Priscah Jepleting Cherono
Priscah Jepleting Cherono of Kenya at the 2012 World Half Marathon Championships in Kavarna, Bulgaria.jpg
Personal information
Born (1980-06-27) June 27, 1980 (age 41)
Medal record
Representing  Kenya
Women's athletics
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Osaka 5000 m
African Championships
Silver medal – second place 2004 Brazzaville 5000 m

Priscah Jepleting Cherono, née Ngetich (born 27 June 1980) is a Kenyan professional runner who specialises in the 5000 metres and cross-country running. She represented Kenya in the 5000 m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She is the Kenyan record holder over the two miles distance.

She has represented Kenya twice at the World Championships in Athletics, winning the bronze medal in the 5000 m in 2007. She was the silver medallist in the event at the 2004 African Championships in Athletics. She has run for her country at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships ten times between 1997 and 2011, helping Kenya to five team medals. She was the runner-up in the short race at the 2006 edition.


She started running while she went to Tamboiya Primary School and later attended Kapkenda Girls Secondary School.[1] She represented Kenya for the first time at the 1996 World Junior Championships in Athletics, coming eighth over 5000 metres.[2] At the 1997 IAAF World Cross Country Championships she won the junior silver medal and team title alongside winner Rose Kosgei.[3] She was eleventh in the junior race at the 1998 World Cross then improved to sixth in the 5000 m at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics.[4]

As a senior, she enjoyed most of her early success in the short race at the World Cross Country Championships. After a lowly senior debut of 78th place in 2000 she steadily improved, taking 18th in 2002, then 11th in 2003. At the 2005 edition her fourth-place finish helped the Kenyan women to the team silver medal. She won the individual silver in the short race at the 2006 World Cross Country Championships, leading the Kenyan team to second place behind Ethiopia.[4] She ran in Italy that year and won both the Cross della Vallagarina and Giro Media Blenio races.

Around the same period she began to make progress on the track. After winning the silver medal at the 2004 African Championships in Athletics, she ran for Kenya at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, coming seventh in her global senior 5000 m debut. She was also eighth over 3000 metres at the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Final. Cherono won her first world track medal at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, taking the bronze medal just behind her compatriot Vivian Cheruiyot. Two further bronzes came at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Final, where she reached the podium over both the 3000 m and 5000 m events.[4] She also ran a Kenyan record for the two miles run at the Memorial Van Damme with her time of 9:14.09 minutes, although she was beaten by Meseret Defar who set a world record.[5]

Cherono finished seventh in the senior races at both the 2007 and 2008 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, sharing in a team silver medal with Kenya on both occasions. She won the Itálica and Juan Muguerza cross country meets in 2008. She represented Kenya at the 2008 Summer Olympics, coming eleventh in the 5000 m final. Her season ended with a fifth-place finish over 5000 m at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final. She missed virtually all of 2009 and 2010 as she took time away from the sport to have her first child.[6]

She came third at the 2010 Lotto Cross Cup Brussels.[7] She ended the year at the BOclassic, where she finished in third place.[8] She defeated Priscah Jeptoo at the Discovery Kenya Cross Country in January 2011 and set her sights on making that year's national team for the world competition.[9] With a third-place finish at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships in February, she secured her return to the world event.[6] She was fifth at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, forming part of the winning Kenyan women's team.[10] She was selected for the Kenyan 10,000 m team for the first time for the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and she came fourth in an unprecedented Kenyan sweep of the top four positions.[11] The following month she won the Dam tot Damloop with a world-leading time of 51:57 minutes for the 10-mile distance.[12]

Her win-streak continued on to grass at the Cross de la Constitución, where she comfortably beat Frehiwat Goshu,[13] then at the Venta de Baños Cross.[14][15] Following a fever, she was runner-up to Nazret Weldu at the 2012 Cross Zornotza and she won the 80th Cinque Mulini and Trofeo Alasport races.[15][16][17] She missed out on a place in the 10,000 m for the 2012 Summer Olympics, but was selected for the 2012 African Championships in Athletics, where she was the silver medallist. She made a fast half marathon debut in September, recording 1:08:35 hours for third at the Lille Half Marathon,[18] but finished outside the top twenty at the 2012 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 8th 5000m 16:20.39
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 6th 5000 m 16:07.12
2003 World Cross Country Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 11th Short race (4.03 km) 13:04
2004 African Championships Brazzaville, Congo 2nd 5000 m 16:26.15
2005 World Cross Country Championships Saint-Galmier, France 4th Short race (4.196 km) 13:25
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 7th 5000 m 14:44.00
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 8th 3000 m 8:53.18
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 2nd Short race (4 km) 12:53
2nd Team 26 pts
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 9th 5000 m 16:13.06
2007 World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya 7th Senior race (8 km) 27:39
2nd Team 26 pts
World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 5000 m 14:59.21
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 5000 m 14:58.97
2008 World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, Scotland 7th Senior race (7.905 km) 25:36
Olympic Games Beijing, China 11th 5000 m 15:51.78
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 4th 10,000 m 30:56.43

Personal bests


  1. ^ "Jepleting spearheads women's 12km squad". The Standard. AllAfrica. 27 March 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2008.
  2. ^ Peters, Lionel; Magnusson, Tomas, WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WJC - 1996 Sydney AUS Aug 20-25, WORLD JUNIOR ATHLETICS HISTORY ("WJAH"), archived from the original on 31 October 2013, retrieved 13 June 2015
  3. ^ Jones, Sean-Wallace (1997). "Report for Junior races". IAAF. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
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  5. ^ Turner, Chris (14 September 2007). "Defar destroys World best in Brussels, Richards and Isinbayeva one step from $1 Million – IAAF Golden League". IAAF. Archived from the original on 3 June 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  6. ^ a b Mutuota, Mutwiri (19 February 2011). "Mutai and Masai take hard fought wins in Nairobi; reigning World champs Ebuya and Chebet won't defend". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  7. ^ Hendrix, Ivo (20 December 2009). "Lalli and Herzog triumph in wintry Brussels". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  8. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (1 January 2011). "Merga and Cheruiyot take dramatic victories in Bolzano". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  9. ^ Macharia, David (24 January 2011). "Jepleting and Kipsang take Discovery Kenya XC titles in Eldoret". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  10. ^ Johnson, Len (20 March 2011). "Cheruiyot wins race of champions – Women's Senior Race Report – Punta Umbria 2011". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  11. ^ Johnson, Len (27 August 2011). "Women's 10,000m Final – Cheruiyot leads Kenyan 1–2–3–4 (!) finish". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  12. ^ van Hemert, Wim (18 September 2011). "Komon sizzles 44:34 over 10 Miles in Zaandam". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  13. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (4 December 2011). "Kidane defeats Ebuya in Alcobendas". IAAF. Archived from the original on 7 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  14. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (18 December 2011). "Limo and Jepleting secure a Kenyan double in Venta de Baños". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  15. ^ a b Valiente, Emeterio (9 January 2012). "Ebuya dominates in Amorebieta XC". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  16. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (18 March 2012). "Kenyan sweep at Cinque Mulini". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  17. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (26 March 2012). "Kipkoech and Jepleting take close victories in Sardinia XC". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  18. ^ Ramsak, Bob; Juck, Alfons (2 September 2012). "Chebii clocks 59:05 course record in Lille Half Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 19 January 2013.