Purity Cherotich RIONORIPO

Athlete Profile

    Kenya Kenya
    10 JUN 1993
    2020 Silver
Purity Cherotich Rionoripo of Kenya wins the Girls' 3000m (Getty Images)

Current World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Score
Women's Marathon 41 1292
Women's Overall Ranking 185 1292

Highest Ever World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Duration
Women's Marathon 36 for 1 week
Women's Overall Ranking 171 for 1 week
Highest ever World Rankings position is considered from 1/1/2019


Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
1500 Metres 4:31.83 Pune (IND) 14 OCT 2008 963
3000 Metres 8:44.54 Guidobaldi, Rieti (ITA) 29 AUG 2010 1158
5000 Metres 15:20.93 Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI) 08 SEP 2011 1123
3000 Metres Steeplechase 10:02.0h Nairobi (KEN) 16 JUN 2009 1090
5 Kilometres 15:16 Lisboa (POR) 15 MAY 2016 1160
10 Kilometres 31:01 Cape Elizabeth, ME (USA) 05 AUG 2017 1213
Half Marathon 1:08:29 København (DEN) 13 SEP 2015 1183
Marathon 2:20:39 Valencia (ESP) 01 DEC 2019 1227
4x1500 Metres Relay 17:47.75 Nairobi (KEN) 26 APR 2014 1103


* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2020


Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
Marathon 2:22:56 Nagoya (JPN) 08 MAR 2020 1203


1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 4:31.83 Pune (IND) 14 OCT 2008


3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014 8:49.94 Moratalaz, Madrid (ESP) 19 JUL 2014
2012 8:59.06 Uppsala (SWE) 28 JUL 2012
2011 9:14.58 Gaborone (BOT) 12 MAY 2011
2010 8:44.54 Guidobaldi, Rieti (ITA) 29 AUG 2010
2009 9:03.79 Bressanone (ITA) 08 JUL 2009
2007 9:41.24 Arusha (TAN) 03 MAY 2007


5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014 15:30.61 Nairobi (KEN) 07 JUN 2014
2011 15:20.93 Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI) 08 SEP 2011


5 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2016 15:16 Lisboa (POR) 15 MAY 2016


10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2017 31:01 Cape Elizabeth, ME (USA) 05 AUG 2017


Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2019 1:08:34 Trento (ITA) 06 OCT 2019
2016 1:11:56 Bogotá (COL) 31 JUL 2016
2015 1:08:29 København (DEN) 13 SEP 2015
2014 1:10:40 Porto (POR) 14 SEP 2014



Performance Place Date
2020 2:22:56 Nagoya (JPN) 08 MAR 2020
2019 2:20:39 Valencia (ESP) 01 DEC 2019
2017 2:20:55 Paris (FRA) 09 APR 2017
2016 2:24:47 Chicago, IL (USA) 09 OCT 2016
2015 2:25:09 Lisboa (POR) 18 OCT 2015


3000 Metres Steeplechase

Performance Place Date
2014 10:25.1h Nakuru (KEN) 15 MAR 2014
2009 10:02.0h Nairobi (KEN) 16 JUN 2009


4x1500 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2014 17:47.75 Nairobi (KEN) 26 APR 2014

Honours - World Cross Country Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. U20 Race 18:54 Myslecinek Park, Bydgoszcz (POL) 28 MAR 2010
7. U20 Race 19:24 Punta Umbria (ESP) 20 MAR 2011

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 3000 Metres 8:56.91 Croix-Bleue Medavie Stadium, Moncton (CAN) 19 JUL 2010

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 3000 Metres 9:03.79 Bressanone (ITA) 08 JUL 2009

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 3000 Metres 9:14.58 Gaborone (BOT) 12 MAY 2011
Results in:


Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
08 MAR 2020 Nagoya Women's Marathon, Nagoya JPNJPN GW F 3. 2:22:56
06 DEC 2020 Maratón Valencia Trinidad Alfonso EDP, Valencia ESPESP GW F DNF

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Updated 14 July 2010

Purity CHEROTICH Rionoripo (1500m/3000m/3000m Steeplechase/Cross)
Born: 10 June 1993, Chepapten village, Kaptabuk, Rift Valley Province
Coach: Geoffrey Thormos
Manager: Federico Rosa
Training Camp: Iten
Sixth born in a family of nine
Attends Kaptabuk Primary School (Standard 7)

“I wish to be number one in Poland this year, that is my prayer to God,” had stated Purity Cherotich, who is carving a name for herself while still a primary school pupil, before 2010 Bydgoszcz World Cross in March.

Well, that prayer from one of the softest spoken, humble young bundles of talent was only seven seconds short of being answered in entirety, but the Almighty still blessed the Kaptabuk Primary pupil with the silver medal.

Like everyone in the field on that day, the searing front running deployed by teammate, Mercy Cherono (18:47 against 18:54), spurred on to her dominating performance by missing the top medal in 2009, humbled Cherotich.

The silver did not come easily for the likable Cherotich, since she had to battle another teammate, Esther Chemtai (who opted to run barefooted in the frenetic dash to the tape) before securing the runner-up medal by a second.

“Cherono was very strong that day and managing to win silver with Chemtai so close to me was a good result for me. The experience was great and it is one competition I will always want to compete in,” she summed her World Cross outing.

Cherotich’s enormous potential had first became known in 2008, when she clocked 4:27.5 (18 June) at the Kenya Trials for the Bydgoszcz World Junior Championships.

She was not selected for the event, but it was a performance that encouraged the young athlete to pursue excellence in a sport she had adopted a year earlier. After competing at the local cross country series, Cherotich entered the 2009 National Cross Country Championships with sights set on the Amman World Cross but a 20th finish (23:17.4) in the junior 6km run ended her interest.

At the combined World Youth/African Junior Championships Trials on 16 June, Cherotich opted to try her luck in two disciplines; the 3,000m flat, where she finished runner-up (9:03.7) to Cherono and hours later, took the same position in the 3000m Steeplechase race, where she clocked 10:02.0.

“I wanted to be sure of selection, that is why I took part in both races,” she explained. Sure enough, she received her ticket to compete at the 2009 World Youth where she scaled the heights with a victorious 9:03.79 over 3000m to announce her entry on the international scene with panache.

She achieved the milestone with a brilliant turn of pace over the final lap, becoming the third successive Kenyan winner of the World Youth Championships 3000m title when she powered past favourites Jackline Chepng’eno and Ethiopian duo of Genet Yalew plus Emebet Anteneh.

Her impressive form was carried to the 2009/2010 Cross Country campaign, where she placed fourth at the seventh national cross country series meeting in Eldoret in mid-January, then  chalked victory in the junior race at Discovery XC, again in Eldoret, at the end of the month.

She then recorded a second place behind fellow Bressanone gold winner, Nelly Chebet (1500m) to seal an automatic ticket to Poland during the 20 February National Cross Country Championships, before repeating that placing in Bygoszcz.

At the Kenyan combined Trials for World Junior/East African Junior Championships on 16 June, Cherotich assumed the now familiar role of playing bridesmaid to Cherono.

Asked whether she would try her best to upset the cart, Cherotich shrugged and offered, “Only God knows.”

With many years left as a junior, she will surely be one of the most relieved competitors when Cherono joins the senior ranks next season!

Personal Bests
1500m: 4:27.5A (2008)
3000m: 9:03.7 A (2009)
3000m Steeplechase: 10:02.0A (2009)

Career Highlights
2009    1st    World Youth Championships (3000m)
2010    2nd    World Cross Country Championships (junior race)

Prepared by James Wokabi and Mutwiri Mutuota for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2010