Micah Kogo

Micah Kogo

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Micah Kogo
Event 5000 metres
10,000 metres
10 km road race
Height 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight 132 lbs (60 kg)
Nationality Kenyan
Born June 3, 1986 (1986-06-03) (age 29) at Burnt Forest, Uasin Gishu District, Kenya
Agent PACE Sports Management

Micah Kemboi Kogo (1986–) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in the 10,000 metres. He is the current world record holder in the 10 kilometres road race event with a time of 27 minutes and one second. He made his first Olympic appearance in 2008, taking the 10,000 m bronze medal in Beijing.


Early life

Born into a family of subsistence farmers, Kogo first began running when he was a young child as this was the only way he could attend primary school. He began competing at district level in Kewet, running in the 5000 and 10,000 metres events. When he began high school, he continued to race at these distances, reaching both finals at the national secondary school championships. At this point, coach Sammy Rono noticed Kogo's athletic ability and offered to train him. Kogo accepted and, following his graduation from high school, he competed in the Discovery meet in Eldoret, Kenya. They spent the majority of 2004 in training, preparing Kogo for forthcoming athletics seasons.[1]

International career

He made his first impression on the international circuit in 2005 competing at a number of road races: he won the L'Escalade 8 km run, the Corrida de Houilles 10 km run and the Auckland Castle 10 km event. He also took second place at La Provence 10 km and at a meeting in Dunkirk. On top of this he was successful in the national competitions, winning the Chepkoilel cross country events.[1]

He remained in winning form in the 2006 season, defending his title at the L'Escalade and Dunkirk cross country running events.[1] On 25 August 2006 at the Memorial Van Damme meeting he ran a personal best of 26:35.63 minutes, reaching the top ten fastest times in the event.[2] The next month he finished sixth in the 5000 metres race at the 2006 IAAF World Athletics Final. On 19 November 2006 he won the Zevenheuvelenloop in and around Nijmegen. Kogo finished in a time of 42:42 beating Abebe Dinkessa by a second, while Bernard Kipyego and Zersenay Tadese both finished two seconds behind Kogo.[3]

On April 1, 2007 he won the 10 km road race at the Parelloop in Brunssum (Netherlands) in 27:07. It was the third fastest time over 10 km ever.[4] On 20 May 2007 he won the BUPA Great Manchester Run in a time of 27:21.[5] On 4 May 2008, he won the Annual Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington, a 12 kilometres race, with a time of 33:51— a new course record.

On March 29, 2009, Kogo broke Haile Gebrselassie's world record at 10 km by clocking 27:01 at the Parelloop race in the Netherlands. He was quoted as saying, "After running 27:07 in 2007 I always had it in my mind to come back and try for the world record on this course." [6] He followed this up with a win at the Edinburgh Run, running a close race with defending champion Bernard Kipyego before taking the gold in 28:13.[7] He competed at the 2009 World Championships, finishing 7th in the 10,000 metres race.

He is based at the PACE Sports Management training camp in Kaptagat.

Career highlights

Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
2006 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3th 5000 m
2007 World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 5000 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 3rd 10000 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 5000 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 7th 10000 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 2nd 5000 m

Personal bests

Event Time Date Location
3000 metres 7:38.67 7 August 2007 Stockholm, Sweden
Two miles 8:20.88 23 August 2005 Linz, Austria
5000 metres 13:00.77 25 July 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
10000 metres 26:35.63 25 August 2006 Brussels, Belgium
10 kilometres 27:01 WR 29 March 2009 Brunssum, Netherlands
15 kilometres 42:42 19 November 2006 Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.[8]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Wokabi and Mutwiri Mutuota (2008-08-12). Focus on Athletes - Micah Kogo. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-04.
  2. 10,000 Metres. Statistics - Top Lists. IAAF (1996-2006). Retrieved on 2006-08-26.
  3. 2006 Zevenheuvelenloop results. Nijmegen.internl.net. Retrieved on 2009-05-04.
  4. Kogo just five seconds short of Gebrselassie’s 10 km World record. IAAF (2007-04-01). Retrieved on 2009-05-04.
  5. Quick Results. GreatRun (2007-05-20). Retrieved on 2009-05-04.
  6. Ramsak, Bob (2009-03-29). Kogo breaks World 10 km record in Brunssum. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-04.
  7. Kogo surges to Edinburgh victory. BBC Sport (2009-05-03). Retrieved on 2009-05-04.
  8. Kogo Micah biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-04.