Boasting an outstanding resume on all surfaces, Florence Kiplagat is among the finest all-around female distance runners of her generation.
Born in Kapkitony, Florence first made her mark internationally by winning World U20 5000m silver in 2006 before the following year – aged just 20 – placing an impressive fifth in the senior race at the World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa.
She enjoyed an outstanding campaign in 2009, striking gold at the World Cross Country Championships in Jordan to defeat Linet Masai by three seconds and later that year set a Kenyan 10,000m record of 30:11.53 in Utrecht.
In 2010 she focused on road running, winning her debut half-marathon in 67:40 in Lille before securing gold – in only her second ever 21.1km outing – at the World Half-Marathon Championships in Nanning.
Since then Florence has gone on to develop a formidable reputation on the road. In 2011 she claimed victory in her first completed marathon in Berlin, recording an imperious 2:19:44.
Two years later she regained her Berlin Marathon crown in a time of 2:21:13 before in 2014 adding the world half-marathon record to her increasingly impressive CV, recording a blistering 65:12 in Barcelona.
On her return to the Catalan capital in 2015 she trimmed a further three seconds from her World Half Marathon record and en route – also posted 20km and 15km world record marks. Later that year she returned to the top of the marathon podium with victory in Chicago.
In 2016 she added further sheen to her outstanding marathon pedigree by retaining her Chicago Marathon title by an impressive victory margin of almost two minutes.
After a couple of low-key campaigns, Florence produced a welcome return to form in March to place fourth in the Tokyo Marathon in 2:21:50 – her quickest marathon mark for two-and-a-half years.
Did you Know?
Florence Kiplagat is the niece of former 2:06:50 marathon performer William Kiplagat.