Catherine Ndereba

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Catherine Ndereba
Osaka07 D9M WMarathon Ndereba running.jpg
Ndereba at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.
Medal record
Competitor for  Kenya
Women's athletics
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Marathon
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing Marathon
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Paris Marathon
Gold medal – first place 2007 Osaka Marathon
Silver medal – second place 2005 Helsinki Marathon

Catherine Nyambura Ndereba[1] (born 21 July 1972) is a Kenyan marathon runner. She has twice won the marathon at the World Championships in Athletics and won silver medals in the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. She is also a four-time winner of the Boston Marathon. Ndereba broke the women's marathon world record in 2001, running 2:18:47 at the Chicago Marathon.

In 2008, Ndereba was described by a Chicago Tribune sportswriter as the greatest women's marathoner of all time.[2]

Career[edit]

Ndereba is from Gatunganga in Nyeri District,[3] and went to Ngorano Secondary School where she pursued her running career. In 1994, she was recruited into its athletics program by the Kenya Prisons Service.[4] Ndereba was awarded the 2004 and 2005 Kenyan Sportswoman of the Year awards.[5] She was awarded the Order of the Golden Warrior by president Mwai Kibaki in 2005.[6]

Ndereba finished seventh at the 2009 London Marathon, equalling Katrin Dorre's record of 21 sub-2:30 hours marathons.[7] She placed third at the Yokohama Marathon later that year, finishing the course in a time of 2:29:13 hours.[8] She did not manage to finish another marathon race until October 2011, when she crossed the line in 2:30:14 hours for third at the Beijing Marathon.[9]

Ndereba, whose nickname is 'Catherine the Great', currently lives in Nairobi with her husband Anthony Maina and daughter Jane. Her brother Samuel and sister Anastasia are also marathon runners.

Achievements[edit]

Ndereba competing in the 2005 World Championships marathon

Bibliography[edit]

  • Catherine Ndereba: The Marathon Queen, by Ng’ang’a Mbugua. Sasa Sema Publications, 2008[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPN Profile
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune, October 8, 2008: Ranking the Top 10 women marathoners
  3. ^ Catherine Ndereba. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  4. ^ The Standard, October 28, 2007: Catherine Ndereba: Racing to conquer the world
  5. ^ IAAF, March 2, 2006: Athletes dominate Kenyan Sports Awards
  6. ^ a b Daily Nation, Lifestyle Magazine, November 15, 2008: Fitting tribute to Marathon Queen
  7. ^ IAAF, April 27, 2009: Ndereba matches Dorre’s record total of 21 sub-2:30 marathons
  8. ^ Catherine Ndereba. Marathon Info. Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  9. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2011-10-16). Kiprop and Wei Xiaojie triumph in Beijing. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-17.
  10. ^ AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year Awards
  11. ^ City-Pier-City Half Marathon - List of winners
  12. ^ IAAF website, July 31, 2008: Joseph and Ndereba win at the Bogota Half Marathon

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Japan Naoko Takahashi
Women's Marathon World Record Holder
7 October 2001 – 13 October 2002
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Paula Radcliffe