World Records Kenyan Athletes Have Broken Since 2018 After Agnes Ng'etich’s Latest Feat

World Records Kenyan Athletes Have Broken Since 2018 After Agnes Ng'etich’s Latest Feat

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at January 16, 2024 at 3:07 PM
  • Kenyan track and field athletes have broken many records over the years
  • Since 2018, Kenyan men and women athletes have continued to set the bar high
  • The latest Kenyan to break a world record is Agnes Ng'etich

It is not a secret that Kenyans dominated middle and long-distance athletics. They have done so in the last few decades and continue to produce world-beaters.

Agnes Ng'etich was the first Kenyan to smash a world record in 2024 when she broke the women's 10km world record in Valencia, Spain.

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Faith Kipyegon and Eliud Kipchoge are still in their prime. Photos by Stephen Pond, Tobias Schwarz, and Steph Chambers.
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In the last half a decade, Kenyan track and road athletes have obliterated world records for fun and could be eyeing more in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

So how many world records have Kenyans broken since 2018? Sports Brief takes a look.

2018 world records, Kipchoge, Kiptum

Abraham Kiptum - men's half marathon

Abraham Kiptum obliterated the men's half marathon in Valencia in October 2018. The Kenyan clocked 58:18 breaking the record previously held by Ethiopia's Zersenay Tadese. However, he was given a four-year doping ban in 2019, so his world record is not recorded on the World Athletics website.

Eliud Kipchoge marathon - Berlin Marathon

The two-time Olympic champion broke the marathon world record in Berlin, clocking 2:01:39, shattering the world record by 78 seconds. This was just a taste of things to come from the legendary marathoner.

Beatrice Chepkoech- 3000m steeplechase

Chepkoech broke the women's 3000m steeplechase world record at the Monaco Diamond League in 2018. Her world record still stands today.

2019 world records, Kosgei

Brigid Kosgei - Chicago Marathon

The Olympic medalist shattered Paula Radcliffe's 16-year-old women's marathon at the Chicago Marathon. She clocked 2:14:04. Her record stood until September 2023 when Ethiopia's Tigist Assefa broke it at the Berlin marathon.

In the same year, Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in under two hours in Vienna, but it was unofficial and therefore wasn't recognized by World Athletics.

2020 world records, Kipruto, Jepchirchir

2020 was a difficult year for sports. The Covid-19 pandemic ravaged almost every corner of the globe, shutting down sporting events. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics was also postponed because of the pandemic.

Rhonex Kipruto - 10km

Before the pandemic hit, Kipruto shattered the 10km world record, clocking 26:24, a record that still stands today.

Kibiwott Kandie - Men's half marathon

Kibiwott Kandie smashed the men's half marathon world record at the Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP Half Marathon in December when sporting events were just getting back. He clocked 57:32.

Peres Jepchirchir - Women-only half marathon

The top 10 women's half marathon records were set in the last few years, and Jepchirchir's record she set in Prague in September 2020.

2021 world records, Chepckoech, Chepng'etich

Beatrice Chepkoech - 5km

In February 2021, steeplechase specialist Chepkcoech clocked 14:43 to break the 5km world record in Monaco.

Ruth Chepng'etich - Half marathon record

Chepng'etich clocked 1:04:02 to win at the N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon in April 2021. Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey smashed her record later that year in Valencia.

2022 world records, Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge - Marathon

The biggest world records A Kenyan broke was the men's marathon record. Kipchoge broke his own world record he set in 2018. The double Olympic champion clocked 2:01:09, but his world record didn't last that long.

Kenyans didn't break many records in 2022, but 2023 turned out to be a historic year for the East Africans.

2023 world records, Kipyegon, Kiptum

2023 was Faith Kipyegon's year. She broke the 1500m, 5000m and the Mile world record in less than three months in the Diamond League. She topped that up with two gold medals at the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

Kelvin Kiptum also obliterated Kipchoge's marathon record and became the first man to run a marathon under 2:01 (2:00:35). Kiptum broke the record at the Chicago Marathon, and he is set for a showdown with Kipchoge at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

On December 31, 2023, Beatrice Chebet broke the 5km world record. The World Athletics Championships medalist finished at 14:13 in Barcelona, per Flotrack.

2024 world records, Agnes Ng'etich

Agnes Ng'etich became the first Kenyan in 2024 to break a world record. She clocked 28:46, becoming the first woman to run the mixed race under 29 minutes. Emmaculate Anyango finished behind Ng'etich in 28:57.

All stats courtesy of World Athletics.

Kelvin Kiptum wins award

Sports Brief earlier reported on Kelvin Kiptum winning the Men’s World Athlete of the Year award for out-of-stadia events.

Kiptum broke Eliud Kipchoge's marathon record in Chicago in October, and the two could face each other in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The 24-year-old has three of the top seven fastest marathons of all time. Mind you, he's only run in three marathons.

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Edwin Kiplagat
Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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