|Women's Overall Ranking||1197||1163|
|Women's 5000m||55||for 1 week|
|Women's Overall Ranking||1022||for 1 week|
|800 Metres||2:05.7h *||Mumias (KEN)||27 APR 2013||1062|
|1500 Metres||4:01.26||Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA)||30 MAY 2015||1195|
|One Mile||4:22.67||Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL)||11 SEP 2015||1173|
|2000 Metres||5:35.65||Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL)||04 SEP 2009||1161|
|3000 Metres||8:21.14||Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha (QAT)||09 MAY 2014||1240|
|Two Miles||9:11.49||Alexander Stadium, Birmingham (GBR)||24 AUG 2014||1196|
|5000 Metres||14:33.95||Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA)||02 JUN 2016||1214|
|5 Kilometres||15:27||Carlsbad, CA (USA)||07 APR 2013||1139|
|4x1500 Metres Relay||16:33.58||T. Robinson Stadium, Nassau (BAH)||24 MAY 2014||AR||1247|
|1500 Metres||4:11.44||Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi (KEN)||27 MAY 2021||1115|
|5000 Metres||14:54.70||Stade des Grands Pêchers, Montreuil (FRA)||01 JUN 2021||1173|
|2021||4:11.44||Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi (KEN)||27 MAY 2021|
|2020||4:06.79||Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi (KEN)||03 OCT 2020|
|2019||4:11.62||Sotteville-lès-Rouen (FRA)||16 JUL 2019|
|2016||4:21.1h||Nakuru (KEN)||18 MAR 2016|
|2015||4:01.26||Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA)||30 MAY 2015|
|2014||4:08.58||Albert Park, Melbourne (AUS)||22 MAR 2014|
|2013||4:05.82||Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL)||06 SEP 2013|
|2012||4:06.42||Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI)||30 AUG 2012|
|2011||4:02.31||Barcelona (ESP)||22 JUL 2011|
|2015||4:22.67||Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL)||11 SEP 2015|
|2019||5:48.09||Bregyó Athletic Center, Székesfehérvár (HUN)||09 JUL 2019|
|2009||5:35.65||Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL)||04 SEP 2009|
|2016||8:26.36||Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha (QAT)||06 MAY 2016|
|2015||8:35.48||Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI)||03 SEP 2015|
|2014||8:21.14||Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, Doha (QAT)||09 MAY 2014|
|2013||8:31.23||Olympiastadion, Stockholm (SWE)||22 AUG 2013|
|2012||8:38.51||Stade Louis II, Monaco (MON)||20 JUL 2012|
|2010||8:42.09||Stadio Guidobaldi, Rieti (ITA)||29 AUG 2010|
|2009||8:44.67||Rieti (ITA)||06 SEP 2009|
|2008||8:58.07||Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz (POL)||12 JUL 2008|
|2007||8:53.94||Ostrava (CZE)||11 JUL 2007|
|2014||9:11.49||Alexander Stadium, Birmingham (GBR)||24 AUG 2014|
|2021||14:54.70||Stade des Grands Pêchers, Montreuil (FRA)||01 JUN 2021|
|2019||15:05.22||Kortrijk (BEL)||13 JUL 2019|
|2016||14:33.95||Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA)||02 JUN 2016|
|2015||14:34.10||Paris (FRA)||04 JUL 2015|
|2014||14:43.11||Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA)||05 JUN 2014|
|2013||14:40.33||Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI)||29 AUG 2013|
|2012||14:47.18||Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL)||07 SEP 2012|
|2011||14:35.13||Paris (FRA)||08 JUL 2011|
|2010||14:47.13||Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai (CHN)||23 MAY 2010|
|2009||15:46.74||Nairobi (KEN)||27 JUN 2009|
|2007||16:17.3h||Kakamega (KEN)||21 APR 2007|
|2006||16:30.3h||Kapsabet (KEN)||28 APR 2006|
|2019||15:38||Bolzano (ITA)||31 DEC 2019|
|2013||15:27||Carlsbad, CA (USA)||07 APR 2013|
|2014||16:33.58||T. Robinson Stadium, Nassau (BAH)||24 MAY 2014|
|4.||5000 Metres||14:42.89||Estádio Olímpico, Rio de Janeiro (BRA)||19 AUG 2016|
|2.||5000 Metres||14:51.22||Luzhniki, Moskva (RUS)||17 AUG 2013|
|5.||5000 Metres||15:01.36||National Stadium, Beijing (CHN)||30 AUG 2015|
|5.||5000 Metres||15:00.23||DS, Daegu (KOR)||02 SEP 2011|
|1.||4x1500 Metres Relay||16:33.58||T. Robinson Stadium, Nassau (BAH)||24 MAY 2014|
|1.||U20 Race||18:47||Myslecinek Park, Bydgoszcz (POL)||28 MAR 2010|
|2.||U20 Race||20:17||Golf Club Al Bisharat, Amman (JOR)||28 MAR 2009|
|1.||3000 Metres||8:55.07||Croix-Bleue Medavie Stadium, Moncton (CAN)||19 JUL 2010|
|1.||3000 Metres||8:58.07||Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz (POL)||12 JUL 2008|
|2.||5000 Metres||15:09.19||Croix-Bleue Medavie Stadium, Moncton (CAN)||21 JUL 2010|
|1.||3000 Metres||8:53.94||Ostrava (CZE)||11 JUL 2007|
|5.||5000 Metres||16:08.81||Le Grande Stade, Marrakesh (MAR)||11 AUG 2014|
|1.||5000 Metres||14:54.81||Olympic Stadium, London (GBR)||25 JUL 2015|
|1.||3000 Metres||8:28.95||Boudewijnstadion, Bruxelles (BEL)||05 SEP 2014|
|1.||Two Miles||9:11.49||Alexander Stadium, Birmingham (GBR)||24 AUG 2014|
|1.||3000 Metres||8:50.24||Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne (SUI)||03 JUL 2014|
|1.||3000 Metres||8:39.84||Icahn Stadium (Fordham), New York, NY (USA)||14 JUN 2014|
|1.||Two Miles||9:13.27||Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA)||31 MAY 2014|
|1.||3000 Metres||8:41.21||Alexander Stadium, Birmingham (GBR)||26 AUG 2012|
|1.||3000 Metres||8:40.59||Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne (SUI)||23 AUG 2012|
|1.||3000 Metres||8:38.51||Stade Louis II, Monaco (MON)||20 JUL 2012|
|1.||5000 Metres||15:07.21||Hampden Park, Glasgow (GBR)||02 AUG 2014|
|1.||3000 Metres||8:54.96||Bambous (MRI)||30 JUL 2009|
|2.||5000 Metres||16:12.65||Bambous (MRI)||02 AUG 2009|
|1.||5000 Metres||15:26.66||Nairobi (KEN)||07 JUN 2014|
|1.||5000 Metres||15:46.74||Nairobi (KEN)||27 JUN 2009|
|27 MAY 2021||Athletics Kenya Pre-Trials, Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi||KEN||F||H2||2.||4:11.44|
|01 JUN 2021||Meeting International de Montreuil, Stade des Grands Pêchers, Montreuil||FRA||C||F||5.||14:54.70|
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Updated 10 July 2010
Mercy CHERONO, Kenya (3000m/Cross Country)
Born: 7 May 1991, Kipajit Location, Sotik Division, Kericho District, Rift Valley Province
Manager: Mark Hussein
First born in a family of five
Attended Chelimo Primary School then joined Saseta Secondary School in Letein where she is a Form 3 (third year) student.
Widely regarded as the most talented female running prodigy anywhere, Cherono is seeking to add more glitter to her medal cabinet that is bulging with a collection of ‘bling’ won as a junior runner.
In her swansong year in the junior ranks, Cherono started 2010 in blistering fashion during the Bydgoszcz World Cross and now has set her sights on the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada.
Cherono holds the 2007 World Youth and 2008 World Junior 3,000m titles and, after missing out the Edinburgh World Cross party through injury, set herself on the path of adding the World Cross title by effortlessly winning the Kenya Trials for Amman in 2009.
In Jordan, however, she was beaten to gold by Genzebe Dibaba, the younger sister of double Olympics champion Tirunesh after she admitted to breaking for the tape a bit too early, allowing the Ethiopian to close the gap and ease past her for victory.
“I will not repeat that mistake again if I find myself in a similar position to last year,” Cherono, who almost missed the 20 February Kenya selection event for Bydgoszcz after injuring her ankle while finishing sixth at the 6th AK National Cross Country Series meeting (19 December) in Kisii, said when she was named in the team for Poland’s 2010 World Cross.
Cherono made her debut for Kenya at the 2007 World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa where she finished 23rd. In the summer she clinched her first international gold by winning the World Youth 3000m title in a personal best time of 8:53.94
Having dominated the 2008 local cross country meetings, Cherono missed the national championships and World Cross Country Trials due to a foot injury. She bounced back to win the national secondary schools 3,000 metres title in a new record of 9:03.0 breaking the previous record set by Hellen Kimaiyo way back in 1985.
She then cruised to victory at the Bydgoszcz World Juniors Trials and confirmed her success at the world event itself before she was selected in the national team for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India where she returned yet another gold medal performance over 3,000m (9:06.01).
Cherono carried her rich form to the 2008/2009 cross-country season, winning the second KCC/AK National Cross Series weekend meeting in Kericho (19:29.0) and finishing second at Nyahururu (19:30.9) where she was beaten by Amman World Cross teammate, Hilda Chepkemoi.
That was the only time she was led to the tape on the local circuit before Amman. She won the junior 6km race at November’s Wareng Tuskys Cross Country in Eldoret and Nairobi (Provincial Championships) and the Kenyan Trials at Ngong.
After her Amman silver, Cherono was selected to compete in the 3000m race at the African Junior Championships, in Mauritius, after winning the national Trials, and went on to win gold during the event final. She was then asked by her team’s management to compete in the longer 5000m in place of Esther Chemtai who was deemed too young (15 at the time) and Cherono went on to win silver.
That summer, Mercy made her first foray into the European track circuit, setting PBs over 1500m, 2000m and 3000m in Brussels and Rieti.
In 2010, at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Cherono (18:47) set the record straight when she led her compatriots to seal the perfect ten score with a seven second victory over Purity Cherotich (18:54) with Esther Chemtai (18:55) and Faith Chepng’etich (19:02) trooping across the line to complete the Kenyan 1-2-3-4.
“For one year, the pain of losing to Genzebe was always on my mind and in Poland, I decided to head to the front early to give her and other Ethiopians no chance of catching us on the sprint for the line. What made me happier was the fact that we managed to take all the top places and Amman is now behind me.”
On 23 May, Cherono made her Diamond League debut in Shanghai, slashing almost a full minute off her 5000m PB with 14:47.13, before focusing on the defence of her world junior 3,000m crown. During the 16 June Kenyan Trials for the World Junior/East Africa Junior championships, Cherono once again led Cherotich to the altar with 9:08.0 against 9:11.0, earning selection to Canada.
In Moncton, Cherono hopes to be only the second Kenyan since men 1,500m gold medallist Wilfred Kirochi (in 1986 and 1988), to be crowned twice World Junior champion in successive editions of the biennial event.
Asked about her prospects for the title defence, the coy, prodigious runner shrugged her shoulders and stated, “I hope we finish the way we did at the Trials.”
1500m: 4:13.7 (2009)
2000m: 5:35.65 (2009)
3000m: 8:44.67 (2009)
5000m: 14:47.13 (2010)
3000m/5000m: 2007 – 8:53.94/-; 2008 – 8:58.07/-; 2009 – 8:44.67/15:46.74; 2010 – -/14:47.13
2007 23rd World Cross Country Championships, Mombasa (junior race)
2007 1st World Youth Championships, Ostrava (3,000m)
2008 1st World Junior Championships, Bydgoszcz (3,000m)
2008 1st Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune (3,000m)
2009 2nd World Cross Country Championships (junior race)
2009 1st African Junior Championships (3000m)
2009 2nd African Junior Championships (5000m)
2010 1st World Cross Country Championships, Bydgoszcz (junior race)
Prepared by James Wokabi and Mutwiri Mutuota for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008-2010