Athlete Profile

    Kenya Kenya
    10 JAN 1992
Nelly Chebet Ngeiywo of Kenya wins the Girls' 1500m final (Getty Images)

Current World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Score
Women's Overall Ranking 4726 1040
Women's Road Running 479 1040

Highest Ever World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Duration
Women's 5000m 118 for 2 weeks
Women's Overall Ranking 2820 for 1 week
Women's Road Running 402 for 1 week
Highest ever World Rankings position is considered from 1/1/2019


Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
800 Metres 2:12.64 Tours (FRA) 17 JUN 2018 947
1500 Metres 4:11.36 Stadio Guidobaldi, Rieti (ITA) 29 AUG 2010 1116
3000 Metres 8:48.16 Padova (ITA) 03 SEP 2010 1146
5000 Metres 15:37.17 Albi (FRA) 06 JUL 2018 1092
10 Kilometres 34:00 Annecy (FRA) 14 APR 2019 1054
20 Kilometres 1:11:56 Maroilles (FRA) 01 MAY 2019 1006


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Latest Active Season: 2019


Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
1500 Metres 4:43.56 Nairobi (KEN) 13 JUL 2019 881
3000 Metres 9:18.77 Gujan-Mestras (FRA) 21 APR 2019 1043
10 Kilometres 34:00 Annecy (FRA) 14 APR 2019 1054
20 Kilometres 1:11:56 Maroilles (FRA) 01 MAY 2019 1006


800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2018 2:12.64 Tours (FRA) 17 JUN 2018


1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2019 4:43.56 Nairobi (KEN) 13 JUL 2019
2018 4:14.27 Halluin (FRA) 27 JUN 2018
2016 4:23.0h Eldoret (KEN) 15 APR 2016
2015 4:13.72 Nairobi (KEN) 01 AUG 2015
2014 4:22.1h Nairobi (KEN) 05 JUN 2014
2011 4:20.11 Brazzaville (CGO) 12 JUN 2011
2010 4:11.36 Stadio Guidobaldi, Rieti (ITA) 29 AUG 2010
2009 4:12.76 Bressanone (ITA) 11 JUL 2009


3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2019 9:18.77 Gujan-Mestras (FRA) 21 APR 2019
2011 9:02.90 Rabat (MAR) 05 JUN 2011
2010 8:48.16 Padova (ITA) 03 SEP 2010
2008 8:59.94 Stadio Quercia, Rovereto (ITA) 10 SEP 2008
2007 9:33.49 Arusha (TAN) 03 MAY 2007


5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2018 15:37.17 Albi (FRA) 06 JUL 2018
2016 16:46.2h Mumias (KEN) 26 FEB 2016
2008 15:47.18 Rieti (ITA) 07 SEP 2008


10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2019 34:00 Annecy (FRA) 14 APR 2019


20 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2019 1:11:56 Maroilles (FRA) 01 MAY 2019

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. U20 Race 20:36 Golf Club Al Bisharat, Amman (JOR) 28 MAR 2009
7. U20 Race 19:06 Myslecinek Park, Bydgoszcz (POL) 28 MAR 2010

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 5000 Metres 16:17.96 Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz (POL) 08 JUL 2008
7. 1500 Metres 4:18.50 Croix-Bleue Medavie Stadium, Moncton (CAN) 25 JUL 2010

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 4:12.76 Bressanone (ITA) 11 JUL 2009
Results in:

1500 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
13 JUL 2019 Kenya Police Ch., Nairobi KENKEN F F 5. 4:43.56

3000 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
21 APR 2019 Meeting Intersport, Gujan-Mestras FRAFRA F F 1. 9:18.77

10 Kilometres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
14 APR 2019 10 km, Annecy FRAFRA E F 1. 34:00
12 MAY 2019 10 km, Saumur FRAFRA F F 1. 34:08

20 Kilometres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
01 MAY 2019 20 km, Maroilles FRAFRA E F 7. 1:11:56

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Updated 10 July 2010

Nelly CHEBET Ngeiywo, Kenya (1500m/3,000m/5,000m, Cross Country)
Born: 10 January, 1992, Kapsokwony, Mount Elgon, Rift Valley Province       
Weight: 48kg
Coach: Gregory Kilonzo
Manager: Gianni Demadonna
Fifth born in a family of ten. Brother Linus Maruga (secondary school) is an aspiring 1,500m runner.
Attended Riruta Central Secondary School, Nairobi (currently in Form 4 - fourth year of secondary) and Kapkirwok Primary School, Kapsokwony
Trains in Nairobi. Her role model is World Marathon Champion Catherine Ndereba

An aspiring journalist and accomplished junior runner, Nelly Chebet, 18, aims at having the best of both worlds. Although she is yet to embark on studies for the profession she describes as “Very interesting and one that I admire,” there is no doubt she is on the right path as far as prospects of becoming a renowned distance runner are concerned.

“I want to study journalism and be able to report on the events I travel to,” she once told these FoA writers while training for the Bydgoszcz World Cross earlier this year. Her passion for things Fourth Estate was exemplified by the fact she aided in interviewing her junior Kenyan 6km teammates for the FoA project and taking notes in the process!

Chebet started running in school competitions in 2004, while still a primary school pupil, where she contested and won the national 1,500m primary school title at the finals held in Nyeri (154km East of Nairobi).

She joined Riruta Secondary School in 2006 and in 2007, won 3000m silver at the East African Championships in Kampala, Uganda beginning her rich appetite for competing for the national team.

Chebet qualified for the 2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz by winning the 5,000m race at the National Junior trials, where she unleashed a strong finishing kick to clock 16:06.1. “That was my plan and I feel great it worked. I believe in myself and want to win gold in Poland,” she said then.

In Poland, she could only manage 16:17.96 to win bronze and soon after was signed up by Gianni Demadonna. 

The Italian manager organised for her to race in Rieti, where young Chebet faced double Olympic 5,000m gold medallist, Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, among other quality runners.

“It was difficult since it was my first time to race against seniors and Dibaba was there. That is when I realised that I needed to train harder to achieve more success in my career,” the Riruta Central student said of the race where she timed a PB 15:47.18. Days later, she clocked 8:59.94 over 3000m in Rovereto.

“But I have to balance my running with studies because education is also important. At the moment, our school has tutors who are available to us all year round. When not competing, I train before and after classes,” the cheerful runner explained.

Chebet began her winter season on the KCB/AK Cross Series circuit, where she won the 6km race in Meru and finished fourth in Nyahururu before emerging winner at the District championships.

Teammate Mercy Cherono beat her at the Provincial championships before she placed sixth at the National trials for the 2009 World Cross Country Championships in Amman. Athletics Kenya gave her a wildcard selection for the World Cross, where she went on to finish fifth (20:36).

Spurred by that showing, Chebet was imperious at the Kenya selection event for 2009 World Youth Championships in Bressanone, Italy, winning the girl’s 1,500m decider in 4:23.7 before going on to claim her first major global honour at the sixth edition of the World Youths when she returned a 4:12.76 PB for gold. She was among the six Kenyan gold winners as her country topped the medal charts with additional seven silvers and a bronze.

Chebet continued her impressive showing on the domestic Cross Country circuit upon the onset of the 2009/2010 season, capped by her winning performance at her country’s Trials for the Bydgoszcz World Cross, where she soared to victory in 20:12.7 on 20 February.

She was however, not to return with a medal from Poland unlike two years previously, as she could only place seventh at the World Cross, while her teammates claimed the first four spots. “I was disappointed, since I cannot explain why form deserted me at that time. We had trained well but when we started the race, I felt my body was not what it had been and I decided just to try and finish,” she said of her second Bydgoszcz experience.

Electing to compete at the distance where she had won the World Youth title at the National Trials for the World Juniors/East Africa Junior championships on 26 June, Chebet ran 4:14.5 to finish second in the 1,500m race to earn her automatic ticket to Canada. As preparation, she took on the seniors during the 24 to 26 June National Championships where she ran 4:16.7 for a credible fourth.

“Competing with the seniors, especially Olympics champion, Nancy Jebet Langat (who won in 4:10.11) gave me the insight required to run in pressure races and I hope it will work in Canada,” Chebet disclosed. En route to the final, Chebet beat the 2006 World Junior gold medallist, Irene Jelagat in 4:14.2 against the Beijing winner’s 4:14.5. 

Personal Bests
1500 m  4:12.76 (2009)
3000 m     8:59.94 (2008)
5000 m     15:47.18 (2008)    

Yearly Progression
1500m: 2008 – 4:22.7h; 2009 – 4:12.76; 2010 – 4:14.2h 

Career Highlights
2007     2nd       East African Championships, Arusha (3,000m)
2008     3rd      World Junior Championships, Bydgoszcz (5,000m)
2009    5th    World Cross Country Championships, Amman (junior race)
2009    1st     World Youth Championships, Bressanone (1500m)
2010    7th      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

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