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Vincent Kipruto Now Statistically One of the Fastest Marathoners Ever

by: Ken Nakamura
April 10, 2011

After 2:05:33 in Rotterdam, Vincent Kipruto is, statistically
speaking, one of the best marathon runners in the world.

1)  His top 5 average,  2:06:11, is fourth fastest behind Haile
Gebrselassie, Tsegaye Kebede and Sam Wanjiru.

2)  He now has three sub-2:06 marathons and thus tied with Wanjiru
Tsegaye Kebede and Khannouchi for second highest number of
    of sub-2:06 behind Haile Gebrselassie, who has five.

Stats below. Previous Article from Ken Nakamura: Rotterdam Marathon The Fastest? Rotterdam Now Has The Top 10 Fastest Average Times

Editor's Note: Despite Kipruto's consistency he's only won one marathon, Paris in 2009 in 2:05:47

Number of Sub-2:0X marathons 

Runners with multiple Sub-2:05

Name Number 1 2 3
Haile Gebrselassie 3 2:03:59 2:04:26 2:04:53
 

Runners with multiple Sub-2:06

Name Number 1 2 3 4 5
Haile Gebrselassie 5 2:03:59 2:04:26 2:04:53 2:05:29 2:05:56
Samuel Wanjiru 3 2:05:10 2:05:24 2:05:41    
Tsegaye Kebede 3 2:05:18 2:05:19 2:05:20    
Khalid Khannouchi 3 2:05:38 2:05:42 2:05:56    
Vincent Kipruto 3 2:05:13 2:05:33 2:05:47    
James Kwambai 2 2:04:27 2:05:36      
Patrick Makau 2 2:04:48 2:05:08      
Paul Tergat 2 2:04:55 2:05:48      
Geoffrey Mutai 2 2:04:55 2:05:10      
 

Runners with multiple Sub-2:07

Name No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Haile Gebrselassie 10 2:03:59 2:04:26 2:04:53 2:05:29 2:05:56 2:06:08 2:06:09 2:06:20 2:06:35 2:06:52
Samuel Wanjiru 6 2:05:10 2:05:24 2:05:41 2:06:24 2:06:32 2:06:39        
Tsegaye Kebede 6 2:05:18 2:05:19 2:05:20 2:06:10 2:06:40 2:06:43        
Felix Limo 4 2:06:14 2:06:39 2:06:42 2:06:44            
Emmanuel Mutai 4 2:06:15 2:06:23 2:06:29 2:06:53            
Vincent Kipruto 4 2:05:13 2:05:33 2:05:47 2:06:08            
Patrick Makau 3 2:04:48 2:05:08 2:06:14              
Paul Tergat 3 2:04:55 2:05:48 2:06:18              
Sammy Korir 3 2:04:56 2:06:38 2:06:48              
Abel Kirui 3 2:05:04 2:06:51 2:06:54              
Khalid Khannouchi 3 2:05:38 2:05:42 2:05:56              
Evans Rutto 3 2:05:50 2:06:16 2:06:18              
James Kwambai 2 2:04:27 2:05:36                
Geoffrey Mutai 2 2:04:55 2:05:10                
Martin Lel 2 2:05:15 2:06:41                
Bazu Worku 2 2:05:25 2:06:15                
Jaoud Gharib 2 2:05:27 2:06:55                
Abderrahim Goumri 2 2:05:30 2:06:04                
William Kipsang 2 2:05:49 2:06:39                
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot 2 2:05:52 2:06:23                
Gilbert Kirwa 2 2:06:14 2:06:59                
Tadese Tola 2 2:06:31 2:06:41                
Deriba Merga 2 2:06:38 2:06:50                
Josephat Kiprono 2 2:06:44 2:06:50                
Abdelkader El Mouaziz 2 2:06:46 2:06:52                
 

Runners with multiple Sub-2:08 (list those with at least 4)

Name No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Haile Gebrselassie 10 2:03:59 2:04:26 2:04:53 2:05:29 2:05:56 2:06:08 2:06:09 2:06:20 2:06:35 2:06:52
Jaoud Gharib 7 2:05:27 2:06:55 2:07:02 2:07:16 2:07:19 2:07:49 2:07:54      
Khalid Khannouchi 7 2:05:38 2:05:42 2:05:56 2:07:01 2:07:04 2:07:10 2:07:19      
Samuel Wanjiru 6 2:05:10 2:05:24 2:05:41 2:06:24 2:06:32 2:06:39        
Tsegaye Kebede 6 2:05:18 2:05:19 2:05:20 2:06:10 2:06:40 2:06:43        
Felix Limo 6 2:06:14 2:06:39 2:06:42 2:06:44 2:07:02 2:07:47        
Josphat Kiprono 6 2:06:44 2:06:50 2:07:06 2:07:27 2:07:29 2:07:53        
Emmanuel Mutai 5 2:06:15 2:06:23 2:06:29 2:06:53 2:07:48          
Daniel Njenga 5 2:06:16 2:07:14 2:07:40 2:07:41 2:07:44          
Abdelkader El Mouaziz 5 2:06:46 2:06:52 2:07:11 2:07:33 2:07:57          
Paul Tergat 4 2:04:55 2:05:48 2:06:18 2:07:59            
Geoffrey Mutai 4 2:04:55 2:05:10 2:07:01 2:07:50            
Sammy Korir 4 2:04:56 2:06:38 2:06:48 2:07:32            
Abel Kirui 4 2:05:04 2:06:51 2:06:54 2:07:38            
Martin Lel 4 2:05:15 2:06:41 2:07:26 2:07:41            
Evans Rutto 4 2:05:50 2:06:16 2:06:18 2:07:28            
Toshinari Takaoka 4 2:06:16 2:07:41 2:07:50 2:07:59            
Gert Thys 4 2:06:33 2:07:06 2:07:45 207:52            
Paul Kirui 4 2:06:44 2:07:12 2:07:35 2:07:52            
William Kiplagat 4 2:06:50 2:07:05 2:07:42 2:07:51            
Julio Rey 4 2:06:52 2:07:27 2:07:38 2:07:46            
Stefano Baldini 4 2:07:22 2:07:29 2:07:56 2:07:57            
Vincent Kipruto 4 2:05:13 2:05:27 2:05:47 2:06:08            
 
 

Runners with multiple Sub-2:09 (list those with at least 7)

Name No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Sammy Korir 11 2:04:56 2:06:38 2:06:48 2:07:32 2:08:01 2:08:02 2:08:10 2:08:13 2:08:14 2:08:24 2:08:27
Haile Gebrselassie 10 2:03:59 2:04:26 2:04:53 2:05:29 2:05:56 2:06:08 2:06:09 2:06:20 2:06:35 2:06:52  
Jaoud Gharib 10 2:05:27 2:06:55 2:07:02 2:07:16 2:07:19 2:07:49 2:07:54 2:08:24 2:08:31 2:08:45  
Khalid Khannouchi 9 2:05:38 2:05:42 2:05:56 2:07:01 2:07:04 2:07:10 2:07:19 2:08:36 2:08:44    
Tsegaye Kebede 8 2:05:18 2:05:19 2:05:20 2:06:10 2:06:40 2:06:43 2:08:16 2:08:35      
Abdelkader El Mouaziz 8 2:06:46 2:06:52 2:07:11 2:07:33 2:07:57 2:08:03 2:08:07 2:08:15      
Paul Tergat 7 2:04:55 2:05:48 2:06:18 2:07:59 2:08:06 2:08:15 2:08:56        
Antonio Pinto 7 2:06:36 2:07:55 2:08:13 2:08:31 2:08:38 2:08:48 2:08:57        
Josphat Kiprono 7 2:06:44 2:06:50 2:07:06 2:07:27 2:07:29 2:07:53 2:08:27        
Abdelkader El Mouaziz 7 2:06:46 2:06:52 2:07:11 2:07:33 2:07:57 2:08:03 2:08:07        

Fastest Marathon Runners:  

Men:  

Fastest marathon runners based on the average of their top five performances  

Haile Gebrselassie

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:03:59 Berlin 1 28 Sept 2008
2 2:04:26 Berlin 1 30 Sept 2007
3 2:04:53 Dubai 1 18 Jan 2008
4 2:05:29 Dubai 1 16 Jan 2009
5 2:05:56 Berlin 1 24 Sept 2006
Average 2:04:57      
 

Tsegaye Kebede

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:18 Fukuoka 1 6 Dec 2009
2 2:05:19 London 1 25 Apr 2010
3 2:05:20 London 2 26 Apr 2009
4 2:06:10 Fukuoka 1 7 Dec 2008
5 2:06:40 Paris 1 6 Apr 2008
Average 2:05:45      
 

Samuel Wanjiru

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:10 London 1 26 Apr 2009
2 2:05:24 London 2 13 Apr 2008
3 2:05:41 Chicago 1 11 Oct 2009
4 2:06:24 Chicago 1 10 Oct 2010
5 2:06:32 OG – Beijing 1 24 Aug 2008
Average 2:05:50      
 

Vincent Kipruto

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:13 Rotterdam 3rd 11 Apr 2010
2 2:05:33 Paris 2nd 10 Apr 2010
3 2:05:47 Paris 1st 5 Apr 2009
4 2:06:08 Chicago 3rd 11 Oct 2009
5 2:08:16 Reims 3rd 19 Oct 2008
Average 2:06:11      
 

Khalid Khannouchi

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:38 London 1 14 Apr 2002
2 2:05:42 Chicago 1 24 Oct 1999
3 2:05:56 Chicago 1 13 Oct 2002
4 2:07:01 Chicago 1 22 Oct 2000
5 2:07:04 London 4 23 Apr 2006
Average 2:06:16      
 

Paul Tergat

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:04:55 Berlin 1 28 Sept 2003
2 2:05:48 London 2 14 Apr 2002
3 2:06:18 Chicago 4 13 Oct 2002
4 2:07:59 London 4 13 Apr 2003
5 2:08:06 London 6 22 Apr 2007
Average 2:06:37      
 

Felix Limo

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:06:14 Rotterdam 1 4 Apr 2004
2 2:06:39 London 1 23 Apr 2006
3 2:06:42 Amsterdam 2 19 Oct 2003
4 2:06:44 Berlin 1 26 Sept 2004
5 2:07:02 Chicago 1 9 Oct 2005
Average 2:06:40      
 

Emmanuel Mutai  

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:06:15 London 4 13 Apr 2008
2 2:06:23 London 2 25 Apr 2010
  2:06:29 Amsterdam 1st 21 Oct 2007
3 2:06:53 London 4 26 Apr 2009
  2:07:48 WC –Berlin 2nd 22 Aug 2009
Average 2:06:46      
 
 

Sammy Korir

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:04:56 Berlin 2 28 Sept 2003
2 2:06:38 Rotterdam 1 9 Apr 2006
3 2:06:48 London 2 18 Apr 2004
4 2:07:32 Seoul 1 16 Mar 2008
5 2:08:01 Dubai 3 18 Jan 2008
Average 2:06:47      
 

Jaouad Gharib 

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:27 London 3 26 Apr 2009
2 2:06:55 London 3 25 Apr 2010
3 2:07:02 London 3 18 Apr 2004
4 2:07:16 Beijing (OG) 2 24 Aug 2008
5 2:07:19 Fukuoka 3 3 Dec 2006
Average 2:06:48      
 

Evans Rutto

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:50 Chicago 1 12 Oct 2003
2 2:06:16 Chicago 1 10 Oct 2004
3 2:06:18 London 1 18 Apr 2004
4 2:07:28 Chicago 4 9 Oct 2005
5 2:09:35 London 10 23 Apr 2006
Average 2:07:05      
 

Josphat Kiprono 

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:06:44 Berlin 1 26 Sept 1999
2 2:06:50 Rotterdam 1 22 Apr 2001
3 2:07:06 Amsterdam 2 21 Oct 2001
4 2:07:27 Berlin 2 20 Sept 1998
5 2:07:29 Chicago 2 22 Oct 2000
Average 2:07:07      
 

Martin Lel

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:15 London 1 13 Apr 2008
2 2:06:41 London 2 23 Apr 2006
3 2:07:26 London 1 17 Apr 2005
4 2:07:41 London 1 22 Apr 2007
5 2:09:04 New York 1 4 Nov 2007
Average 2:07:13      
 
 

Fastest marathon runners based on the average of their top three performances since 2008 

Haile Gebrselassie

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:03:59 Berlin 1 28 Sept 2008
2 2:04:53 Dubai 1 18 Jan 2008
3 2:05:29 Dubai 1 16 Jan 2009
Average 2:04:47      
 

Tsegaye Kebede

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:18 Fukuoka 1 6 Dec 2009
2 2:05:19 London 1 25 Apr 2010
3 2:05:20 London 2 26 Apr 2009
Average 2:05:19      
 

Patrick Makau

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:04:48 Rotterdam 1st 11 Apr 2010
2 2:05:08 Berlin 1st 26 Sept 2010
3 2:06:14 Rotterdam 4th 5 Apr 2009
Average 2:05:23      
 

Samuel Wanjiru

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:10 London 1 26 Apr 2009
2 2:05:24 London 2 13 Apr 2008
3 2:05:41 Chicago 1 11 Oct 2009
Average 2:05:25      
 

Vincent Kipruto

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:13 Rotterdam 3rd 11 Apr 2010
2 2:05:33 Paris 2nd 10 Apr 2010
3 2:05:47 Paris 1st 5 Apr 2009
Average 2:05:31      
 

Geoffrey Mutai

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:04:55 Rotterdam 2nd 11 Apr 2010
2 2:05:10 Berlin 2nd 26 Sept 2010
3 2:07:01 Eindhoven 1st 11 Oct 2009
Average 2:05:42      
 

Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:04:57 Frankfurt 1st 31 Oct 2010
2 2:06:13 Otsu (Lake Biwa) 1st 6 Mar 2011
3 2:07:13 Paris 3rd 11 Apr 2010
Average 2:06:08      
 

Emmanuel Mutai  

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:06:15 London 4 13 Apr 2008
2 2:06:23 London 2 25 Apr 2010
3 2:06:53 London 4 26 Apr 2009
Average 2:06:30      
 

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot 

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:52 Boston 1st 19 Apr 2010
2 2:06:23 Frankfurt 2nd 25 Oct 2009
3 2:07:21 Frankurt 1st 26 Oct 2008
Average 2:06:32      
 

Abel Kirui

        Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:04 Rotterdam 3rd 5 Apr 2009
2 2:06:54 WC – Berlin 1st 22 Aug 2009
3 2:07:38 Wien 1st 27 Apr 2008
Average 2:06:32      
 

Jaouad Gharib 

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:27 London 3 26 Apr 2009
2 2:06:55 London 3 25 Apr 2010
3 2:07:16 Beijing (OG) 2 24 Aug 2008
Average 2:06:33      
 

Abderrahim Goumri

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:05:30 London 3 13 Apr 2008
2 2:06:04 Chicago 2 11 Oct 2009
3 2:08:25 London 6 26 Apr 2009
Average 2:06:40      
 

Duncan Kibet 

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:04:27 Rotterdam 1st 5 Apr 2009
2 2:07:53 Milano 1st 23 Nov 2008
3 2:08:33 Wien 2nd 27 Apr 2008
Average 2:06:58      
 

Gilbert Kirwa

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:06:14 Frankfurt 1st 25 Oct 2009
2 2:06:59 Seoul 2nd 21 Mar 2010
3 2:08:21 Wien 1st 19 Apr 2009
Average 2:07:11      
 

Yemane Adhane Tsegay

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:06:30 Paris 4th 5 Apr 2009
2 2:07:11 Praha 2nd 9 May 2010
3 2:07:52 Berlin 4th 26 Sept 2010
Average 2:07:11      
 
 

Women:  

Fastest marathon runners based on the average of top five performances

Paula Radcliffe

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:15:25 London 1 13 Apr 2003
2 2:17:18 Chicago 1 13 Oct 2002
3 2:17:42 London 1 17 Apr 2005
4 2:18:56 London 1 14 Apr 2002
5 2:20:57 Helsinki (WC) 1 14 Aug 2005
Average 2:18:04      
 

Catherine Ndereba

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:18:47 Chicago 1 7 Oct 2001
2 2:19:26 Chicago 2 13 Oct 2002
3 2:19:55 London 2 13 Apr 2003
4 2:21:12 Boston 2 15 Apr 2002
5 2:21:33 Chicago 1 22 Oct 2000
Average 2:20:11      
 

Zhou Chunxiu

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:19:51 Seoul 1 12 Mar 2006
2 2:20:38 London 1 21 Apr 2007
3 2:21:11 Beijing 2 16 Oct 2005
4 2:23:24 Seoul 1 13 Mar 2005
5 2:23:28 Xiamen 1 27 Mar 2004
Average 2:21:42      
 

Naoko Takahashi

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:19:46 Berlin 1 30 Sept 2001
2 2:21:47 Bangkok (Asian G) 1 6 Dec 1998
3 2:21:49 Berlin 1 29 Sept 2002
4 2:22:19 Nagoya 1 12 Mar 2000
5 2:23:14 Sydney (OG) 1 24 Sept 2000
Average 2:21:47      
 

Tegla Loroupe

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:20:43 Berlin 1 26 Sept 1999
2 2:20:47 Rotterdam 1 19 Apr 1998
3 2:22:07 Rotterdam 1 20 Apr 1997
4 2:22:48 Rotterdam 1 18 Apr 1999
5 2:23:46 Osaka 2 31 Jan 1999
Average 2:22:02      
 

Sun Yingjie

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:19:39 Beijing 1 19 Oct 2003
2 2:21:01 Beijing 1 16 Oct 2005
3 2:21:21 Beijing 2 20 Oct 2002
4 2:24:11 Beijing 1 17 Oct 2004
5 2:25:33 Tianjin 1 19 Apr 2003
Average 2:22:21      
 

Mizuki Noguchi

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:19:12 Berlin 1 25 Sept 2005
2 2:21:18 Osaka 1 26 Jan 2003
3 2:21:37 Tokyo 1 18 Nov 2007
4 2:24:14 Saint-Denis (WC) 2 31 Aug 2003
5 2:25:35 Nagoya 1 10 Mar 2002
Average 2:22:23      
 

Yoko Shibui

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:19:41 Berlin 1st 26 Sept 2004
2 2:21:22 Chicago 3rd 13 Oct 2002
3 2:23:11 Osaka 1st 28 Jan 2001
4 2:23:42 Osaka 1st 25 Jan 2009
5 2:23:58 Nagoya 2nd 12 Mar 2006
Average 2:22:23      
 

Gete Wami

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:21:34 Berlin 1 24 Sept 2006
2 2:21:45 London 2 21 Apr 2007
3 2:22:20 Amsterdam 1 20 Oct 2002
4 2:23:17 Berlin 1 30 Sept 2007
5 2:23:32 New York 2 4 Nov 2007
Average 2:22:30      
 

Constantina Tomescu

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:21:30 Chicago 2 9 Oct 2005
2 2:22:50 London 2 17 Apr 2005
3 2:23:19 Helsinki (WC) 3 14 Aug 2005
4 2:23:35 Chicago 2 12 Oct 2003
5 2:23:43 London 6 13 Apr 2003
Average 2:22:59      

 

Fastest marathon runners based on the average of top three performances since 2008  

Irina Mikitenko

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:19:19 Berlin 1st 28 Sept 2008
2 2:22:11 London 1st 26 Apr 2009
3 2:24:14 London 1st 13 Apr 2008
Average 2:21:55      
 

Liliya Shobukhova

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:20:25 Chicago 1 10 Oct 2010
2 2:22:00 London 1 25 Apr 2010
3 2:24:24 London 3 26 Apr 2009
Average 2:22:16      
 

Askale Magarsa Tafa

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:21:31 Berlin 2nd 28 Sept 2008
2 2:23:23 Dubai 3rd 18 Jan 2008
3 2:24:39 London 5th 25 Apr 2010
Average 2:23:11      
 

Mergia Aselefech

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:22:38 London 3rd 25 Apr 2010
2 2:22:45 Dubai 1st 21 Jan 2011
3 2:25:02 Paris 2nd 5 Apr 2009
Average 2:23:28      
 

Bezunesh Bekele

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:23:09 Dubai 2nd 18 Jan 2008
2 2:23:17 London 4th  25 Apr 2010
3 2:24:02 Dubai 1st 16 Jan 2009
Average 2:23:29      
 

Atsede Bayisa

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:22:04 Paris 1st 11 Apr 2010
2 2:23:40 Chicago 2nd 10 Oct 2010
3 2:24:42 Paris 1st 5 Apr 2010
Average 2:23:29      
 

Yoshimi Ozaki

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:23:30 Tokyo Women 1st 16 Nov 2008
2 2:23:56 Yokohama Women 1st 20 Feb 2011
3 2:25:25 WC – Berlin 2nd 23 Aug 2009
Average 2:24:17      
 

Mara Yamauchi

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:23:12 London 2nd 26 Apr 2009
2 2:25:03 Tokyo 3rd 16 Nov 2008
3 2:25:10 Osaka 1st 27 Jan 2008
Average 2:24:28      
 

Dire Tune

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:23:44 Frankfurt 2nd 31 Oct 2010
2 2:24:40 Houston 1st 13 Jan 2008
3 2:25:25 Boston 1st 21 Apr 2008
Average 2:24:36      
 

Aberu Kebede

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:23:58 Berlin 1st 26 Sept 2010
2 2:24:26 Dubai 2nd 22 Jan 2010
3 2:25:29 Rotterdam 1st 11 Apr 2010
Average 2:24:38      
 

Bai Xue

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:23:27 Xiamen 2nd 5 Jan 2008
2 2:25:15 Berlin – WC 1st 23 Aug 2009
3 2:25:18 London 7th 25 Apr 2010
Average 2:24:40      
 

Teyeba Erkesso 

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:23:53 Houston 1st 17 Jan 2010
2 2:24:18 Houston 1st 18 Jan 2009
3 2:26:11 Boston 1st 19 Apr 2010
Average 2:24:47      
 

Atsede Habtamu

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:24:26 Dubai 4th 21 Jan 2011
2 2:24:47 Berlin 1st 20 Sept 2009
3 2:25:17 Dubai 2nd 16 Jan 2009
Average 2:24:50      
 

Helena Loshanyang Kirop

  Time Race Place Date
1 2:24:54 Dubai 3rd 22 Jan 2010
2 2:25:01 Berlin 3rd 28 Sept 2008
3 2:25:29 Praha 1st 10 May 2010
Average 2:25:08      

 

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