Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi (born 13 January 1992) is a Kenyan steeplechase runner. She won gold at the 2011 All-Africa Games and bronze at the 2012 African Championships in Athletics. As of June 2015, her personal best time of 9:15.08 ranks her 19th on the world all-time list.
Early in her career, Jepkemoi competed in a variety of events; her main event was the 5000 metres, in which she placed fifth at the 2011 Kenyan Championships. At the 2011 All-Africa Games in Maputo she competed in both the 5000 metres and an event completely new to her, the 3000 metres steeplechase; she placed fourth in her main event but won an unexpected gold in the steeplechase, running 10:00.50 and outkicking Ethiopia’s Hiwot Ayalew to win Kenya’s first athletics gold medal at the Games.
In 2012 Jepkemoi started concentrating on the steeplechase and her times improved; her best time that year was 9:23.53, which she ran at the Gugl Games in Linz. She scored her first IAAF Diamond Race points with a third place at Weltklasse Zürich after Sofia Assefa, the original winner, was disqualified for a lane violation. At the Kenyan Championships Jepkemoi placed second and gained selection for the African Championships in Porto Novo, where she won bronze despite falling at the water jump. At the Kenyan Olympic Trials, however, she only placed fifth and failed to qualify for the Olympic team.Track & Field News ranked Jepkemoi ninth in the world for 2012, her first top ten ranking.
In 2013 Jepkemoi only placed fourth at the Kenyan Championships but third at the World Championships Trials, qualifying for the Kenyan team to the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow. At the World Championships, she placed sixth with a new personal best time of 9:22.05; she ended the year ranked seventh in the world, up two places from the previous year. In 2014 Jepkemoi’s best race was at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting, where she ran 9:22.58 and narrowly won ahead of Morocco’s Salima Alami.
Jepkemoi opened 2015 with a near-personal-best of 9:22.11 at the Doha Diamond League meeting, placing third behind Virginia Nyambura and Ayalew. In her next Diamond League meeting, the Golden Gala in Rome, she improved her personal best by almost seven seconds and won in a meeting record 9:15.08, defeating both Nyambura and Ayalew. Three days later she was runner-up to Nyambura at the British Grand Prix in Birmingham, her third consecutive Diamond Race points finish.
As of 8 June 2015, Jepkemoi’s personal best in the 3000 m steeplechase (9:15.08) ranks her 19th on the world all-time list.
PERSONAL BEST – OUTDOOR
|4:19.44||Nijmegen||25 MAY 2011|
22 MAY 2011
|15:42.64||Maputo||11 SEP 2011|
|3000 Metres Steeplechase||9:15.08||Roma (Stadio Olimpico)|
04 JUN 2015
|2011||All-Africa Games||Maputo||4th||5 000 m|
15 min 42 s 64
|3 000 m steeple||10 min 00 s 50|
|2012||African Championships||Porto-Novo||3th||3 000 m steeple|
9 min 45 s 95
|2013||World Championships||Moscow||6th||3 000 m steeple||9 min 22 s 05|
2011, All-Africa Games, Maputo, Gold, 3000 m steeplechase
2012, African Championships, Porto Novo, Bronze, 3000 m steeplechase
2015, Winner of IAAF Diamond League, Rome, 3000 metres steeplechase