Catherine Ndereba

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Catherine Ndereba
Osaka07 D9M WMarathon Ndereba running.jpg
Ndereba at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.
Medal record
Representing  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 at the Summer Olympic Games 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 Chicago Tribune sportswriter Philip Hersh as the greatest women's marathoner of all time.[2]


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 Women's Marathon later that year, finishing the course in a time of 2:29:13 hours.[8] She did not 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",[citation needed] lives in Nairobi with her husband Anthony Maina and daughter Jane.[citation needed] Her brother Samuel and sister Anastasia are also marathon runners.[citation needed]


Ndereba competing in the 2005 World Championships marathon


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


  1. ^ "Wincatherine Nyambura Ndereba - Olympics Athletes - 2008 Summer Olympics - Beijing, China - ESPN". Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  2. ^ Chicago Tribune, 8 October 2008: Ranking the Top 10 women marathoners
  3. ^ Catherine Ndereba. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  4. ^ The Standard, 28 October 2007: Catherine Ndereba: Racing to conquer the world
  5. ^ IAAF, 2 March 2006: Athletes dominate Kenyan Sports Awards
  6. ^ a b Daily Nation, Lifestyle Magazine, 15 November 2008: Fitting tribute to Marathon Queen
  7. ^ IAAF, 27 April 2009: Ndereba matches Dorre’s record total of 21 sub-2:30 marathons
  8. ^ Catherine Ndereba. Marathon Info. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  9. ^ Jalava, Mirko (16 October 2011). Kiprop and Wei Xiaojie triumph in Beijing. IAAF. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  10. ^ AIMS/ASICS World Athlete of the Year Awards Archived 2011-10-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ City-Pier-City Half Marathon - List of winners
  12. ^ IAAF website, 31 July 2008: Joseph and Ndereba win at the Bogota Half Marathon

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