Kenyan fencer Alexander Ndolo makes ambitious target for Paris Olympics

Kenyan fencer Alexander Ndolo makes ambitious target for Paris Olympics

Mark Kinyanjui 15:06 - 13.05.2024

Alexander Ndolo has revealed her specific targets at the upcoming Paris Olympic Games.

German-born Kenyan fencer Alexander Ndolo is setting her sights on making history at the upcoming Paris Olympic Games as she aims to become the first woman to represent Kenya in the sport on such a prestigious stage.

Ndolo boasts an impressive resume, having previously represented Germany at various international competitions, including the 2013 Summer Universiade and multiple editions of the World Fencing Championships. 

Her achievements for Germany include winning a silver medal in the women's epee event at the 2017 European Fencing Championships in Georgia, as well as clinching bronze at the 2019 European Fencing Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany. Additionally, she secured a silver medal at the 2022 World Fencing Championships held in Cairo, Egypt.

In July 2022, Ndolo made the decision to switch her representation to Kenya, a move that came with its own set of challenges, which she has since overcome. Her dedication and talent were evident as she claimed the African title in Casablanca, Morocco, in June of the same year.

Ndolo's journey to the Paris Olympics was solidified after she secured qualification during the 2024 FIE Women's Epee World Cup, which concluded on March 22 in Nanjing, China, marking the final qualifying championship for the Paris Games.

As she continues her intensive preparations for the Olympics, attending training camps and competitions in France, Poland, and other locations, Ndolo has outlined her ambitious targets for the upcoming event.

“Those last weeks were kind of draining and really tough, so it was a big relief when I finally qualified,” Ndolo told Olympics Kenya.

“I was really happy when I qualified. I felt all those emotions, but now, I am working towards the competition. “

A medal for Ndolo in the Paris Games would also mean an addition from the traditional discipline through which Kenya has raked in medals in the past – athletics.

“I do not want to just participate. I want to win a medal. It is only four months till the games and I really want to ensure I have the best competition I can have," she added.

“I set the highest bar for myself because I am making history just by going for Kenya, so everything I am doing now are like the first steps in history. I have really high expectations for myself and I want to win a medal.”

Ndolo finished 11th overall out of 200 contestants, a performance that placed her at14th in the world, in the 2023/2024 ranking - the highest placed African.

Alexandra's late dad Dr Donald Ndolo was a Kenyan while her mother - Barbara Sabarth is from Poland. The two met while he was undertaking a Master's degree in Poland.

Asked about what she loved most about Kenyans, Ndolo was quick to praise their welcoming nature.

“I really love how appreciative Kenyans are. How much joy they bring because people are really behind you and wishing you all the best.”

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