Gladys Cherono Kiprono

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Gladys Cherono
Gladys Cherono Hervis Half Marathon 2012.jpg
Hervis Prague Half Marathon 2012
Personal information
Full name Gladys Cherono Kiprono
Born (1983-05-12) 12 May 1983 (age 35)
Country Kenya
Sport Long-distance running
Event(s) Marathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Marathon: 2:18:11
  • Half Marathon: 1:06:07
  • 10000 m: 30:29.23
  • 5000 m: 14:47.12

Gladys Cherono Kiprono (born 12 May 1983) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in track and road running events. She became the first woman to win both the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres at the African Championships in 2012. She's in the top 10 list of fastest women of all time in both half marathon and marathon distances.


She started running in Spanish road races in 2004. She set a personal best of 71:19 minutes to win the 2005 Media Maratón Santa Pola and also won at the Granollers Half Marathon. She continued to compete at low level races and was runner-up at the 2007 Reims Half Marathon. She won that race the following year and improved her best at the Porto Half Marathon, running 70:43 minutes for third. She bettered that time at the 2009 Valladolid Half Marathon, taking the title with a run of 69:26 minutes, and was runner-up at the Porto race.[1] She made few competitive appearances over the following 18 months, but won the Zhuhai Half Marathon on her Asian debut in December 2011.[2]

Cherono broke into the elite ranks in 2012. She was third at both the RAK Half Marathon and the Prague Half Marathon, recording a best of 68:18 minutes at the latter race.[3] She also progressed on the track, taking the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres titles at the Kenya Defence Forces Championships.[4] She was chosen to run these events at the 2012 African Championships in Athletics and, in the absence of higher profile athletes, she became the first woman to win both distance races at the championships. Her run of 15:40.04 minutes for the 5000 m gold medal was a championship record.[5][6] She was not chosen to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics and instead went on to win at the Bogotá Half Marathon[7] and Tilburg 10K.

She won the Kenya Defence Forces Cross Country title at the start of 2013,[8] then ran a personal best of 1:06:48 to win the Prague Half Marathon[9] – a time which brought her into the top 10 fastest women half-marathoner of all time. She won the national trial event for the 10,000 m and went on to take the silver medal behind Tirunesh Dibaba.[10] She ended the year with runner-up finishes at the BOclassic and the Delhi Half Marathon.[11]

In September 2015, in her second time competing at the marathon distance, she won the Berlin Marathon in 2:19:25[12] (a personal best by 38 seconds), which as of 2017 makes her the 7th fastest women marathoner of all time.[13] Later in February 2016, Cherono finished the RAK Half Marathon in 1:06:07[14] (a personal best by 31 seconds), which as of 2017 makes her the 5th fastest women half-marathoner of all time.[15]


  1. ^ "Gladys Cherono". Tilastopaja. Retrieved 2015-10-28. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Gladys Cherono Kiprono". Posso Sports. Archived from the original on 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  3. ^ Butcher, Pat (31 March 2012). "Tsegay's 58:47 shatters course record in 'very windy' Prague |". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 3 Gladys CHERONO KEN 68:18. 
  4. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (12 May 2012). "Obiri polishes off opponents in Nairobi |". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2012. Retrieved 2015-10-28. she upstaged accomplished stars to secure the women 5000m and 10,000m titles. 
  5. ^ Watta, Evelyn (29 June 2012). "Milama wins first-ever sprint title for Gabon – African champs, Day 2 |". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2012. Retrieved 2015-10-28. Gladys Cherono grabbing the women’s 5000m gold in 15:40.04. 
  6. ^ Watta, Evelyn (1 July 2012). "Cherono takes 10,000m for second title in Porto-Novo – African champs, Day 4 |". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2012. Retrieved 2015-10-28. Cherono strongly sprinted to win only her second 10,000m race. 
  7. ^ "Kirui and Cherono dominate Bogotá Half Marathon |". IAAF. 30 July 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2015-10-28. Cherono grabbed the victory in the women’s race in a similar strategy. 
  8. ^ Mutuota, Mutwiri (19 January 2013). "Kipsang romps to Kenyan Police victory, Cherono takes Defence Forces title |". IAAF. Retrieved 2015-10-28. Gladys Cherono came out on top to bag her first ever Forces cross country title. 
  9. ^ Organizers (6 April 2013). "Cherono breaks course record in Prague as Tadese out-sprints team-mate |". IAAF. Retrieved 2015-10-28. Kenya's Gladys Cherono broke the course record with 1:06:48. 
  10. ^ Minshull, Phil (11 August 2013). "Report: Women's 10,000m final – Moscow 2013 |". IAAF. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  11. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (15 December 2013). "Tsegay breaks course record at Delhi Half Marathon |". IAAF. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 
  12. ^ Minshull, Phil (27 September 2015). "Kipchoge wins Berlin Marathon in 2:04:00, Cherono takes women's race in 2:19:25 |". IAAF. Retrieved 2017-01-05. Gladys Cherono almost stole the show from Kipchoge a little more than 15 minutes later when she won the women’s race in 2:19:25. 
  13. ^ "Marathon - women - senior - outdoor |". IAAF. Retrieved 2015-10-28. 7 2:19:25 Gladys Cherono KIPRONO. 
  14. ^ Minshull, Phil (12 February 2016). "Limo leads home a record six women under 67 minutes at the RAK Half Marathon| News |". IAAF. Retrieved 2017-01-05. with Cherono finishing second just three seconds in arrears in 1:06:07. 
  15. ^ "Half Marathon - women - senior - outdoor |". IAAF. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 5 1:06:07 Gladys Cherono KIPRONO. 

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