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Bernard Kipyego
BERNARD KIPYEGO
Eldoret, Kenya
Bib #9

PRONUNCIATION: Ber-nard Kip-yeh-go

AGE: 25 (16Jul86)

PERSONAL BEST: 2:06:29 (Chicago, 2011)

WORLD MARATHON MAJORS:
09Oct11 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 3rd 2:06:29
26Sep10 real,-Berlin Marathon 6th 2:08:50

ADDITIONAL MARATHON HIGHLIGHTS:
10Apr11 Paris Marathon 2nd 2:07:16
11Apr10 Rotterdam Marathon 5th 2:07:01

CAREER NOTES:
Bernard Kipyego says, “Before I changed to the marathon, I had represented Kenya at junior-level international championships for both track and cross country. As a senior I have represented Kenya in cross country, road and track. I am only 25 and still have a future ahead of me.” Kipyego has indeed proven talent across all disciplines. Most notably he earned the bronze medal at the 2007 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the silver medal at the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. In 2009 he was 5th in the 10,000m at the IAAF Track and Field World Championships and was the winner of the Berlin Half Marathon in 59:34. In his four marathon showings, he has made the podium twice. Of his debut in Boston, Kipyego says, “I want to race the best athletes possible. I am preparing to be in top-shape and battle for victory. It will be a type of marathon I have never done before.”

PERSONAL NOTES:
Kipyego started running in 2002 and is coached by steeplechaser Patrick Sang. His training partners include William Kipsang, Emmanuel Mutai, Francis Kiprop and Richard Limo. He trains in Chirchircentre, near Kaptagat on trails at about 8,000 feet above sea level. Kipyego is married to Esily and has four children: Kelcin, Sandra, Donal and Brian.