Kenyan Florence Kiplagat, who was born in Kapkitony, is the niece of marathon runner William Kiplagat. She lives with her daughter in Iten. After some years on the track and cross country she shifted to marathon running.
Florence Kiplagat won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships at the 5000m in 2006. Her first success as a senior came in 2009 where she won the World Cross Country title. She recorded a fast time on the track in 2009 by clocking 30.11.53 in the 10.000m in the Netherlands, which is still the national record for Kenya.
In 2010 she decided to focus on road running and after a fast half marathon debut in Lille, she became World Half Marathon Champion in only her second half marathon. Her debut marathon became the 2011 Berlin marathon, which she won in a fast 2.19.44. This time made her the fifth woman ever breaking 2.20.00. A few months later she ran the half marathon in Rome, which she won in a new personal best of 66.38. At the 2012 London marathon she finished as fourth.
After the London marathon she decided to try to qualify for the Olympic 10.000m on the track. At the Eugene Diamond League she ran a very fast 30:24.85 but at the Kenyan trials she just missed the podium and did not qualify for the Olympic Games.
In 2013 she returned to Berlin where she won the marathon again.
In February 2014 Florence came to Barcelona half marathon to break the World Record which was not an easy job. But she was strong and smashed the WR by 38 seconds and finished in 1:05:12. She continued her training and travelled to London where she took the second place behind Edna Kiplagat.
Florence returned to the track in the summer of 2014 and won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games 10.000m. After that she started her preparation for the 2014 Chicago marathon, where she ran a brave race finishing third.
One year after breaking the world record for half marathon, Florence returns to Barcelona with the same mission. She did not only break the world record for the half marathon by three seconds, but also sets a new world record for 15k and 20k.
In that same year, Florence was tired of second places in marathons. So her mission for the 2015 Chicago marathon was to finally win a marathon again. She was leading a group of mainly Ethiopian athletes from the start, and made her final move in the last kilometres to secure her win in 2:23:33. In the 2016 London marathon she took the third place. Six months later she successfully defended her title in Chicago in an impressive 2:21:32.