CHERUIYOT Vivian < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Kenya   
Gender Women
Born 11 Sep 1983 in Logosho, KEN
Height1.55 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Moses Kiplagat, son Allan [2013]
Residence Nairobi, KEN
Occupation Athlete, Police Officer
Languages English, Swahili
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She got involved in athletics in 1996.
Why this sport? "I noticed I had the talent to run. I found motivation within myself to do it."
Club / Team Kenya Police: Kenya
General Interest
Nicknames Pocket Rocket, Kadogo [Swahili for small]. (, 29 Aug 2015;, 30 Jul 2015)
Injuries A tendon injury forced her to miss the 2019 Berlin Marathon in Germany. (, 20 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "As long as I work hard in training I know I will race well." (, 13 Feb 2012)
Awards and honours She was named the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year by Athletics Kenya. (, 31 Dec 2016)

She was named Sportswoman of the Year at the 2012 Laureus World Sports Awards. (, 07 Feb 2012)

She was named the 2011 Africa Female Athlete of the Year by the Union of African Women Sports Reporters [UFRESA]. (, 04 Apr 2012)

She was named the 2011 Sports Personality of the Year in Kenya. (, 15 Dec 2011)

In 2009 she received the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya. (IAAF, 20 Aug 2016)
Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 03 Oct 2020)
She took a break from the sport after competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London so that she could start a family with her husband Moses Kiplagat. Her son Allan was born in October 2013 and she returned to training in June 2014. She went on to win a gold medal in the 10,000m at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, People's Republic of China, her first major international competition after her return to running. (, 11 Feb 2016;, 29 Aug 2015)

She has worked as a police investigator as part of the Criminal Investigations Department [CID] in Kenya. (, 16 May 2020, 29 Aug 2015)