Vivian Cheruiyot

Vivian Cheruiyot Kenya

Vivian Cheruiyot won the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon on a hot day in the British capital just a year after making her marathon debut there and a month after dropping out of the United Airlines NYC Half due to asthma.

Cheruiyot comes from a glittering career on the track that yielded four IAAF World Championships titles and Olympic medals of every color, not to mention a world cross country title and gold at the Commonwealth Games.

At the IAAF World Championships, she won gold in the 5000 meters in 2009 and 2011, as well as the 10,000 meters in 2011 and 2015. She has competed in four Olympics, capturing silver in the 5000 meters and bronze in the 10,000 meters at the London 2012 Games before winning gold in the 5000 meters one week after taking silver in the 10,000 meters at the Rio 2016 Games. Her time of 29:32.53 in the 10,000 meters was less than one second behind the previous world record and stands today as the third fastest in history.

Cheruiyot made an impressive 26.2-mile debut in London in 2017, placing fourth in 2:23:50, and went on to claim her first marathon victory when she won the Frankfurt Marathon that October in 2:23:35.

Nicknamed “Pocket Rocket,” Cheruiyot started running at school and made the national junior team in 1998 when she was just 15. She was educated at Sing’ore Girls’ High School, an institution famed for its athletics prowess. She is married to Moses Kiplagat, a former professional runner who is also her coach. They live in Kaptagat with their 5-year-old son, Allan, and both have business interests in real estate, farming, and transport.

  • Date of Birth Sep 11, 1983
  • Age 36
  • Gender Female
  • Country Kenya
  • Residence Eldoret, Kenya


Career Highlights

Year Event Time PLACE
2018 Virgin Money London Marathon 2:18:31 1st
2016 Rio Olympic Games 5,000m 14:26.17 1st
2016 Rio Olympic Games 10,000m 29:32.53 2nd
2015 IAAF World Championships 10,000m 31:41.31 1st
2011 IAAF World Championships 10,000m 30:48.98 1st

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