Abraham Kiptum

Abraham Kiptum (born 5 September 1989) is a Kenyan long-distance runner and former half marathon world record holder. Kiptum set a new half marathon world record on 28 October 2018 in the Valencia Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain, with a finishing time of 58:18.[3] This record stood until 15 September 2019, when it was broken by Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor.[4]

Abraham Kiptum
2017 Amsterdam Marathon Abraham Kiptum.jpg
Abraham Kiptum running the Amsterdam Marathon in 2017
Personal information
Born (1989-09-15) 15 September 1989 (age 31)[1]
Nandi County, Kenya
Event(s)5000 metres, 10,000 metres, Half Marathon, Marathon
Coached byJoshua Kiprugut Kemei
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)10,000 metres: 27:44*[2]
10K run: 29:18[2]
Half marathon: 59:09[2]

Kiptum's debut in the marathon was the Rabat Marathon in 2015, where he placed third with a time of 2:11:36.[5]

In the inaugural Abu Dhabi Marathon on 7 December 2018, he finished as the runner-up with 2:04:16, 12 seconds behind the winner Marius Kipserem. He improved his PB from the 2017 Amsterdam Marathon by 70 seconds.[6]

On 26 April 2019 The Athletics Integrity Unit confirmed a Provisional Suspension against Kiptum for an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) violation under the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules. Kiptum was withdrawn from the 2019 London Marathon in consequence of the suspension.[7] On 11 November that year, a four year suspension, and expunging of results, was confirmed.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Abraham Kiptum was born in Chepketei Kosirai Village, Kenya as the third of four children. Kiptum went to Kosirai Primary School and Kipmokoch Secondary School. He is coached by Joshua Kiprugut Kemei.[9]

Competition recordEdit

Road runningEdit

Year Road Race Distance Location Rank Time
2016 Lagos City Marathon Marathon Lagos 1st 2:16:19
Casablanca Half Marathon Half Marathon Casablanca 1st 1:01:26
Madrid Half Marathon Half Marathon Madrid 1st 1:01:52
2017 Amsterdam Marathon Marathon Amsterdam 3rd 2:05:26
2018 Daegu Marathon Marathon Daegu 1st 2:06:29
Copenhagen Half Marathon Half Marathon Copenhagen 2nd 59:09
Valencia Half Marathon Half Marathon Valencia DQ[8] 58:18 WR
Abu Dhabi Marathon Marathon Abu Dhabi 2nd 2:04:16


  1. ^ "Abraham Kiptum". iaaf.org. International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Abraham KIPTUM - Athlete Profile". IAAF.
  3. ^ "IAAF: Abraham KIPTUM | Profile". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  4. ^ "Geoffrey Kamworor Smashes Half Marathon WR With 58:01". www.flotrack.org. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  5. ^ "Abraham Kiptum rewrote the general perception on how to prepare to run a world record - RunBlogRun". www.runblogrun.com. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  6. ^ "Kipserem clocks 2:04:04 at inaugural Abu Dhabi Marathon| News | iaaf.org". www.iaaf.org. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  7. ^ PROVISIONAL SUSPENSIONS IN FORCE, Athletics Integrity Unit
  8. ^ a b Abraham Kiptum: Kenyan runner gets four-year ban for anti-doping violation
  9. ^ "Q&A: Half Marathon WR Holder Abraham Kiptum Reveals His Workouts Before Running 58:18". www.letsrun.com. Retrieved November 12, 2018.