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Catherine Ndereba

Catherine Ndereba

Ndereba at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.
Medal record
Competitor for  Kenya
Women's athletics
Olympic Games
2004 Athens Marathon
2008 Beijing Marathon
World Championships
2003 Paris Marathon
2007 Osaka Marathon
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 1
  • Achievements 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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.


Ndereba competing in the 2005 World Championships marathon


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


  • Catherine Ndereba profile at IAAF
  • Famous People from Kenya [2]
  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

  • "Catherine Ndereba", n°38 on Time’s list of "100 Olympic Athletes To Watch"
  • "Catherine Ndereba" Documentary Project
Preceded by
Naoko Takahashi
Women's Marathon World Record Holder
7 October 2001 – 13 October 2002
Succeeded by
Paula Radcliffe
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