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Ben Jipcho
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Jipcho in 1972
Personal information
Born 1 March 1943 (1943-03)
Mount Elgon District, Western Province, Kenya
Died 24 July 2020 (2020-07-25) (aged 77)
Eldoret, Kenya
Height 1.70 m
Weight 71 kg
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 1500-5000 m
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1500 m – 3:33.16 (1974)
5000 m – 13:14.3 (1974)
3000 mS – 8:13.91 (1973)
Medal record
Olympic Games
Representing  Kenya
Silver 1972 Munich 3000 m steeplechase
Commonwealth Games
Gold 1974 Christchurch 5000 m
Gold 1974 Christchurch 3000 m steeplechase
Bronze 1974 Christchurch 1500 m
All-Africa Games
Gold 1973 Lagos 5000 m
Gold 1973 Lagos 3000 m steeplechase

Benjamin Wabura Jipcho (1 March 1943 – 24 July 2020) was a track and field athlete from Kenya, who won the silver medal in the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 1972 Summer Olympics, behind teammate Kipchoge Keino.

Jipcho won the 5000 metres race in the 1973 All-Africa Games. He also won the gold medal in the 5000 m. and 3000 m. steeplechase, and the bronze medal in the 1500 metres at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Jipcho may be as well known for his role in Keino's victory over Jim Ryun in the high altitude 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City as for his own athletic accomplishments. Sacrificing his own chances for a medal to team tactics, he pulled Keino through a 56-second first 400 metres, before being passed by his teammate with 800 metres to go and drifting back into the pack. By that point, Keino had established a lead of 20 metres or more, which Ryun's famous finishing speed could not erase. Jipcho later apologized to Ryun for acting as Keino's rabbit.

He was later quoted:

"Running for money doesn't make you run fast. It makes you run first."

His granddaughter Esther Chemutai is also a runner, while he was a distant uncle to the siblings Linet Masai and Moses Masai.

He won the silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the 1970 Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh, Scotland, finishing in front of fellow Kenyan competitor and the winner of the Gold Medal in the event at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Amos Biwott, who this time collected bronze.

According to his daughter, he died of cancer in Fountain Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya.

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