12:26
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 3000 m s'chase 8:15.30
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 3000 m s'chase 8:09.20
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 18th Short race (4 km) 11:17
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th 3000 m s'chase 8:20.05
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 3000 m s'chase 8:13.82
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 3000 m s'chase 8:11.05
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 3000 m s'chase 8:10.34
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 9th 3000 m s'chase 8:29.11
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 7th 3000 m s'chase 8:12.61
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 6th 3000 m s'chase 8:16.44
2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain 5th 3000 m s'chase 8:23.03
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 3rd 3000 m s'chase 8:12.54
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th 3000 m s'chase 8:18.79
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 23rd (h) 3000 m s'chase 8:33.33


  1. ^ 3000 Metres Steeplechase All Time. IAAF (2010-09-07). Retrieved on 2011-01-09.
  2. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (2010-10-12). India sweeps women’s Discus Throw, Langat and Kipsiro complete doubles – Commonwealth Games Day Six Archived 2010-10-15 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-09.
  3. ^ Wenig, Jorg (2011-01-08). Kipchoge and Masai prevail in snowy Edinburgh. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-09.