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Helena Kirop

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HELENA KIROP
KENYA

BIRTHDATE:
9 September 1976

PERSONAL BEST:
2:24:54 (Dubai, 2010)

WORLD MARATHON MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:

23Aug09 IAAF World Championships DNF
20Apr09 Boston Marathon 5th 2:33:24
28Sep08 real,-Berlin Marathon 3rd 2:25:01
30Sep07 real,-Berlin Marathon 3rd 2:26:27

ADDITIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

09May10 Prague International Marathon 1st 2:25:29
22Jan10 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 3rd 2:24:54
16Jan09 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 3rd 2:25:35
15Apr07 Rotterdam Marathon 2nd 2:30:11
15Oct06 Amsterdam Marathon 2nd 2:28:51
28May06 ING Ottawa Marathon 3rd 2:37:43
12Mar06 Casablanca Marathon 1st 2:34:43

CAREER NOTES:

Helena Loshanyang Kirop had two consecutive second place finishes in Dutch marathons (Amsterdam 2006 and Rotterdam 2007) when she decided to compete in her first World Marathon Major at Berlin in September, 2007. Even though she dropped down a place, she was rewarded with a PR of 2:26:27.

Kirop was also sixth at the very competitve 2007 World's Best 10k (32:43).

Prior to the Berlin Marathon she did compete much in 2008 although she placed sixth at the Ras Al Khaimah International Half-Marathon (1:12:35) in February. She ran aggressively at Berlin and despite slowing in the second half was rewarded with a PR of 2:25:01 and a second consecutive third-place finish.

Kirop came within 35 seconds of her PR at Dubai in January 2009. Then at Boston in 2009, she picked up another World Marathon Majors point with her fifth place finish in 2:33:24.

After dropping out of the 2009 World Championships, she repeated her third place finish at Dubai, cracking 2:25 for the first time.