Nicholas Kemboi (born 1983)

Nicholas Kemboi in Prague International Marathon in 2014

Nicholas Kemboi (born November 25, 1983 in Kericho) is an athlete from Qatar who specialises in long-distance running. Unlike many other Kenyan-born athletes, he kept his name when changing affiliation to the Middle Eastern country.

He is the fourth fastest man of all time at 10,000 meters, with a personal best of 26:30.03 set in 2003 at the young age of 20. He was the silver medallist in the event at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships.

He made a step up to the marathon distance in 2011, running a best of 2:08:01 hours at the Valencia Marathon. He was twelve minutes slower at the Istanbul Marathon in 2012, but earned his first victory in 2013 with a win at the Prague Marathon in 2:08:51 hours.[1]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2001 World Cross Country Championships Oostende, Belgium 4th Junior race
2002 World Cross Country Championships Dublin, Ireland 7th Junior race
2003 World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 7th 5000 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th 10,000 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany DNF 10,000 metres
Asian Championships Guangzhou, China 2nd 10,000 metres

Personal bestsEdit



  • 10 kilometres - 27:57 (2011)
  • 15 kilometres - 43:56 (2003)
  • Half marathon - 1:00:27 (2011)
  • Marathon – 2:08:01 (2011)



  1. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2013-05-12). Kemboi and Rotich claim good wins in Prague Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-05-13.
  2. ^ Nicholas Kemboi Athlete Profile. IAAF. Retrieved 2018-09-18.