Eunice Jepkoech Sum (born 10 April 1988) is a Kenyan middle-distance runner. She was the world champion in the 800 metres in 2013. She is also a former African and Commonwealth Games champion in the same event.
Sum at the 2016 Olympics
|Born||10 April 1988 (age 31)|
Kesses, Uasin Gishu County, Kenya
|Height||170 cm (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||54 kg (119 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||800 m – 1:56.99 (2015)|
1500 – 4:01.54 (2014)
3000 m – 8:53.12 (2012)
Sum was born in the village of Kesses in Uasin Gishu County in the former Rift Valley Province and competed in the heptathlon and handball at school. She gave birth to a daughter Diana Jeruto in 2008 and only began a full-time athletics career in 2009 after being spotted competing in a heptathlon event by former 800 metres world champion Janeth Jepkosgei. At Jepkosgei's invitation, Sum moved to Eldoret to train with Jepkosgei's group.
She made her international championship début in the 800 metres at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics in Nairobi, but failed to make the final. In 2011, Sum set a personal best time of 1:59.66 in finishing second over 800 m at the Kenyan championships. This performance qualified Sum for the 800 m at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, where she reached the semi finals.
Sum won a silver medal – her first medal in international competition – in the 800 m at the 2012 African Championships in Athletics in Porto-Novo, Benin. She ran a personal best of 1:59.13 in the final, finishing two hundredths of a second behind Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba. Sum then competed in the 1500 m at the Olympics, but finished a disappointing 10th in her heat and failed to qualify for the semi finals.
Sum progressed to the highest ranks of international competition in 2013, reaching her first global final and defeating Olympic champion and home favourite Mariya Savinova to win a surprise 800 m gold in a personal best time of 1:57.38 at the world championships in Moscow. The Kenyan defeated Savinova again at the Weltklasse Zürich to add the 2013 IAAF Diamond League crown in 800 m to her world title. She won the 800 m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
|2010||African Championships||Nairobi, Kenya||9th (h)||800 m||2:08.71|
|2011||World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||13th (sf)||800 m||1:59.94|
|2012||African Championships||Porto Novo, Benin||2nd||800 m||1:59.13|
|Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||38th (h)||1500 m||4:16.95|
|2013||World Championships||Moscow, Russia||1st||800 m||1:57.38|
|2014||IAAF World Relays||Nassau, Bahamas||2nd||4 × 800 m relay||8:04.28|
|Commonwealth Games||Glasgow, United Kingdom||1st||800 m||2:00.31|
|African Championships||Marrakech, Morocco||1st||800 m||1:59.45|
|2015||World Championships||Beijing, China||3rd||800 m||1:58.18|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||19th (sf)||800 m||2:00.88|
|2018||African Championships||Asaba, Nigeria||9th (h)||800 m||2:03.38|
|2019||World Championships||Doha, Qatar||5th||800 m||1:59.71|
- Eunice Jepkoech Sum Archived 26 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. rio2016.com
- Eunice Jepkoech Sum. IAAF
- Sum rolls to Daegu under Jepkosgei's wing. Capital FM. 3 August 2011. (Retrieved on 2014-08-25).
- Sub two zero sum game. IAAF. 13 May 2014. (Retrieved on 2014-08-25).
- Watta, Evelyn. Burundian teen Niyonsaba takes dramatic 800m title as Nigeria top medal table in Porto Novo. IAAF. 2 July 2012. (Retrieved on 2014-08-25).
- Landells, Steve. Report: Women's 800m final – Moscow 2013. IAAF. 18 August 2013. (Retrieved on 2014-08-25).
- Whittington, Jessica. Diamond League titles decided in Zurich. Athletics Weekly. 29 August 2013. (Retrieved on 2014-08-25).
- "Glasgow 2014 - Eunice jepkoech Sum Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 July 2017.
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