Catherine Ndereba Passes The Baton

Two-time silver medalist Catherine Nderba will not take part in the 2012 Olympic Marathon. Photo:

She shares some tips for her Kenyan teammates. 

Two-time Olympic Marathon silver medalist Catherine Ndereba has been nicknamed “The Great” for a good reason. The Kenyan marathon ace has enjoyed a long and successful career that now appears to be nearing an end.

Ndereba will not be heading to the 2012 London Olympics, but she remains confident that the Olympic-Marathon-bound Kenyans Mary Keitany, Edna Kiplagat, and Priscah Jeptoo have an excellent chance of brining home the gold.

“Surely, we have the most fantastic team ever and it is the hope of everyone that this is the year that we are going to have the gold,” she said. “I have come closest by scoring two silvers in two Olympics and what we need is the gold medal.”

Ndereba, who trains much of the year in Valley Forge Park outside Philadelphia, has some words of advice for her fellow runners.

“They should understand that this is not like any other individual race,” she noted. “They should pay much attention and stay focused, know that all other nationalities will be there and they should be careful and run as a team while maintaining team spirit.”

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