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Rita Jeptoo

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RITA JEPTOO
KENYA

BIRTHDATE:
15 February 1981

PERSONAL BEST:
2:23:38 (Boston, 2006)

WORLD MARATHON MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:

16Apr07 Boston Marathon 4th 2:33:08
05Nov06 ING New York City Marathon 4th 2:26:59
17Apr06 Boston Marathon 1st 2:23:38
14Aug05 IAAF World Championships Marathon 7th 2:24:22

CAREER NOTES:

Jeptoo entered international competition in 2000 racing primarily in Italy on the roads and in cross country meets. Her transition to the marathon was successful. After winning Stockholm in the spring of 2004, she trimmed more than seven minutes off her time to win Milan five months later. She improved her time again with a seventh-place finish at the 2005 World Championships (2:24:22).

In other distances, she ran a half marathon in New Delhi in 2005 with a 1:10:41 and in 2004 won half marathons in Rio de Janeiro and Napoli and put in a solid 14th place performance (1:13:08) at the World Championships Half Marathon.

Jeptoo cracked the 70 minute barrier by four seconds in winning the 2006 Semi-Marathon de Paris, a prelude to her surprise victory in the 2006 Boston Marathon, the biggest win in her career. It was her first race in the USA and she won despite not previewing the course because of late arrival due to a passport problem.

She claimed her first international championships medal with a bronze at the 2006 IAAF World Road Running Championships 20-K with a time of 1:03:47, just 21 seconds off the pre-race world record. Jeptoo then had a dramatic finish at the ING New York City Marathon, getting edged into fourth place by just one second to Catherine Ndereba.

Her final prepartion for the 2007 Boston Marathon was spectacular as she won the Lisbon Half-Marathon on March 18 in 1:07:05, defeating runner-up Susan Chepkemei by 88 seconds. Even considering the 69m net elevation loss, Jeptoo's time has only been beaten by eight other women in history at any half-marathon race.

Jeptoo found the weather conditions at Boston tough going, but she held on for fourth place and picked up 10 valuable points in the World Marathon Majors series.

PERSONAL NOTES:

Rita Sitienei Jeptoo was inspired by the great Kenyan marathoner Tegla Loroupe. She continues to spend a lot of time Italy because of her interest in fashion and her hobbies include knitting clothes for husband Noah Busienei, a 1500 meters runner with the Kenyan Armed Forces.

HIGHLIGHTS:

17Apr05 Turin Marathon 3rd 2:31:50
28Nov04 Milan City Marathon 1st 2:28:11
05Jun04 Stockholm Marathon 1st 2:35:14