Salim Kipsang

Salim Kipsang (born 22 December 1979) is a Kenyan long-distance runner, who specializes in the 10,000 metres and marathon.


Kipsang was born in 1979. Both he and his brother are runners. His brother Henry is married to the road runner Diana Sigei Chepkemoi.[1]

Kipsang won a silver medal over 10,000 m at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Annecy. Moving on to cross country running, he claimed victory at the 2000 edition of the Cross de Soria in Spain.[2] He competed in 10,000 m at the 2003 World Championships in Paris without finishing the race.

Among his first successes on the road was a win at the Grand Prix von Bern 10-miler in 2002. He won the Paris Marathon in 2005 with a time of 2:08:02.[3] Kipsang was the 2006 winner of the 20 van Alphen race. He finished third at the 2007 Berlin Marathon, setting a personal best of 2:07:29 hours,[4] and won the 2009 Tokyo Marathon.[5] He returned to Tokyo in both 2010 and 2011 but managed only ninth and eighth place, respectively.[6] He returned to the marathon podium in Japan at the inaugural edition of the Osaka Marathon in October 2011, placing third in a time of 2:14:18 hours.[7]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 2nd 10,000 m 29:36.80
2005 Paris Marathon Paris, France 1st Marathon 2:08:02
2007 Berlin Marathon Berlin, Germany 3rd Marathon 2:07:29
2009 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 1st Marathon 2:10:27


  1. Diana Sigei Chepkemoi, baa.rg, Retrieved 3 February 2016
  2. Soria course profile (Spanish). Real Federación Española de Atletismo. Retrieved on 2011-02-27.
  3. Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2005-04-12). Kipsang and Grigorieva pull off surprises in Paris Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-27.
  4. Salim Kipsang. World Marathon Majors (archived). Retrieved on 2011-02-27.
  5. International Herald Tribune , March 22, 2009: Tokyo Marathon Results
  6. Nakamura, Ken (2011-02-27). Mekonnen triumphs in Tokyo in 2:07:35. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-27.
  7. October 2011 AIMS Results. AIMS (October 2011). Retrieved on 2011-11-01.

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