Peninah Jerop Arusei of Kenya at the 2012 World Half Marathon Championships in Kavarna, Bulgaria
Peninah Jerop Arusei of Kenya at the 2012 World Half Marathon Championships in Kavarna, Bulgaria

Peninah Arusei Jerop (born 1 January 1979 in Uasin Gishu) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialises in road running competitions, especially the half marathon. She has represented Kenya at the Olympics, having competed in the 10,000 metres race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Arusei has won races on the European road circuit, including the Dam tot Damloop, Berlin Half Marathon and Lisbon Half Marathon.


Arusei (centre left) at the 2009 Dam tot Damloop.
Arusei (centre left) at the 2009 Dam tot Damloop.

She won the Baringo 15 km Road Race in 2007, finishing in a time of 50:52.[1] She represented Kenya at the 2007 Military World Games and won the 5000 metres gold medal, helping Kenyan top the athletics medal table.[2]

She finished eighteenth in the 10,000 metres at the 2008 Olympic Games. Arusei competed at the 2008 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships finishing fifth and won silver as part of the Kenyan team. She was victorious at the Berlin Half Marathon, Berlin 25K, and the Dam tot Damloop road races that year, setting a 15 km personal best in the latter competition.

She won the 2009 Berlin 25K race setting a new course record and 25 Kilometres African record of 1:22:31 hours, erasing Catherine Ndereba's previous mark.[3] Her African and course records did not last past the following edition, which was won in 2010 by another Kenyan, Mary Keitany, in a new world record time (1:19:53).[4]

She began 2010 with a win at the Lisbon Half Marathon, finishing with a time of 1:08:38.[5] She improved her personal best at the Lille Half Marathon in September, running 1:07:48, but she was beaten to the finish line by débutante Florence Kiplagat.[6] Arusei was selected for the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships as a result and she gained the bronze medal, forming the winning Kenyan team with Kiplagat and Joyce Chepkirui.[7] Her 2011 season stated at the Paris Half Marathon and set a course record time to win the race.[8] Making her debut over the distance, she led at the Vienna City Marathon for the first 30 km. However, she slowed in the heat and ended up in third place with a time of 2:27:17 hours.[9] At the Amsterdam Marathon, she was among the mid-race leaders but yet again fell behind in the second half, ending the race in sixth place.[10]

She returned to the Lisbon Half Marathon in 2012 and finished fourth on that occasion.[11]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 18th 10,000 m
World Half Marathon Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th Half marathon Individual
2nd Half marathon Team
2009 World Half Marathon Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 19th Half marathon Individual
2010 World Half Marathon Championships Nanning, China 3rd Half marathon Individual
1st Half marathon Team

Road running performances

Personal bests


  1. ^ Macharia, David (2007-11-10). Kigen runs 56:14 for 20km in Kabarnet. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-22.
  2. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2007-10-18). World 1500m bronze medallist Korir takes unexpected defeat – World Military Games, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  3. ^, May 10, 2009:
  4. ^ IAAF, May 9, 2010: Kosgei, Keitany shatter 25Km World records in Berlin - Updated
  5. ^ Fernandes, Antonio Manuel (2010-03-21). Scorching 58:23 World Half Marathon record by Tadese in Lisbon! - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-22.
  6. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2010-09-06). Fast Half Marathon debut for F. Kiplagat in Lille. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-07.
  7. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2010-10-16). Kiplagat kicks to gold - Women’s Race – Nanning 2010. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  8. ^ Monti, David (2011-03-06). Course Record for Arusei in Paris Half Marathon. All-Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-04-16.
  9. ^ Kiprotich and Tola the surprise winners in Vienna, Gebrselassie cruises 1:00:18 in the Half Marathon. IAAF (2011-04-17). Retrieved on 2011-04-18.
  10. ^ van Hemert, Wim (2011-10-16). Chebet sizzles sub-2:06, course record for Gelana in Amsterdam. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-19.
  11. ^ Fernandes, Antonio Manuel (2012-03-25). Tadese collects third consecutive win in Lisbon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-26.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Main Contenders Archived 2012-02-16 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ IAAF, April 5, 2009: Kimugul and Kebede take Stramilano Half Marathon titles
  14. ^ IAAF: September 20, 2009: Masai siblings win fast 25th ‘Dam tot Dam’ 10 Miles