Grace Wanjiru

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Grace Wanjiru Njue
Personal information
Nationality  Kenya
Born 1979
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 20 km walk
Updated on 26 August 2016.

Grace Wanjiru Njue (born 1979) is a female race walker from Kenya. She is a three-time African Champion and a Commonwealth Games medallist. grace wanijiru used to have the last name walker Wanjiru set a 20 Kilometres race walk African Record when she won the event at the 2010 African Championships clocking 1:34:19 hours. The previous record (1:36:18) was held by Susan Vermeulen of South Africa and set in 1999.[1] Wanjiru was already the reigning Kenyan record (time 1:39.50) holder, setting it when she won the 2008 African Championships title.[2] Previously in 2004, she had set a new 20 kilometres national record (1:41:00) in Nairobi.[3]

Later in 2010 she won bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

She is also a multiple-time national champion.[4] In 2011, she won 20 kilometres race walk at the national championships once again setting another African record of 1:28:15 [5]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Kenya
2002 African Championships Tunis, Tunisia 3rd 10 km walk 51:35
2004 African Championships Brazzaville, Congo 1st 20 km walk 1:42:45
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 7th 20 km walk 1:52.53
2008 African Championships Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1st 20 km walk 1:39:50
2010 African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 1st 20 km walk 1:34:19 (AR, CR)
Commonwealth Games New Delhi, India 3rd 20 km walk 1:37:49
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 38th 20 km walk 1:43:59
2012 African Championships Porto Novo, Benin 1st 20 km walk 1:40:53
2014 African Championships Marrakech, Morocco 1st 20 km walk 1:37:04
2015 African Games Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo 1st 20 km walk 1:38:28
2016 African Championships Durban, South Africa 1st 20 km walk 1:30:43


  1. ^ Nairobi2010: Tunisia and Kenya clinch gold in 20km walk
  2. ^ The Standard, June 25, 2010: Wanjiru through to IAAF meet
  3. ^ Kenyan records (through, as of October 14, 2007)
  5. ^ IAAF, July 15, 2011: Cheruiyot subdues 10,000m field and eyes Daegu double – Kenyan Champs, Day 2

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