High Hopes For Big-Name Kenyans

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 21, 2010

Kenya’s fastest runners are looking forward to a breakout 2011 season.

With 2011 being a World Championship year, Kenya’s top runners are gearing themselves up to win more medals than ever. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist and recent winner of the World Marathon Majors Series, Sammy Wanjiru, is one such athlete.

“Breaking the world record is what I’m aiming for next season. This year, I had problems with injuries, but I thank God I was able to win in Chicago and retain my World Marathon Majors title,” he said in an article posted on The Standard’s Web site.

But besides a world record attempt, Wanjiru is keeping his plans close to the vest, saying “when the right time comes, I will make my plans known.”

Another top-tier Kenyan looking to win big next year is two-time world marathon champion Catherine Ndereba. She has announced she will  run a spring marathon, but hasn’t specified which race yet. “Overall, my aim is to maintain my shape and remain as competitive as I can,” she said. The 38-year-old marathon specialist also owns two Olympic silver medals.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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