Micah Kogo
Personal information
Born (1986-06-03) 3 June 1986 (age 35)
Burnt Forest, Uasin Gishu District, Kenya
Event(s)5000 metres
10,000 metres
10 km road race
Medal record
Representing  Kenya
Men's athletics
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing 10000 m

Micah Kemboi Kogo (born 3 June 1986 in Burnt Forest, Uasin Gishu District) is a Kenyan long-distance runner, who specialises in the 10,000 metres. He is the former world record holder in the 10 kilometres road race event with a time of 27:01. He made his first Olympic appearance in 2008, taking the 10,000 m bronze medal in Beijing. His 10000m best of 26.35 is 6th fastest of all time.

Early life

Born into a family of subsistence farmers, Kogo first began running when he was a young child as this was the only way he could attend primary school. He began competing at district level in Kewet, running in the 5000 and 10,000 metres events. When he began high school, he continued to race at these distances, reaching both finals at the national secondary school championships. At this point, coach Sammy Rono noticed Kogo's athletic ability and offered to train him. Kogo accepted and, following his graduation from high school, he competed in the Discovery meet in Eldoret, Kenya. They spent the majority of 2004 in training, preparing Kogo for forthcoming athletics seasons.[1]

International career

Beginnings in Europe

He made his first impression on the international circuit in 2005 competing at a number of road races: he won the L'Escalade 8 km run, the Corrida de Houilles 10 km run and the Auckland Castle 10 km event. He also took second place at La Provence 10 km and at a meeting in Dunkirk. On top of this he was successful in the national competitions, winning the Chepkoilel cross country events.[1]

He remained in winning form in the 2006 season, defending his title at the L'Escalade and Dunkirk cross country running events.[1] On 25 August 2006 at the Memorial Van Damme meeting he ran a personal best of 26:35.63 minutes, reaching the top ten fastest times in the event.[2] The next month he finished sixth in the 5000 metres race at the 2006 IAAF World Athletics Final. On 19 November 2006 he won the Zevenheuvelenloop in and around Nijmegen. Kogo finished in a time of 42:42 beating Abebe Dinkesa by a second, while Bernard Kipyego and Zersenay Tadese both finished two seconds behind Kogo.[3]

On 1 April 2007 he won the 10 km road race at the Parelloop in Brunssum (Netherlands) in 27:07. It was the third fastest time over 10 km ever.[4] On 20 May 2007 he won the BUPA Great Manchester Run in a time of 27:21.[5]

Olympic medal and world record

On 4 May 2008, he won the annual Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington, a 12 kilometres race, with a time of 33:51— a new course record. Greater success laid on the track: he was selected to represent Kenya internationally for the first time and ran in the 10,000 m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kogo was their best performer in the event, pipping Moses Masai to the Olympic bronze medal and winning his first major medal. He won another medal on the track at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final the following month, taking the 5000 m bronze.[6]

In March 2009, Kogo broke Haile Gebrselassie's world record at 10 km by clocking 27:01 at the Parelloop race in the Netherlands. He was quoted as saying, "After running 27:07 in 2007 I always had it in my mind to come back and try for the world record on this course."[7] He followed this up with a win at the Great Edinburgh Run, running a close race with defending champion Bernard Kipyego before taking the gold medal in 28:13.[8] He competed at the 2009 World Championships, finishing seventh in the 10,000 metres race. He closed his track season with a 5000 m silver medal behind Imane Merga at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final.

At the start of 2010 he won the Laredo 10 km race, but was second at the Paralloop, losing his title to Martin Mathathi. He competed at the London 10,000 in May but again took the runner-up position, this time to British runner Mo Farah.[9] Kogo's 10K world record was beaten by Leonard Komon in September 2010 and the Grand 10 Berlin race two weeks later presented Kogo with an opportunity to go head-to-head with him. The victory went to Komon and Kogo had to content himself with fourth place in 28:24 (over a minute behind his rival).[10]

Kogo took a third career victory at the Parelloop in April 2011.[11] Central Park's UAE Healthy Kidney 10K saw another match against Komon, but Kogo was second place behind him in the race.[12] He topped the podium at the Beach to Beacon 10K in August, although he missed the course record after making a fast start.[13] A personal best of 60:03 minutes for the half marathon came at the Great North Run, though he narrowly finished outside the top three.

He tried to make the Kenyan Olympic team for a second time in 2012, but managed only ninth in the trial race at the Prefontaine Classic. The highlights of his season came at the Peachtree Road Race (where he was runner-up in 27:39 minutes), then two strong performances on the British circuit, where he won the Great Birmingham Run and came runner-up by a second to Wilson Kipsang at the Great North Run, recording a personal best of 59:07 minutes.[14]

In 2013, Kogo made his marathon debut, finishing second at the Boston Marathon in 2:10:27. He improved his time to 2:06:56 when finishing fourth in Chicago.

Kogo came in first place in the 2013 Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. His time was 28 minutes, 3.2 seconds. This is his second win at the Beach to Beacon 10K. He also won the Falmouth Road Race in 2013.

Kogo is based at the PACE Sports Management training camp in Kaptagat.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
2006 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 5000 m
2007 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 5000 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 3rd 10000 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 5000 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 7th 10000 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 2nd 5000 m

Personal bests

Event Time Date Location
3000 metres 7:38.67 7 August 2007 Stockholm, Sweden
Two miles 8:20.88 23 August 2005 Linz, Austria
5000 metres 13:00.77 25 July 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
10000 metres 26:35.63 25 August 2006 Brussels, Belgium
(road race)
27:01 29 March 2009 Brunssum, Netherlands
(road race)
33:51 4 May 2008 Spokane, United States
(road race)
42:42 19 November 2006 Nijmegen, Netherlands


  1. ^ a b c James Wokabi and Mutwiri Mutuota (12 August 2008). Focus on Athletes – Micah Kogo. IAAF. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  2. ^ "10,000 Metres". Statistics – Top Lists. IAAF. 1996–2006. Archived from the original on 17 July 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2006.
  3. ^ 2006 Zevenheuvelenloop results Archived 11 July 2012 at archive.today. Nijmegen.internl.net. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Kogo just five seconds short of Gebrselassie's 10 km World record". IAAF. 1 April 2007. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  5. ^ Quick Results Archived 26 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine. GreatRun (20 May 2007). Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Kogo Micah". IAAF. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  7. ^ Ramsak, Bob (29 March 2009). "Kogo breaks World 10 km record in Brunssum". IAAF. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Kogo surges to Edinburgh victory". BBC Sport. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  9. ^ "Mo Farah sets new British 10,000m road record". BBC Sport. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Komon on fire – 27:12 in Berlin". IAAF. 10 October 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  11. ^ van Hemert, Wim (3 April 2011). "Kogo runs 27:15 on the roads in Brunssum". IAAF. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Komon smashes Central Park 10Km record". IAAF/NYRR. 14 May 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Kogo and Kiros cruise to 10Km wins in Cape Elizabeth". IAAF. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  14. ^ Wenig, Jörg (16 September 2012). "Dibaba and Kipsang take Great North Run victories – REPORT". IAAF. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  15. ^ Kogo Micah biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 4 May 2009.
Records Preceded by Haile Gebrselassie Men's 10 kilometres world record holder 29 March 2009 – 26 September 2010 Succeeded byLeonard Komon