KIPLAGAT Benjamin < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Uganda   
Gender Men
Born 04 Mar 1989
Height1.76 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Eldoret, KEN
Occupation Athlete, Prison Officer
Higher education Kampala University: Uganda
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began running in 2004.
Why this sport? One of his village mates, Boniface Kiprop, won a 10 000m world junior gold medal in 2004, which inspired him to take up running. "We heard Kiprop's name on the radio and saw his picture in newspapers. Most of us wanted to be like Kiprop. Personally, I was inspired by him to start running."
General Interest
Injuries In 2010 he suffered a bout of malaria and which contributed to him not being selected for the world cross-country championships in Poland that year. He was also ruled out of the same event in 2009 due to malaria and typhoid. (iaaf.org, 29 Jul 2011)
Other information QUITTING SCHOOL
He left school in 2006 to focus on his athletic career, after he returned from the world cross-country championships in Japan. "It was my first trip abroad. I had never thought I would board a plane. I came back happy having competed with Kenensia Bekele. After that experience, I felt that I needed to add more effort in training. That's when I told my parents I would not join senior year. They were so furious but I packed my bags, went to Iten, and left them fuming." (iaaf.org, 29 Jul 2011)