Margaret Okayo

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Okayo running in the 2005 London Marathon

Margaret Okayo (born May 30, 1976 in Masaba, Kisii District) is a professional marathon runner from Kenya. She has won a number of major marathons, including the New York City Marathon (three times), the Boston Marathon, and the London Marathon. She has also won the San Diego Marathon on two occasions.

Okayo started running while at primary school. She graduated from the Itierio Secondary School, located near Kisii town, in 1993. She was recruited by Kenya Prisons Service, home to the country's top women's marathon runners, in 1995 where she nurtured her running career.[1]

At the 1998 Commonwealth Games she finished fifth in 10,000 metres. She finished thirteenth at the 1999 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Amongst her most successful races are the wins at the New York Marathon in 2001 and 2003, the Boston Marathon in 2002 and the London Marathon in 2004. She still holds the course records at the New York Marathon and the Boston Marathon.

Other marathons won by Okayo include Milan in 2003, San Diego in 2000 and 2001. She represented her native Kenya in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, but did not finish the marathon. She spends three months of every year training in Italy.

She won the 2003 Udine Half Marathon and finished third at the 2008 Rome-Ostia Half Marathon.[2][3]

Okayo is of the Gusii tribe. She is managed by Federico Rosa and coached by Gabriele Rosa. She is just 152 cm tall and weighs 43 kilograms.

Achievements[edit]

  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Kenya
1999 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 2nd 2:26:00
2000 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon San Diego, United States 1st 2:27:05
New York City Marathon New York, United States 3rd 2:26:36
2001 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon San Diego, United States 1st 2:25:05
New York City Marathon New York, United States 1st 2:24:21
2002 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 2:20:43
Milan Marathon Milan, Italy 1st 2:24:59
2003 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 4th 2:27:39
New York City Marathon New York, United States 1st 2:22:31
2004 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st 2:22:35
Olympic Games Athens, Greece DNF
New York City Marathon New York, United States 4th 2:26:31
2005 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 4th 2:25:22
2006 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 9th 2:29:16

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