Today we pay tribute to
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich born on 15 March 1982 is a Kenyan athlete who specializes in long distance running, competing in events ranging from 10km to the marathon. He began competitive running for Kenya Police and finished second in the 10 kilometers. He became a professional international athlete in 2007 and that year he took second place at the Tilburg Ten Miles, recording a time of 46:27. He went ahead to take third place at the Kenyan Police Force championships the same year.
Kipsang is a two-time winner of the Frankfurt Marathon (2010 and 2011) and has won the London and Berlin Marathons. He is the former world recorder holder in the marathon with a time of 2:03:23, which he set at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.
At the World’s Best 10K, he finished third with a time of 28:09 behind Deriba Merga and Silas Kipruto. His peak of the year was in a half marathon race, the Delhi Half Marathon.
Kipsang started 2009 strongly, winning the Egmond Half Marathon. He had a good performance yet again when he took second place at the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon. His time of 58:59 made him only the fourth runner to have run below 59 minutes. He participated in the World 10K Bangalore in May 2009, and finished fourth.
In April 2010, he made his marathon debut in the Paris Marathon and finished third in a time of 2:07:13 hours, half a minute behind the winner. He won the Franfurt Marathon in October in a new course record of 2:04:57. This time made him the eighth fastest marathoner ever.
Kipsang won his third marathon at the 2011 Lake Biwa Marathon, defeating Deriba Merga in a record of 2:06:13. He returned to defend his title at the Frankfurt Marathon and set about attacking Patrick Makau’s five week old world record. He ended the race with the second fastest marathon time ever.
Kipsang began 2012 with a third place finish at the RAK Half Marathon. He won the London Marathon in April with a record of 2:04:44, just four seconds short of the course record set the previous year by Emmanuel Mutai. He won a bronze medal at the men’s marathon in London Olympic Games. One month after the Olympics, he travelled to Newcastle to win the Great North Run in 59:06.
He opened 2013 with a medal and took the title at the New York Half Marathon. He was among the favorites for the 213 London Marathon, but he managed only fifth place. He performed less at the Bogota Half Marathon, taking fifth place with 1:05:26 hours. On 29 September, he won the Berlin Marathon and set a new world record of 2:03:23, 15 seconds faster than the previous record by Patrick Makau.
On 13 April 2014, Kipsan won the 2014 London Marathon in a course record time of 2 hours 4 minutes and 29 seconds. On 2 November 2014, he won the New York City Marathon in 2:10:59 in his first appearance. At the 2026 Berlin Marathon, he ran the joint 4th fastest marathon tie ever 2:03:13, which was got him a second place behind winner Kenenisa Bekele in 2.03.03.