Vivian Cheruiyot
Vivian Cheruiyot Rio 2016.jpg
Cheruiyot at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameVivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot[1]
Born (1983-09-11) 11 September 1983 (age 38)[2]
Keiyo, Rift Valley, Kenya[1]
Height5 ft 2+12 in (1.59 m)[1]
Weight89 lb (40 kg)[1]
Country Kenya
SportTrack and field
Event(s)marathon, half marathon, 10,000 metres, 5000 metres
Achievements and titles
World finals2007
5000 m,  Silver
5000 m,  Gold
10,000 m,  Gold
5000 m,  Gold
10,000 m,  Gold
Olympic finals2000
5000 m, 14th
5000 m, 4th
10,000 m,  Bronze
5000 m,  Silver
10,000 m,  Silver
5000 m,  Gold
Personal best(s)5000 m: 14:20.87[3] (Stockholm 2011)
10,000 m: 29:32.53[4] NR (Rio de Janeiro 2016)
Marathon: 2:18:31[5](London 2018)

Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot (born 11 September 1983) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specialises in track and cross country running. She represented Kenya at the Summer Olympics in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2016, winning a silver medal at the 5000 m and bronze medal at the 10000 m at the 2012 Olympics, silver medal at the 10000 m and gold medal at the 5000 m at the 2016 Olympics, setting the new Olympic record in 5000 m event. Cheruiyot won a silver medal in the 5000 metres at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and became the world champion in the event at the 2009 edition, repeating this achievement at the 2011 World Championships, where she also won the 10000 m.

After taking a silver at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, she won a number of outdoor titles that year, becoming African champion, Commonwealth Games champion and IAAF Continental Cup champion, as well as winning the 2010 IAAF Diamond League title.

She holds the Kenyan record and Commonwealth record for the 10,000 m with her best time of 29:32.53, which was set at the Rio Olympics in 2016.


Cheruiyot is trained by Ricky Simms.[6] She was born near Keiyo in the Rift Valley Province, coming from the same village as another female runner Alice Timbilili.[7]

Her breakthrough year came in 1999: at the age of fifteen she took the junior silver medal at the 1999 IAAF World Cross Country Championships behind Werknesh Kidane. At the 1999 World Youth Championships in Athletics she won the bronze medal in the 3000 metres. She earned a senior call-up for the 1999 All-Africa Games, where she managed a bronze medal in the 5000 metres. She became the junior champion at the 2000 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She gained selection for the 2000 Olympic Games and reached the 5000 m final after setting personal bests in the qualifying rounds. She was much slower in the final and was the last runner to finish.[8]

Vivian Cheruiyot won the silver medal at the 5000 m final of the 2007 World Championships at Osaka in 14:58.50, behind Meseret Defar (14:57.91).[9]

In early 2009 she broke the Kenyan 3000 metres indoor record (8:30.53) in Birmingham and won the World's Best 10K race in Puerto Rico.[10] In May she won the Great Manchester Run 10K race. Cheruiyot won the women's 5000 m at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin with a time of 14 minutes 58.33 seconds, while countrywoman Sylvia Kibet took the silver. She closed the track season with a 3000 m silver and a 5000 m bronze medal at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final. She won the 2009 New Year's Eve San Silvestre Vallecana race.[11]

She retained her World's Best 10K title in 2010.[12] An appearance at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships resulted in a silver medal in the 3000 m behind Meseret Defar. She headed the Kenyan 5000 m challenge at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics in Nairobi and beat Defar on this occasion to take the African title.[13] After this, her main focus of the year was the 2010 IAAF Diamond League. She took victories in the 5000 m at the Meeting Areva and Memorial van Damme and was elected the inaugural Diamond League Trophy winner for the event on overall points.[14] She defeated Sentayehu Ejigu at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup to take the 5000 m gold medal for Africa.[15] Another gold medal in the event came at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where she headed a Kenyan podium sweep with Sylvia Kibet and Ines Chenonge.[16] She returned to Kenya to train and took an 8 km win at the Tuskys Cross Country meeting.[17] She ended the year on a high note with a win at the BOclassic 5K race on New Year's Eve.[18]

Cheruiyot began preparing for the World Cross Country Championships in January 2011 and came third at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country before overhauling Linet Masai to win the Cross de Itálica in Seville.[19][20] A second-place finish at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships guaranteed her a place in the Kenyan squad and, in contrast to her successes on the track, she was looking to win her first cross country medal on the world stage.[21] Her rival Masai led the initial charge at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, but Cheruiyot broke away on the final lap to secure the gold medal and lead Kenya to the women's team title.[22]

She started 2012 with a win at the World's Best 10K and improved her best on the roads to 30:47 minutes.[23] She opened the 2012 Diamond League circuit with narrow wins ahead of Meseret Defar, first in the 3000 m in Doha then over 5000 m in Rome.[24] She guaranteed her place at the Olympics by winning the 10,000 m trial in Nairobi in June.[25] At the Olympics, she won a silver medal in the 5000 metres and a bronze medal at the 10000 metres.[26]

In 2018, she won the 2018 London Marathon with a time of 2:18:31.[citation needed]

She finished second in the 2018 New York City Marathon, finishing in 2:26:02 far behind winner Mary Keitany in 2:22:48, and 20 seconds ahead of Shalane Flanagan who finished in 2:26:22.[27]

Personal bests

Cheruiyot at the 2011 World Championships
Cheruiyot at the 2011 World Championships
Cheruiyot in 2006
Cheruiyot in 2006
Event Time (m:s) Venue Date
1500 m 4:06.65 Doha, Qatar 11 May 2007
3000 m 8:28.66 Stuttgart, Germany 23 September 2007
5000 m 14:20.87 Stockholm, Sweden 29 July 2011
10000 m 29:32.53 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 12 August 2016
10 km (road) 30:47 San Juan, Puerto Rico 26 February 2012
Marathon 2:18:31 London, Great Britain 22 April 2018


Vivian Cheruiyot celebrates as she wins the Olympic 5000 metres
Vivian Cheruiyot celebrates as she wins the Olympic 5000 metres
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
1998 World XC Championships Marrakech, Morocco 5th Junior race (6 km) 19:47
1999 World XC Championships Belfast, Northern Ireland 2nd Junior race (6.124 km) 21:37
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 3rd 5000 m 15:42.79
World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 3rd 3000 m 9:04.42
2000 World XC Championships Vilamoura, Portugal 1st Junior race (6.29 km) 20:34
2001 World XC Championships Ostend, Belgium 4th Junior race (5.9 km) 20:22
African Junior Championships Réduit, Mauritius 1st 5000 m 16:19.54
2002 World XC Championships Dublin, Ireland 3rd Junior race (5.962 km) 20:22
World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 3rd 5000 m 15:56.04
2004 World XC Championships Brussels, Belgium 8th Short race (4 km) 13:23
2006 World XC Championships Fukuoka, Japan 8th Short race (4 km) 13:10
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 3000 m 8:38.86
2007 World XC Championships Mombasa, Kenya 8th Long race (8 km) 28:10
World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd 5000 m 14:58.50
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 3000 m 8:28.66 PB
1st 5000 m 14:56.94
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 4th 5000 m 15:46.32
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 3000 m 8:44.64
2nd 5000 m 14:54.60
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 5000 m 14:57.97
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 2nd 3000 m 8:30.61
3rd 5000 m 15:26.21
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 3000 m 8:51.85
African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 1st 5000 m 16:18.73
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 1st 5000 m 16:05.74
Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 1st 5000 m 15:55.12
2011 World Cross Country Championships Punta Umbría, Spain 1st Senior race (8 km) 24:58
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 5000 m 14:55.36
1st 10,000 m 30:48.98
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 2nd 5000 m 15:04.73
3rd 10,000 m 30:30.44
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 1st 10,000 m 31:41.31
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 5000 m 14:26.17 OR
2nd 10,000 m 29:32.53 NR

Marathon competition record

Competition Rank Time Location Date
Vitoria Marathon 1st 2:41:09 Vitoria, Spain 13 April 2003
London Marathon 4th 2:23:50 London, Great Britain 23 April 2017
Frankfurt Marathon 1st 2:23:35 Frankfurt, Germany 29 October 2017
London Marathon 1st 2:18:31 London, Great Britain 22 April 2018
New York City Marathon 2nd 2:26:02 New York, United States 4 November 2018
London Marathon 2nd 2:20:14 London, Great Britain 28 April 2019
Valencia Marathon 4th 2:18:52 Valencia, Spain 1 December 2019


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Awards Preceded byBlanka Vlašić Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year 2011 Succeeded byValerie Adams Preceded byLindsey Vonn Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year 2011 Succeeded byJessica Ennis Sporting positions Preceded byMeseret Defar Women's 3000 m Best Year Performance 2008 Succeeded byMeseret Defar Preceded byTirunesh Dibabaand Meseret Defar Women's 5000 m Best Year Performance 2010–2012(shared with Meseret Defar) Succeeded byTirunesh Dibaba