Wilson Kipketer

Wilson Kipketer when visiting the Olympic Youth Summer Games 2010 in Singapore

Wilson Kosgei Kipketer ( born December 12, 1972 in Kapsabet ) is a former Danish middle-distance runner of Kenyan origin, three consecutive times world champion in the 800 -meter run (1995 to 1999) and the indoor world records in the 800 meters and 1000 meters holds (as 2010). From 1997 to 2010 he also held the world record over 800 meters outdoors.


Kipketer is one of the best 800 - meter runner of all time. In 1990 he went to Denmark to study electrical engineering. He started at that time as a junior for Kenya ( Junior World Championships 1990: Fourth place ).

At World and European Championships Kipketer was henceforth one of the favorites. His first World Championship title he won over 800 m at the World Athletics Championships in Gothenburg in 1995. This track he was able in 1997 to successfully defend in Athens and 1999 in Seville.

At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta he could not attend because he did not yet have Danish citizenship and Kenya refused to let him participate. In 1997, he equaled the world record of Sebastian Coe ( 1:41,73 min) and even corrected him twice on first 1:41,24 min and later with the ASV meeting on 1:41:11 min in Cologne. In the years 1996 and 1997, he was beaten in any race, and he won 28 times in a row. He was then one of Europe's Athlete of the Year, voted Europe's Sportsman of the Year and Athlete of the Year in Denmark for World Athlete of the Year. Also in the Hall of Fame of the Danish Sports he is represented ( since 2008). 1998 threw him back a malaria disease.

At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney - now a Danish citizen - he came as a favorite, he had to then but surprisingly the German Nils Schumann beaten. Something similar happened to him at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where he won the bronze medal, although he was the favorite here. Thus, one of the standout 800 - meter runner has no Olympic victory.

On 17 August 2005 he was the end of his career known after he had been missing even at the World Athletics Championships in Helsinki in 2005. Originally, he wanted to end his career after the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg.

Kipketer ran the 800 meters during his career total of 22 times under 1:43 minutes. He is next to David Rudisha the only runner who remained under 1:42 minutes several times.

Wilson Kipketer has a competition weight of 62 kg at a height of 1.72 m.

Personal Best

  • 400 m - 46.85 s
  • 800 m - 1:41,11 min
  • 1000m - 2:16,29 min
  • 1500m - 3:42,80 min
  • 1 miles - 3:59,57 min