Legendary former marathoner Catherine Ndereba makes bold prediction for Kenya at upcoming Paris Olympics

Legendary former marathoner Catherine Ndereba makes bold prediction for Kenya at upcoming Paris Olympics

Mark Kinyanjui 16:40 - 15.05.2024

Ndereba has made a bold prediction about Kenya's chances in the women's marathon at the upcoming Olympic games in Paris this August.

Legendary former marathoner Catherine Ndereba has exuded confidence in the Kenyan women's marathon squad ahead of the Paris Olympics.

With a lineup boasting stellar talents in reigning Olympic champion  Peres Jepchirchir, silver medalist Brigid Kosgei, two-time Boston Marathon champion Hellen Obiri, and Sharon Lokedi as reserve, Ndereba believes the team is poised for podium domination.

Ndereba, who won four Boston marathon titles and two silver medals during her running days, was quick to praise the selection panel for assembling a formidable team/

Ndereba expressed her belief in their capability to sweep the board in Paris. "The panel that sat and selected the team did a great job,” She said as quoted on The Star.

“In my opinion, the team is very strong and has the capability of sweeping the board in Paris," she remarked, highlighting the strength and depth of the squad.

While emphasizing the importance of teamwork among the athletes, Ndereba also cautioned against underestimating their opponents. "The athletes should embrace teamwork. 

“They should also not underrate the opponents because anybody can carry the day," she advised, stressing the need for focus and diligence in preparation.

Ndereba addressed the threat posed by the Ethiopian contingent, led by women's world marathon record holder Tigist Assefa. 

Despite Assefa's impressive performance and record-breaking feat, Ndereba remained unfazed, citing the difference between city marathons and major championships as a crucial factor. "Every event is different and all we need is to plan better," she asserted, downplaying the threat from the Ethiopian team.

Reflecting on the significance of championships versus city marathons, Ndereba emphasized the primary goal for athletes in major competitions: winning gold.

 "With championships, all that counts is the performance. It's not about the world record or time as is the case with city marathons," she explained, highlighting the distinct focus on medal achievement.

Drawing from her illustrious career, Ndereba shared insights into the advancements in technology that aid today's athletes, including specialized shoes and technological innovations in the sport. 

While acknowledging these advancements, she also raised concerns about the rising prevalence of doping among young athletes, urging them to remain focused, embrace teamwork, and avoid doping at all costs.

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