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Ruth Chepng'etich (born 8 August 1994) is a Kenyan road racing athlete, who competes in marathon and long distance track events. Ruth is related to Rosefline Chepngetich. Ruth's time is No. 3 all-time behind world record holder Paula Radcliffe 2:15:25 and 2:17:01 (women only world record holder) Mary Jepkosgei Keitany.

Ruth Chepngetich
Personal information
Full nameRuth Chepng'etich
Born (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 25)
Rift Valley Province, Kenya
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight48 kg (106 lb)
Event(s)10,000 metres,
Half marathon
Turned pro2016
Achievements and titles
National finalsAthletics Kenya
Updated on 28 September 2019.

She is the 2019 Marathon World Champion.


Ruth Chepngetich won the road race in 2:18:35 the women's race at the 2018 Istanbul Marathon.[1] At the 40th Istanbul Marathon (IAAF Gold Label Road Race) Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich ran 2:18:35 (31:59 – 10 km, 48:15 – 15 km, 1:08:22 – Half Marathon, 1:37:42 – 30 km), and her time was a race record and best performance ever on Turkish soil, but especially the seventh best time in history, becoming the 10th athlete of all time to go below 2:19 and 30th under 2:20.[2]

At the 20th Dubai Marathon (2019) Kenya's Ruth Chepng'etich celebrates winning at Dubai Marathon in a course record breaking time of 2 hours, 17 minutes and 07 seconds.[3]

Ruth Chepng'etich ran the 20th fastest half marathon of all-time at 2019 Bahrain Night Half Marathon in a time of 66:09 (1:06:09).

Ruth Chepngetich ran the 12th fastest half marathon of all-time at 2019 Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon in a time of 65:30 (1:05:30).

On 28 September 2019, she won the world title during the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, clocking 2:32.43 after a start at midnight. The silver medal went to Rose Chelimo with 2:33:46 (Bahrain) and bronze to Helalia Johannes (age 39) with 2:34:15. Chepngetich's time is the slowest world championship winning time so far. The second slowest happened in 2007 with Catherine Ndereba winning in 2:30.37 in Osaka. Only 40 out of 68 starters finished the race in Doha.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
10 km
2018 Memorial Samuel Wanjiru 10 km Nyahururu, Kenya 2nd 10 km 33:09
Marathons Representing   Kenya
2017 Istanbul Marathon Istanbul, Turkey 1st Marathon 2:22:36
2018 Paris Marathon Paris, France 2nd Marathon 2:22:59
Istanbul Marathon Istanbul, Turkey 1st Marathon 2:18:35 CR[5]
2019 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon Dubai, United Arab Emirates 1st Marathon 2:17:08
Half Marathons Representing Nike
2016 Rabat Half Marathon Rabat, Morocco 4th Half Marathon 1:11:33
Nairobi Half Marathon Nairobi, Kenya 2nd Half Marathon 1:14:13
2017 Adana Half Marathon Adana, Turkey 1st Half Marathon 1:09:06
Paris Half Marathon Paris, France 1st Half Marathon 1:08:08
Milano Half Marathon Milano, Italy 1st Half Marathon 1:07:42
Istanbul Half Marathon Istanbul, Turkey 1st Half Marathon 1:06:19
Bogotá Half Marathon Bogotá, Colombia 3rd Half Marathon 1:13:57
Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon Lisbon, Portugal 4th Half Marathon 1:10:33
2018 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Valencia, Spain 13th Half Marathon 1:09:12
Portugal Half Marathon Lisbon, Portugal 5th Half Marathon 1:07:02
2019 Bahrain Night Half Marathon Manama, Bahrain 2nd Half Marathon 1:06:09
Vodafone Istanbul Half Marathon Istanbul, Turkey 1st Half Marathon 1:05:30
Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon Gifu, Japan 1st Half Marathon 1:06:06
Media Maraton de Bogota Half Marathon Bogotá, Colombia 1st Half Marathon 1:10:39

Personal bestsEdit

Distance Performance Location Date Notes
5,000 m 15:17 Istanbul 4 April 2017
10,000 m 31:08 Istanbul 4 April 2017
Half marathon 1:05:30 Istanbul, Turkey 7 April 2019
Marathon 2:17:08 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 25 January 2019


  1. ^ "Ruth Chepngetich's amazing run at the 2018 Vodafome Istanbul Marathon". Run Blog Run. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ "2018 Istanbul Marathon". Podisti – Roberto Annoscia. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Ruth Chepngetich shatters Dubai Marathon course record". Daily Nation. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Leichtathletik-WM: Chepngetich gewinnt langsamsten WM-Marathon - 28 Läuferinnen müssen aufgeben". Spiegel Online. 28 September 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Ruth Chepngetich Smashes Istanbul Marathon Record with 2:18:35". Watch Athletics. 11 November 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2019.

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