Augustine Kiprono Choge

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Augustine Kiprono Choge (born 21 January 1987) is a Kenyan middle distance and long distance runner.

Augustine Kiprono Choge
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Augustine Choge
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Kenya
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2012 Istanbul 3000 m
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Portland 3000 m
World Indoor Tour
Winner 2016 3000 m
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Grosseto 5000 m
World Youth Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Sherbrooke 3000 m
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Melbourne 5000 m
World Cross Country Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Saint-Galmier Junior race

He won world youth and junior titles on the track in 2003 and 2004, eventually going on to set a world junior record for the 3000 metres in 2005. In his final year as a junior he won the World Cross Country Junior title.

He claimed the 5000 metres gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, but began to focus more on the 1500 metres from then on. He reached the 1500 m finals at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. Choge broke the long-standing 4×1500 metres relay world record with a Kenyan team of runners in September 2009.


Choge was born in 1987 to a family of small-scale farmers at Kipsigak, near Kapsabet in the Nandi District of Rift Valley Province, Kenya.[1]

He won national secondary schools 10,000 metres in 2002. At the 2003 IAAF World Cross Country Championships he finished fourth in the Junior race and won gold medal as a part of the junior team. He competed at the 2003 East African Youth Championships in May in Addis Ababa and won three gold medals, in 800, 1500 and 3000 metres. At the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics he won the 3000 metres race. He holds the 3000 metres world junior record set in May 2005 in Doha,[2] the previous record (7:30.67) was held by Kenenisa Bekele, set in 2001.[3]

Choge graduated from Kabikwen Secondary School in 2004. At the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics he won 5000 metres race. At the 2004 IAAF World Athletics Final he was third in 5000 metres. At the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships he won the junior race and junior team race. At the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Final he finished third in 3000 metres.[1]

On 20 March 2006, he won the men's 5000 metres event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games with a time of 12 minutes, 56.41 seconds.[4] This is the current Commonwealth Games record.

Augustine Choge competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and finished tenth in the 1500 m final. He came fifth over 1500 m on his debut at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in August. In 2009 he was part of the Kenyan team that set a new the 4 x 1500 metres relay world record, 14:36.23 minutes. Other members of the team were William Biwott Tanui, Gideon Gathimba and Geoffrey Rono. The previous record in this rarely competed event was set by West Germany in 1977, making it the oldest world record when it was broken.[5]

He ran the fastest qualifying time in the 3000 m at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, but failed to repeat his form in the final and finished in eleventh place.[6] He took his first win of the 2010 IAAF Diamond League in the 1500 m at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix and ended the year as second in the Diamond rankings behind Asbel Kiprop. The start of the 2011 season saw him move up to the fourth fastest runner of all-time over the 3000 m indoors, running a time of 7:28.00 minutes while event winner Yenew Alamirew became the world's third fastest man.[7]

In October 2019, Choge joined the pacemaker team for the Ineos 1:59 Challenge to help fellow Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge run a sub-two hour marathon distance.[8]

Choge is managed by James Templeton and coached by Colm O'Connell.[9]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Kenya
2003 World Cross Country Championships Lausanne, Switzerland 4th Junior race (7.92 km) 22:55
World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 1st 3000 m 7:52.53
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 1st 5000 m 13:28.93
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 5000 m 13:09.00
2005 World Cross Country Championships St Etienne, France 1st Junior race (8 km) 23:59
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 3000 m 7:39.99
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 7th Short race (4 km) 11:03
1st Team 21 pts
Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 1st 5000 m 12:56.41
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 1500 m 3:33.37
2008 World Cross Country Championships Edinburgh, Scotland 12th Long race (12 km) 35:26
Olympic Games Beijing, China 9th 1500 m 3:35.50
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th 1500 m 3:36.53
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 3rd 1500 m 3:35.46
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 11th 3000 m 7:53.42
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd 3000 m 7:41.77

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time Venue Date
800 metres 1:44.86 Ostrava, Czech Republic 17 June 2009
1000 metres (indoor) 2:17.79 Prague, Czech Republic 26 February 2009
1500 metres 3:29.47 Berlin, Germany 14 June 2009
1500 metres (indoor) 3:33.23 Birmingham, England 19 February 2011
2000 metres (indoor) 4:56.30 Aubière, France 9 February 2007
One mile 3:50.14 London, England 14 August 2010
3000 metres 7:28.76 Doha, Qatar 6 May 2011
3000 metres (indoor) 7:28.00 Stuttgart, Germany 5 February 2011
5000 metres 12:53.66 Rome, Italy 8 July 2005
10,000 metres 29:06.5 Nairobi, Kenya 17 June 2002
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


  1. ^ a b Manners, John (2005-03-14). Focus on Athletes - Augustine Choge Archived October 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  2. ^ IAAF World Junior records Archived October 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ IAAF, November 17, 2009: World Records ratified Archived October 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ IAAF, September 4, 2009: Oldest World record goes down in Brussels as Kenya dominates 4x1500 - ÅF Golden League Archived October 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ 2010 World Indoor Championships - Men's 3000 m final Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  7. ^ Gordon, Ed (2011-02-06). Oliver, Alamirew post scintillating marks in Stuttgart Archived April 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  8. ^ INEOS. "Augustine Choge". Retrieved 2019-09-16.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Running the Show Archived January 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Sydney Morning Herald June 16, 2012. Retrieved on 2012-06-23.

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