Josphat Kipchirchir-Kenya. World class runner
When my "fairytale" as a coach started back in 2015 one of the Kenyans that contacted me for coaching was Josphat Kipchirchir. He was only 16 years then and was newly back to Kenya from the States where he had been a high school runner with PB:s at around 4 :00 min at 1500m and 14:45 at 5000m. I started to coach him and it took only a couple of months before he ran faster than ever that fall at XC races. I coached him to become one of Kenya`s 3 best XC juniors. Then the coaching went on and he won the prestigious Discovery XC for seniors twice with me as coach. His last race in Kenya before covid-19 hit the world was a 10000m in a qualification series to the Olympic Games where he placed 2:nd .A funny thing is that I didn`t know at the start Josphat is a younger brother of Edwin Kiprotich who I also coach . In Kenya it`s common you don`t have same surname even if syblings.