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22 December 1983




Two Miles

Viola Jelagat Kibiwot, born December 22, 1983 in Keiyo District,  specializes in the 1500m races.

Kibiwot won her first international medal as a junior runner at the 2000 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where she took a Bronze medal for Kenya. Consecutive world junior cross country titles followed at the 2001 and 2002 editions of the event, and she also claimed a Gold medal over 1500m at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Athletics.

When she became a senior runner, she struggled to match her junior success. She was outside of the top twenty in the senior short race at the 2003 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and again in 2005. She was seventh on the track at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, but appeared to make her breakthrough over 1500m at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics with a fifth place finish in a personal best time of 4:02.10 minutes in the final. She narrowly missed out on a medal at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Championships as she came fourth in the finals.

She competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but failed to build upon her progress on the global stage and did not advance beyond heats. At the 2009 World Championships she did not get past semi-finals stage. Kibiwot ran on the 2010 IAAF Diamond League circuit, but never made the top three in the event. She came seventh in the 1500m at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Kibiwot did not give up and she worked on focusing on getting to the top. She won her first senior continental medal at the 2011 African Cross Country Championships, taking a Silver Medal behind Mercy Cherono and helping Kenya to the team title.

She was eliminated in the semi-finals of the 1500m at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. She changed her focus to longer distances as a result and performed better on the world stage, taking sixth at the 2012 Olympic 5000m Final and fourth at the 2013 World Championships 500m final. At the 2013 World Cross Country Championships  she helped Kenya to the team title with her seventh place finish. An outing over four miles on the roads in October 2013 saw her run the world best for the distance, as she completed the 4 Mijl Van Groningen race in 19:20 minutes.

  Performance PlaceDate
Outdoor1500m 3:59.25 Paris Saint-Denis 06 JUL 2012
2000m 5:42.57Bruxelles04 SEP 2009
3000m 8:24.41 Doha 09 MAY 2014
Two Miles 9:13.48 Eugene, OR 31 MAY 2014
5000m 14:33.48Oslo (Bislett) 13 JUN 2013
Indoor1500m 4:13.97Valencia, ESP 14 FEB 2009
3000m 8:43.42 Stockholm (Globe Arena) 06 FEB 2014
  Rank MarkPlaceDate
1500m13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 7sf24:08.64 Daegu 30 AUG 2011
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 94:19.35Thessaloniki12 SEP 2009
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 8sf14:06.88Berlin21 AUG 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games 5h2 4:15.62Beijing (National Stadium)21 AUG 2008
5th IAAF World Athletics Final 44:06.00Stuttgart22 SEP 2007
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 54:02.10 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 02 SEP 2007
IAAF/Coca Cola World Junior Championships 14:12.57Kingston, JAM21 JUL 2002
3000m6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 109:04.20 Stuttgart 14 SEP 2008
5000m14th IAAF World Championships 415:01.67Moskva (Luzhniki) 17 AUG 2013
The XXX Olympic Games 615:11.59 London (OP)10 AUG 2012
Senior Race40th IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2013 724:46 Bydgoszcz (Myslecinek Park)24 MAR 2013
Junior Race30th IAAF/Sport Ireland World Cross Country Championships 120:13Dublin23 MAR 2002
IAAF World Cross Country Championships 122:05 Oostende24 MAR 2001
28th World Cross Country Championships 320:36Vilamoura 18 MAR 2000
Short Races33rd IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2314:10 Saint - Galmier20 MAR 2005
31st IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2213:28 Lausanne 30 MAR 2003