Rhonex Kipruto
Personal information
Born (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 21)
Event(s)Long-distance running

Rhonex Kipruto (born 12 October 1999) is a Kenyan long-distance runner. He is the 2018 10,000 metres world U20 champion[1][2] and the 2019 10,000 metres world championships bronze medalist.[3]

His 10 km road race personal best of 26:24, set January 12, 2020 in Valencia Spain, is the current world record for that event.


Rhonex Kipruto's parents are farmers. He grew up in Kombatich and his coach is Colm O'Connell.[4]


In 2017 Kipruto came in third at the 10k in Prague in a time of 27:13.[5]


On 10 February 2018 he placed second in the Kenyan National Cross Country Championships. The 8 km Junior Men run was won by Stanley Waithaka in 22:09.2 and Kipruto came in in 22:30.3.[6] The following month on 17 March, he participated in the African Cross Country Championships U20 race in Algeria. He won the 8 km run in 25:01, 5 seconds ahead of Stanley Waithaka.[7] Kipruto won the UAE Healthy Kidney 10k in Central Park, New York City, U.S. on 29 April 2018. Leonard Komon (10k world record holder) set the then course record with 27:35 in 2011. Kipruto finished in 27:08, the fastest 10k on a record eligible course on US soil. [8]

He went to the IAAF World U20 World Championships that took place from in Tampere, Finland from 10–15 July 2018. On 10 July 2018, he won the World U20 Championship title in the 10,000 m with a time of 27:21.08, a new championship record. Jacob Kiplimo of Uganda (The 2017 U20 cross country world champion) placed second 22 seconds behind, with a time of 27:40.36 and Berihu Aregawi of Ethiopia came in third with 27:48.41.[9][10]

On 8 September 2018, he ran in his third 10k race the second-fastest time for a 10 km road race (behind the world record of Leonard Komon, 26:44 from 2010) with his winning time of 26:46 in Prague.[11][12] Geoffrey Koech came in second in 27:18 and Mathew Kimeli finished ranked third in 27:26.


Kipruto won the IAAF Cross Country Permit in Elgoibar on 13. January in a time of 32:05 and Selemon Barega placed second in 32:27. Stanley Waithaka (Kenya) 32:54 finished third place.[13]

Kipruto placed 6th in the men's senior race at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships on 23 February 2019 in Eldoret. He finished 18 seconds behind Amos Kirui's winning time of 29:51 in the 10 km race.

He ran in the men's senior race at the 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championship in Aarhus, Denmark. Kipruto finished 6th in a time of 32:17 out of 144 starters. The run was won by Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) in 31:40 and Jacob Kiplimo placed second in 31:44.[14] However, Kipruto won the silver medal in the team ranking with Kenya behind Uganda and ahead of Ethiopia.[15]

On 4 July 2019, Kipruto won the Peachtree Road Race, in Atlanta, Georgia, with a time of 27:01, breaking the previous course record and setting the record for the fastest 10k time ever on American soil.[16] The Association of Road Racing Statisticians describes this race as "Acceptable for ranking, no record quality...".[17] The former course record was set in 1996 with a time of 27:04 by Joseph Kimani. Kipruto's brother Bravin Kiptoo placed second with a time of 27:29 and Kennedy Kimutai finished third place with 27:54.[18][19]

At the Kenyan National Championships on 21 August, Kipruto placed second in the 10,000 m in a time of 27:26.34. The race was won by Geoffrey Kamworor in a time of 27:24.76.[20]

2019 IAAF World Championhips in Doha, Qatar

On 6th Oct 2019 Kipruto raced the 10,000 m. The winner was Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) in 26:48.36, the runner up was Yomif Kejelcha (Ethiopia) in 26:49.34. Kipruto took the bronze medal in 26:50.32.[21]


On 12 January 2020 Kipruto set a 10km road race world record in Valencia with a time of 26:24. The former world record had been set by Joshua Cheptegei in Valencia on 1 December 2019 with 26:38.[22] In the world record race Benard Kimeli (Kenya) came in second after Kipruto with 27:12 and Julien Wanders of Switzerland finished third place in 27:13, a new European record. Kipruto covered the first half in 13:18 and the second one in 13:06. Wanders improved on his own European record by 12 seconds.[23]


Outdoor Personal best
Distance Time Date Location Venue
3000 m 7:48.08 19 May 2018 Cambridge, MA, USA
10,000 m 26:50.16 30 May 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
2000 m steeplechase 5:44.8 17 June 2015 Nairobi, Kenya
10 km (road) 26:24 12 January 2020 Valencia, Spain

Information taken from IAAF profile.[24][25]


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  3. ^ "Cheptegai holt 10.000-m-Gold für Uganda: Nachrichten und aktuelle News aus Holzminden und dem Weserbergland". www.tah.de. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
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  7. ^ "Clasificaciones de AFRICA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 – Sportmaniacs". sportmaniacs.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Rhonex Kipruto Breaks U.S. All-Comers 10K Record in 27:08 at Healthy Kidney".
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  12. ^ "Kipruto threatens world 10 km record at Prague Grand Prix". IAAF. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Kipruto and Obiri dominate in Elgoibar| News". worldathletics.org. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Senior Race Result | IAAF World Cross Country Championships Aarhus 2019 | iaaf.org". www.iaaf.org. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Senior Race Team Standings | IAAF World Cross Country Championships Aarhus 2019 | iaaf.org". www.iaaf.org. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Kenyan Rhonex Kipruto wins AJC Peachtree Road Race".
  17. ^ "ARRS – Race: Peachtree Road Race". more.arrs.run. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  18. ^ "AJC Peachtree Road Race". www.athlinks.com. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  19. ^ Weekly, Race Results (4 July 2019). "With a $50,000 Bonus on the Line, Course Records Fall at 50th Peachtree Road Race". Runner's World. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Kenias Langstreckler bereit für Showdown mit Äthiopiern bei der WM". Mainova Frankfurt Marathon (in German). 21 August 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Cheptegai holt 10.000-m-Gold für Uganda: Nachrichten und aktuelle News aus Holzminden und dem Weserbergland". www.tah.de. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  22. ^ "Joshua Cheptegei breaks 10km road world record in Valencia". BBC Sport. 1 December 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  23. ^ race-news -service.com (13 January 2020). "10K Valencia Trinidad Alfonso 2020: Rhonex Kipruto läuft in Valencia 10-km-Weltrekord". runnersworld.de (in German). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
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  25. ^ "Rhonex Kipruto (26:50) Crushes Everyone in Stockholm 10,000 As Paul Chelimo Misses Worlds Standard". LetsRun.com. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.